We’re excited to share brand new music from Abi Grace and the Feral Folk!
Abi Grace recently assembled her Feral Folk, transforming her one-woman wolf pack into a multi-wolf wolf pack. And they will be performing the second day of the “Liberation Through Music and Art Festival” at Uncle Sam’s American Bar and Grill in Spanaway, WA on June 6th. They’re the first act – doors open at 4pm and you have an hour to down cool beers on what will likely be a hot day before Abi and her folk get on stage at 5. Check out the Liberation Fest for live music and art vendors all both June 5th & 6th.
Abi makes music that is fun, deep and emotional all at once. And Hollow is one of my favorite songs at the moment, and I can’t wait to see where she goes with her new project. We’re proud not just to be the first to share Hollow with you, but to also bring you a little closer to Abi in the form of this rad-ass interview:
1. Who are you? What’s your favorite sandwich?
Abi Grace: Welp, I’m always working on that first question myself, but the basics are: My name is Abi Grace. I’m an overthinking sort, raised by two liberal post modern former ministers. Most of my early exposure to music and poetry was through hymns and the bible, but when I finally was exposed to alternative rock music with all it’s minor chords and melancholy. I was hooked. My favorite sandwich is the Rueben. There’s this place called Spooky’s in the Dalles in Oregon that’s kind on the way to Portland if you’re driving from Yakima. They make a really good one.
2. Until recently, you’ve been primarily a solo artist. What are some of the challenges and some of the high-points in putting a band together?
Abi Grace: The ultimate challenge was finding a band in the first place. I was never really TRYING to be a solo-artist, I’m just the kind of person that says “I’ll just do it myself” if I can’t find people to join me, and then making the best go of it I could. Finding good bandmates is hard. Not only do they have to gel musically, they have to be people you can spend lots of time with and they have to bring something different to the music then I bring. I tried to start a band for a long time and then I just lucked into these guys. I started dating Jeff (our bassist), he introduced me to Pat (our drummer) we started out thinking they would just basically be a studio band for me but we were having so much fun and worked so well together we decided to give it a real go. The wonderful thing about being in a band vs doing solo stuff is the music developers in new ways I wouldn’t have imagined on my own. Everyone brings in different ideas and experiences, and then we kind of play with them until we find something that works. That’s part of why I picked the name Abi Grace and the Feral Folk, the music really isn’t your domestic stock folk-rock.
3. Doing almost anything in front of a room full of people terrifies me. Assuming you like it, what do you like most about getting up on stage and performing for people?
Abi Grace: The thing I strive for every time I get out of stage is to help people slip out of their every day routines. I want them to leave a show feeling like they were temporarily transported to some place wonderful. I love the challenge of competing with everything else that goes on in a bar: the flirting, the the phones, the games on T.V. and putting together a stage show that kind of triggers that “this is something special and I should pay attention” bell in people’s heads. If people come up to me with that flush, excited, “I haven’t felt like this in a while” look on their face when we get off stage I know I did good.
4. What’s your pre-show ritual?
Abi Grace: Well there’s vocal warm ups, and pre-set and blah blah blah, but that isn’t really a ritual. I think for me it’s when I’m getting into costume for the show. Since my goal is to be a doorway to the fantastical, I try to put together costumes for each show that kind of blur the lines of normalcy a bit, like not straight out dressing in full renaissance fair garb but trying to dress up enough that people who didn’t know about the show would see me and think “Oh, she kind of reminds me of a wood nymph” or “She looks like she could be in an urban fantasy novel” There is something about the process of visually changing that lets me become someone boldly passionate and playfully wicked.
5. Is there anything you think about or do while you’re playing a show that would surprise the audience if they knew?
Abi Grace: Every song has these cinematic day dreams I can get kind of lost in, and if on occasion I forget a line or I repeat a verse that’s usually why. I’ll be imagining whatever it was that first inspired the song and then I’ll kind of jolt back to reality like “oh yeah, I’m in front of a lot of people….where was I again” Also, I’m generally watching people more then I think they realize. I’m looking for the instigators. The people that only need a little gentle shove to start dancing or singing along or anything else that heightens the fun. Bands often talk about how hard it is to get people to dance in Seattle, but I think a big part of it is Seattle’s got a lot of shy people- if you can find the folks that love to have a good time and who are comfortable with a certain amount of attention on them they kind of open that door for everyone else. I try to be that person whenever I go to someone else’s show as well.
6. You’re a Ziibra artist. What do you like the most about Ziibra?
Abi Grace: I love that with Ziibra instead of helping out with one specific project my subscribers get to be a part of EVERYTHING I put out- new songs, music videos, merchandise. Admittedly I’m still getting the hang of having subscribers (specifically having regular deadlines to put things up. I loose track of what day of the month it is often) but I always have new songs and demos and stories to share and it’s nice to have people to share them with.
7. Besides your upcoming show, do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to share with folks?
Abi Grace: We’ve got a lot brewing right now, but the big upcoming things – there will be a music video for the solo version of my song Sharp Teeth coming out soon. I don’t have a set date, but…soon. The band will be touring to Montana and back in August. Also, we have a tumbler page, (feralasfolk.tumbler.com) where we photo-journal our hiijinks in practice and beyond.
Check out Abi’s new project June 6th in Spanaway and her new song, Hollow, below!