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It appears Pitchfork has discovered Pictureplane

Tough to say for sure, but after reviewing a couple of Travis Egedy's tracks and interviewing him today for its Rising feature, it seems safe to say that Pitchfork has taken note of Pictureplane.

Tom Breihan, formerly of our sister paper in New York and one of the finest rock writers around, handles the Q&A, talking musical roots and connections with Egedy. The most interesting part of the interview, from our perspective, comes in the first question, when Breihan asks about the Denver scene.

Pitchfork: What's the Denver scene like? We don't often hear about new bands coming from there.

Travis Egedy: There's a thriving scene here. It's incredible, really. It is weird that it's not known. I live in a venue here called Rhinoceropolis, and just last night, for example, we had this huge show and it was just amazing. The local scene here is just really, really strong. It's very well known on an underground level. Bands that are in the DIY touring circuit are definitely very aware of what's happening in Denver. It's pretty famous, actually. But for some reason, no one has written about it, really, in the press at all, which is both good and bad, I guess.

I think there are some bands that really need the recognition that are doing just incredible things here in Denver. All the bands within our Rhinoceropolis circle here are really special, really unique within the entire country, and sonically very different. I just want to name-drop all my friends, but I don't even know where to start, and I know I'll forget some people. Definitely BDRMPPL-- they're definitely the same level as Pictureplane. Josephine & the Mousepeople-- I'm touring with them out to California in September. Alphabets. Milton Melvin Croissant III. Married in Berdichev. Hot White -- they just played last night, fucking awesome. There's so many more.

You may recall that Pitchfork took notice of Pictureplane in the first place because HEALTH mentioned them in an interview, so it doesn't seem impossible that the shout-outs above will wind up with some legs. Read the entire piece here.

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Kiernan Maletsky is a former Westword intern.
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