Photo by G.
Pictureplane and Geoffrey Dicker
I admit it! The first time I saw Pictureplane perform, I wasn’t into it. The sound in the venue was so loud that it basically made my ears bleed. Coupled with the fact that he opened for Crystal Castles that night, whose shows are super rowdy (read: I am too old for that shit), the crowd was unruly from beginning to end. Making matters worse, an enormous amount of baby powder was introduced into the crowd towards the end of the show (it was part of the performance) and I nearly passed out from it. I pretty much wrote off Pictureplane from that moment.
Flash forward many months later and I got the opportunity to interview Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane for the CMJ episode of MTV’s Weird Vibes. (Details on the episode to come soon, so stay tuned). He was so cool to talk to and was great to interview. He has a great sense of humor and after running into him several more times at CMJ, I am happy to report, instead of punching my lights out, he was always super friendly towards me. 🙂
I turned a new leaf and decided to check out his album “Thee Physical” and I am happy to report – I am a fan! I definitely blame the sound in the venue for making everything sound so distorted because the album is a total fun dance party from start to finish. To think I would have missed out on a lot of good music because of that night is distressing, but better late than never, I always say. Check out Pictureplane’s Soundcloud page as there are a ton of free remixes! I hope you become a fan! Thanks again Pictureplane!
Photos by G.
Travis Egedy - Pictureplane
On April 14, 2010, Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane took the stage to warm up the rowdy sold-out crowd for Crystal Castles at the Fillmore East in New York. His music can be described as “dark synth pop.” His stage show can be described as a deleted scene from “Eyes Wide Shut.” After the first song, a woman in a white dress (later identified as “the librarian”) walked out on stage and started thumbing through a book. She then started writing on some of the pages, tore them out, and threw them into the crowd. Perhaps the ecstasy was kicking in by this point because the people in the front were clamoring to grab them as if they were unreleased pages of the manuscript from the “Twilight” series!
The Librarian on stage with Pictureplay.
To make things even more bizarre, another man (later identified as “the alchemist”) walked out onto the stage and started emptying out bottles of baby powder on the stage and then took a whip and started whipping the baby powder into the air. The next thing you knew, the entire room was engulfed in a cloud of baby powder. The audience didn’t quite know how to react. As this was my first time seeing Pictureplane, I wasn’t sure if I should be enjoying myself or trying to figure out a way to send him my dry-cleaning bill. After several minutes of this, the crowd was no longer amused. When Pictureplane announced he was leaving the stage, thunderous applause were heard in the Fillmore East. When the lights came back on, an obviously irritated road crew cleaned up the mess.
The Alchemist on the far right. Baby powder gives this photo a "rain effect."