It’s Billy here and I’m finally back writing for PDs after a handful of months in the Southern Hemisphere. JL thought it would be a good idea to offer our readers a closer look at recently featured up-and-comers Time Travelers so I sat down with the boys for a serious chat. I asked the tough questions and, for the most part, they answered. So, go ahead and take a look at this interview. I promise it is totally rife with sweet get-to-know-you type shit.
Two Sunday nights ago I sat down with Ben Latham, Andrew Wilcox, and Edward Sturtevant of Time Travelers to discuss all aspects of life. My name appears as WM.
Ben Latham: Hello my name is Ben Latham. I play drums in the Time Travelers
Andrew Wilcox: There’s no the in our name but, uh, I’m uh Andrew Wilcox and I, uh, play guitar…
Edward Sturtevant: Hi I’m Edward. I’m in Time Travelers.
William “Billy” Manchuck: Ok, first question: what is Wilcox on?
BL: The couch. Is that a test question?
AW: What is the answer?
WM: Alright so we’re gonna start with formative times. The formative times, you know, to give all our readers here at Playtonic Dialogues the fuckin’ idea of what goes down.
AW: Are we allowed to say fuckin’?
WM: Ok Ben, let’s get a quick history: from whence did Time Travelers come?
BL: The name?
WM: No the band, the everything.
ES: I can do that story. Basically Ben, Travis and I were walking in Boston.
AW: This is a good story – I want to tell it.
ES: It’s a good story that you weren’t there for. So were walking down the street, we see this guy walking towards us, dressed in full colonial attire and uh, he looked really confused and lost – but he was still trying to act casual – even though he was just wearing full colonial attire and wandering the streets of Boston. And he walked past us and we turn to each other and say you guys I think that was a time traveler.
BL: At the time we had been talking about getting a band together.
ES: We were like, wouldn’t that be sick for a really lame cover band to name themselves Time Travelers? And dress up in revolutionary era clothing?
WM: Nice. So Edward you basically just took my question about history and you just answered your own question about where the name came from – awesome story.
WM: So sophomore year – the genesis.
BL: It was in the winter of our under graduate studies –
BL: Career, sure, that we started writing original music. We had, what 6 songs that kinda came about? So we played some shows at Bates. We played a BMU [Bates Musicians’ Union] show.
ES: Page basement.
BL: Played a show in Page basement that was a sweet rager.
WM: The infamous Page basement show.
BL: Where Travis got his guitar smashed.
ES: Someone kicked his guitar’s ass for no reason.
BL: That was back when we used to play half covers
WM: So, junior year.
BL: So while we were abroad we kept talking over the interweb and Wilcox and Edward were sending – we opened up a Gmail account so we could all send songs to it. And from those song ideas we got a library of songs that we should actually play as a band. And we all got to know them real well, so we came into this year with already songs we knew song ideas that were palpable -
BL: Grabable – that we could just sit down and play. That was our jump off you could say. With our 18 song set, Saturday [the 11th of Sep.].
AW: 14 of which we didn’t have before mid august. We worked fuckin’ hard over this past month.
WM: Travis is the man, you should introduce him.
BL: Travis is our bassist.
AW: Travis who had never played bass before his first practice with us.
BL: But he plays every other instrument.
WM: Is he human?
BL: He’s an animagus.
WM: Why did you put together the EP [Bed of Roses, which dropped a few weeks ago]?
AW: I have an example that can clarify the answer – because the other night a kid from another school was at the show, approached Edward and he said I write for my school newspaper, I want to talk about you guys, have you come out with anything? And thankfully Edward didn’t have to say no but we have a myspace – he could say yeah we just came out with this EP, and the kid has a direct hit now. That’s why we did it.
WM: For you Edward: is there something more to the title “Bed of Roses” or is it really that cliché?
ES: I can be the bigger man and actually answer that question.
WM: Lets hear it.
ES: It’s about someone who becomes more self interested over time and doesn’t realize how its affecting the people around them.
WM: And he’s a florist
AW: Fuck you.
WM: Edward where do you get your inspiration?
BL: Here’s the real question: am I gonna be able to direct my parents to this blog post?
WM: 2 bands, not the Beach Boys or the Beatles.
ES: Ha fuck. The who.
AW: Say Radiohead.
WM: So Andrew has kinda been coming up and taking on a lot of vocal responsibility lately. He’s basically the best singer right?
WM: That’s to Ben
BL: What it really is, is that Wilcox’s mom called us like a week or two ago and said that she really felt that Andrew should have more of a singing roll.
WM: This is for Ben and Andrew as well: would you trade Ed for Peter [Note: Edward is a triplet and Peter is his brother]?
BL: I would trade Ed and a case of beer for Peter and Dillon [the other triplet].
WM: Who’s the leader of the band and who’s the asshole?
AW: Who’s the leader and who’s the asshole?
WM: Yeah dude.
ES: I think we can all agree on who the asshole is.
AW: I’m the asshole. I’m an asshole. Yo, someone’s gotta keep that shit under the whip.
WM: Who’s the leader?
ES: I dunno?
WM: How has coming up within a small college context shaped the band?
ES: Being at a small college and wanting to play original music – part of the requirement in a way – we wanted to make people want to come party at our shows ‘cause people want to drink and have a good time at college. So we’ve tried to bring them good music in that kind of setting.
AW: You can party to every song.
BL: Yeah that’s our goal. Party to every song.
ES: I like our goal because its partying.
BL: Yeah that’s pretty much it. And I think being at a small school helps, we can like -
AW: We have a fanbase immediately.
BL: Yeah everybody knows everybody and it creates this sense of community, like just having random people in the dining hall coming up to me and saying good show.
AW: Dude we have 4 years where we have free facilities where we can throw free shows that will be well attended every time. It’s such a good opportunity.
WM: Ok and last question: what do you want to have accomplished by the end of May, 2011?
ES: By next may wed like to have a full album.
BL: Yeah definitely, start playing some shows, like down in Portland. Gaining a base there.
AW: The goal should be to get on the summer circuit, in Maine at least.
ES: Wow, really sweet interview Bill. Jesus.
AW: I’m outta here.
As always, you can find some of these guys’ tunes on their myspace and you can download their EP, Bed of Roses, at their bandcamp.