FLAG's Keith Morris on Being the Wild Old Man of FYF Fest

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Since FYF Fest shed the profanity and went all family friendly on us with that acronym, the two-day music festival that was founded in 2004 by 19-year-old music promoter Sean Carlson has gotten huge. Since it has partnered with Goldenvoice, the festival has gotten more established acts in the same lineup that heralds LA's underground scene. This year, My Bloody Valentine and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are headlining. But the festival has also spawned a comedy spinoff, Festival Supreme, which has snagged acts such as Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis. Keith Morris, lead singer of FLAG (which is the original members of Black Flag sans Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins performing Black Flag's music), helped build FYF from the ground up. FLAG is performing at FYF this weekend. While Morris apparently couldn't talk about how the Greg Ginn lawsuit would affect their performance, he did wax poetic about how FYF fest developed into the monster it is today.

OC Weekly (Lilledeshan Bose): You used to help plan FYF when it first started, right?
Keith Morris: I'm still a full-fledged, honorary member of the FYF or what was formerly known as the FUCK YEAH FEST, as a large amount of my early band picks are performing this year. Sean "Peachfuzz" Carlson and I would meet for breakfast and toss around ideas as to who we'd like to perform and what we'd like to have happen.

We'd compile lists of bands and solo artists that have included Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Tom Waits, My Bloody Valentine, The Melvins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Butthole Surfers, Jesus and Mary Chain, Limp Wrist, Primal Scream, Brian Eno and too many others to mention. I've been a part of the FYF for about seven years and each year the festival passes I get pushed down a couple' rungs on the ladder to the point I've become the senior citizen that makes comments and choices that pass through one ear and out the other. 'Yeah old man ... blibiddy, blabiddy blah!'

How do you feel about Goldenvoice helping run FYF and the festival getting so big?
My feeling towards Goldenvoice getting involved is that it's all good because they're cool peeps. Paul Tollett and his crew really care, and I've worked with them and Gary Tovar since their birth as a company. They know what they're doing, and it relieves Sean of some duties, which frees him up to actually get to witness some of the music.

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