Three questions for Tapes 'N Tapes

by Mikael Wood

These local boys have had a heck of a year, rocketing from indie-rock obscurity to, um, indie-rock renown on the back of The Loon, re-released this year on XL Records. We tracked 'em down in Australia and requested some reflection.

City Pages: Describe the biggest change the band experienced in 2006.

Erik Appelwick: We got tighter as a band. Now I always know when Jeremy [Hanson] is going to rush a drum fill, and I know when Matt [Kretzman] is going to come across the stage and try to make me fuck up by hitting me with his tambourine.

Matt Kretzman: At the beginning of the year, playing out of town meant Madison or Chicago. Now, later today, I might be jumping into the Indian Ocean!

CP: Best tour meal?

EA: The best I can remember would have been in Nottingham, in the U.K.: mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette, incredible beef stroganoff, and a fresh-baked cheesecake for dessert. By all accounts, this was a complete fluke, because the food in the U.K. categorically sucks ass.

Josh Grier: We were in New York in July when we were on Letterman, and after the show we went out to celebrate. I had the best steak I've had in my life.

CP: What's up in 2007? More touring? Recording? Catching up on Lost?

EA: We might be touring again as soon as April. In the winter we plan to get a heaping helping of new songs on our plate and then take said plate into the studio and make the best record we can. Lost was on TV last night when I got to the hotel after our show in Melbourne, and watching it proved that I do in fact need to catch up, because I had absolutely no fucking idea what was going on.

Mere hours after the conclusion of this interview, Australian hoods robbed the Tapes' tour van, making off with, among other things, two laptop computers, a few guitar pedals, and several personal effects. Help dull the memory of their loss as Tapes 'N Tapes come home to First Avenue on Friday, Decemeber 29, with Dosh and Halloween, Alaska. 18+. $10/$12 at the door. 8:00 p.m.