… when a musician dies there’s a tendency to separate who they were in the spotlight with who they were off stage, but Travis would wear the same monkey costume behind his drumset or when he grilled a rare steak in his kitchen for his beloved mom, all with gusto and an electric smile, straight from his gilded, white-hot heart.
In 2010 Roky Erickson released his first album in 14 years, True Love Cast Out All Evil, backed by fellow Texans Okkervil River. Below, Okkervil’s Will Sheff reflects on the iconoclast and his time spent backing him.
The Rock*A*Teens were my favorite rock and roll band of the 1990s, a group that disguised heroic artistic ambitions behind a murky, mysterious, reverb-laden take on early rock and roll. I’ve heard […]
We need a myth. So insists Will Sheff on the track of the same name, and he’s right. We need a myth, a narrative, something upon which to plot the […]
One of my favorite Okkervil River songs, I always save “Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas” for December, as Will Sheff so perfectly captures the emotional undercurrent of the season. […]
Sometimes the movements of time’s big hands adjusts our fuzzy view of the past and pulls the picture into focus. Here we are in September of 2008, and Okkervil River’s […]