It’s not always easy to know what your purpose is in life, but it’s even tougher to make THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE and consider a backup plan should a dream fail to see the light of day.
Five incredibly talented artists set to play our upcoming festival are up to the challenge, however, so we asked them: if you had to choose another road, where would it lead? Read on to find out what they said.
Dre DiMura, guitar & backing vox, Evol Walks: ‘Well in addition to my career as a musician I also spend a great deal of time acting, so I imagine I would be on set making films. I’d actually really like to live in London and do Shakespeare. Doing Twelfth Night or maybe playing one of the artisans in Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Brutus in Julius Caesar. There are too many great parts! I’ve also thought about becoming a journalist or moving to Italy to teach English.’
Endlessly catchy riffs and smart hooks form the backbone of Evol Walks’ songs, in parts a nod to shamelessly badass 80s hard rock progressions, while in others an ultra-contemporary fuzz chug…thing. It’s tough to categorize, which we LOVE, and it’s got guts. The kind of stuff to break things to…or just hold your lighter in the air and bang your head. Fantastic. For fans of: Le Butcherettes, Black Lips, The Kills
Adriana, vox, Tigercide: ‘Probably an archaeologist.’
Brendan, synths, DJ, Tigercide: ‘I would be a mushroom farmer and movie director. I would still wear black.’
For everyone currently frothing for the music from hit Netflix series Stranger Things, the resurgence of smart, sexy electro pop made well is a dream come true. Enter Tigercide, who have all the elements – throbbing beat, atmospheric synths, otherworldly vocals – and they know exactly how to put them together to create a sonic escape for the listener that evokes your most Nintendo/John Carpenter nostalgia. Ones to watch. For fans of: Gunship, Shit Robot, The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Victoria Scott, lead vox & songwriting, The Blue Dolphins: ‘Last year I said I’d be a novelist and this year I can say that I have the first draft of a novel that I am currently submitting places. I love words, in song or prose. The crafting of them entertains me infinitely. Words are powerful! I think ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are the two most powerful words in the world, in any language.’
A favorite in LA in 2015, the Blue Dolphins are back, their sound evolved even further, blending clear, pretty vocals with south-of-the-border, surfy sentiments, and a growing confidence. Unabashedly succinct, feel-good tunes from a duo who, from the sounds of it, are well on their way. For fans of: The Sleepovers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a sweeter, less fuzzy Mika Miko
Grover Anderson: ‘I love the English language and I love theater, so I’d probably be teaching at a high school and doing community theatre on the weekends. But I’d definitely be that cool English teacher who plays vintage vinyl records during tests.’
Wistful and clever, the wonderfully proficient Grover Anderson weaves together songs that mix youthful whimsy with heartfelt daydreams, delivering them to eager ears with a stripped-back, pure and well-considered expression. From the acoustic gems to rockier grooves, It’s the perfect road trip music, and it’s sure to be a killer live. For fans of: Paddy Casey, Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams
What’s your backup plan? It might be THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE but you never know if you’ll have to make it someday. Let us know in the comments below: