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Interview: Michael of Social Studies

February 21, 2011

While getting geared up for Noise Pop, we got to chat with local band Social Studies. Michael offered us his thoughts on the festival. Interview after the jump.

Is this the first time you’ve played Noise Pop? What is Social Studies’ experience with music festivals?
We played a happy hour show last year but this is our first “official” Noise Pop show. It’s awesome to be a part of such a storied institution. This year marked our first official shows at CMJ in NYC, SXSW in Austin and Noise Pop. Oddly enough the latter required the largest amount of lobbying. I’m Dawson [Ludwig, Noise Pop marketing director] gets pestered by plenty of bands. He’s a cool guy and I’m pleased he reached out to us this year.

Do you remember how you first heard about Noise Pop?
It feels like NP has always been here, like fog or earthworms.

What are some of your favorite Noise Pop memories?
I saw an excellent documentary about Wesley Willis at ATA. Jello Biafra spoke and it amused me to learn that he speaks the way he sings. At another show the dude from Les Savy Fav distributed individual pretzels to a packed room at the Mezzanine. I think everyone in attendance received one pretzel. We were all crunching in unison.

What makes Noise Pop different from other festivals?
I can ride my bike to any of the shows! Take that, Roskilde!

Does Social Studies have anything special planned for their Noise Pop show?
We’re playing a lot of new songs. Our next record is mostly written and we’ll be showcasing some of those songs on Wednesday. If you haven’t seen Social Studies in a while, here’s your chance to see what we’ve been up to.

If you could only go to three shows in this years Noise Pop line up which ones would they be?
Tough call. There are a lot of talented folks performing this year. I think it’s worth noting that many of the most exciting bands playing are local. With that in mind, I’m inclined to see Dominant Legs, The Fresh & Onlys and Battlehooch. Again.

Catch this great local act on Wednesday, 2/23 at Bottom of the Hill. They’re playing with Admiral Radley, Typhoon, and Fake Your Own Death. $12, 21+

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