Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane

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WW: You have a song called "Goth Star," and you've mentioned to me before how you kind of admired the Goth kids in school for having the guts to be a little different. Can you tell me more about that?

TE: Actually a friend and I just finished a video for "Goth Star." I wanted this album to have a darker aesthetic, whatever that even means. I've always been attracted to that kind of thing. I wear bright colors but that's not even what "gothic" means to me. There was no "gothic" concept to the song. It was just a theme that was pretty interesting to me. The name kind of comes from Stevie Nicks who is sort of a witchy-goddess woman -- it reminded me of gothic romanticism.

WW: A few years ago you went on your first ever tour with Motheater: How was that tour and where did you go?

TE: That tour was funny. I remember it being the time of my life. I had so much fun. Their scene and the kids that they knew from tours and shows were mostly midwestern hardcore bands. We'd play these shows, and I was totally the odd man out every time. Not because I didn't get along with them. It was just that all the bands we played with sounded like them -- heavy bands. And at the time, I was doing these weird, noisy pop songs. We were friends and they said they were going to go and tour, and I told them I wanted to come.

I remember I had set up a couple of shows and one of them was in Providence, Rhode Island. We played with this drummer, Chris Corsano, he's one of the top jazz improv drummers in the world, and he's my age. It was just him on the drums, and it was insane. Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt was there, and I was just hanging out with him. It was cool and at the time I was kind of obsessed with Providence. The place we played was this random warehouse where one guy lived, and it was this massive place.

WW: Obviously Fort Thunder wasn't around at that time.

TE: No. We all lost a lot of money and had to pay for gas out of our pockets. But it was awesome and I got to hang out in New York. It was fun and it made me feel like a real musician.

WW: Your second tour was with Milton Melvin Croissant III?

TE: Yes, to the West Coast. I went on another one with BDRMPPL out east. And then another with HEALTH this past March. This next tour will be my fifth.

WW: You're going to Europe with HEALTH?

TE: Yes, all of October we're in Europe. It's really exciting. I've never been out of the country. I think HEALTH is very popular in Europe. We'll probably be playing some very big shows and that's kind of scary. I'll still do it and it'll be fun but when I think about it in my mind I think, "Oh god! I don't know if I'm confident enough to do that." But it'll be okay.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.