On Friday, the North Carolina punks share the stage with Midnight Snaxxx, GG King, Mutant Strain, Gumming, and Control Group
No Love don’t just champion North Carolina’s punk scene—they embody it. The Raleigh-based quintet writes sharp, fast, and ferocious songs that are equally dense and hook-driven—and like so many of NC’s music makers, they all wear many hats. Singer Elizabeth Lynch and guitarist Daniel Lupton make music together as Crete; Lupton and guitarist Seth Beard own and operate Sorry State Records, which put out No Love’s debut LP Choke On It last year. Not surprisingly, as Hopscotch curators the band chose to cast their net wide to create a lineup of “friends and buddies” that they hope will appeal to people in and outside of the punk scene. Ahead of their gig with Midnight Snaxxx, GG King, Mutant Strain, Gumming, and Future Now on Friday, September 6th at 9:00pm, we spoke to Lynch and Lupton about their long history with the festival.
What’s your personal history with Hopscotch?
No Love: We’ve played a day show and an official show, but we’ve been going to Hopscotch almost every year, either playing or just buying a ticket.
What is your favorite Hopscotch memory?
Brain Flannel at Lump Gallery. That was the year the Men played, and they were all partying and hanging out. Lump Gallery was a really cool place to have a show. Brain Flannel were at their best as a band. It was one of those nights where you stay out until six in the morning and see the sun come up. There was also the year that NOBUNNY played with Bad Sports as their backing band. Danny Brown also played that show, which was cool, but also so weird.
Tell me about the bill you put together for this year’s festival. Why did you pick these artists specifically, and what sort of commonalities were you looking to highlight?
It’s punk. We really just picked some friends that we could hook up with some money and free food and drinks. But, really, we were thinking about our role as ambassadors. We play in this very insular scene, so when we put this show together, we made a big list of all the bands like and thought about making something for a wider audience.
What do you love most about being an artist in North Carolina?
We have a very North Carolina punk sound. A lot of bands that come out of North Carolina have their own sound, but you can still tell they’re from here. For our show, we wanted to build a little window into our punk community, filled with bands that people should see even if they don’t necessarily follow punk rock all the time.
– Aly Comingore