Thursday, August 2, 2012

Interview with Technicolor Hearts

This Friday August 3rd, The Project Lodge welcomes indie electro-pop duo Technicolor Hearts from Austin, TX.  We spoke to Naomi and Joseph of TH and here’s what they had to say.

For those who don't know anything about Technicolor, what can you tell them?  How long have you been together?

Technicolor Hearts is a new band from Austin, TX. We've only been playing shows for about 8 months but we've played in many
previous projects namely Agent Ribbons and Death is not a joyride.  Naomi plays violin and sings and Joseph plays guitar, keyboards,
synths, and programs drum machines.  We are both visual artists so in addition to being a band, Technicolor Hearts is like an art project
for us.  We enjoy creating a visual landscape to accompany our music and include elements of performance art and audience participation.  Mainly, we like to have fun.

You guys are on the road from Texas.  What do you miss most about your home state?

Food! We are super health conscious eaters and are used to having access to organic vegan food
24 hours a day at some of our local Austin eateries but it can be challenging to find good stuff on the road sometimes. Especially late at night. When we're on tour we live out of a cooler and make food from scratch in the car pretty often. 

How long have you been on tour?  Where are you going?  What else can you tell us about the tour?

This is week 3 of a 6 week tour.  We've been through the southwest, west coast and northwest and now we're headed through the midwest. This is our first tour of this scope and we've met a lot of interesting people and new fans along the way.  So far the small towns have been especially supportive and enthusiastic.  Eureka, CA and Pocatello, ID were particularly awesome!

What have you been listening to in the van?

Actually, to make touring affordable and stay eco-friendly, we tour in a small compact car.  Its one of the perks of playing in a 2 person band!
Recently we've been listening to St. Vincent, The Knife, Connie Converse, movie soundtracks, Disney sing-a-longs, and some stand up comedy. The new Frankie Rose album is pretty good. We also picked up some music from friend bands along the way: Yoko OK, The Monster Women and The Lost Lockets to name a few.

How did you each get your start in music?

Naomi comes from a family of musicians. Her mom, little sister and little brother also play violin. She started playing violin at age 11 in the school orchestra. She was classically trained, played in orchestra through college, and began playing in bands at age 18. Joseph picked up playing guitar and keyboards mainly leaning how to play them himself as a teenager. Both of us have played in and toured with a few different bands in the past few years.

So, you're coming to the Project Lodge here in Madison on Friday August 3rd.  Have you played Madison before?

Naomi played at Project Lodge once with her last band Agent Ribbons, but this is the first Madison show for Technicolor Hearts.

When coming to Wisconsin, get excited for good beers.  This isn't really a question.

Naomi actually does not drink, but Joseph and our tour manager Lizzie will definitely get ready to enjoy some tasty beers when we get there.

Do you guys home record, or...?

For our EP, we collaborated with our friend Eric Martinez at this really nice little studio in Austin called East Side Tone. We recorded some parts ourselves and he helped us with the rest.

Do you have any thoughts on why cassettes are more of a thing again now?

Nostalgia is definitely a factor for anyone who grew up in the 80's or 90's.  Also it's a fun way to share your music that you can make at home other than CDs or mp3s. Since vinyl is so expensive to make, tapes can be a great alternative for a band going for a warm lo-fi sound.

Can you think of an exceptionally bad show/tour experience from the past?  How about a good one?

We are a pretty new band, and have been pretty lucky so far so no exceptionally bad shows to talk about really. One of our best shows so far has been getting to open for Zola Jesus at a sold out venue in Austin! We felt really good about our set and both Zola Jesus and Talk Normal sounded great and there was such great response from the crowd for everyone's set.

What comparisons to other bands do you usually get from people who see your shows and listen to your music?

These are some of the ones we've heard...Bjork, The Knife, My Bloody Valentine, Beach House, Zola Jesus, but I don't know how much we feel like we sound like some of those artists.

What bands do you love?  What bands do you find you tend to emulate, whether you like it or not?

There are definitely a lot of bands we listen to a lot that are doing things that really inspire us. Recently we'd probably say it would have to be bands like Bat For Lashes, St. Vincent, Portishead, LCD Soundsystem, Joanna Newsom, Tune-Yards, CocoRosie.

What's the next thing Technicolor Hearts are working on?

After we finish the tour we hope to get a little bit of a break to work on new music and hopefully a music video. We would like to do maybe some regional dates before the year ends and then we really want to start focusing on writing a full length album.

Finally, when the Technicolor Hearts movie gets made one day, who will play Naomi and Joseph?

We are really hoping for an animated film. Maybe something surreal like Yellow Submarine.

Be sure to catch Technicolor Hearts this Friday August 3rd at The Project Lodge when they are joined by Madison’s own Problem Child, The Wets, and also The Mommies and Chud. (FB)

Tom Teslik

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