San Diego's music scene is about to experience a bit of brain drain. Travis Trevisan, lead songwriter of indie-rock band Tape Deck Mountain, will move to Austin, Texas, in mid-August. Meanwhile, Paul Remund, Tape Deck's drummer and keyboardist, says he plans to relocate to Los Angeles later this year.
“No, no, it's just the beginning. It's a different chapter. It's chapter two, bro," he told me, jokingly, over the phone this afternoon. “I'm just going to find new people, start a new band.”
Trevisan says that he wants to move partly because it'd be hard finding a good local drummer to replace Remund, but also because he'd like a change of scenery. "I've lived here my whole life, so I'm looking for a change," he says, adding: "I've already got like 20 people staying at my house for South by Southwest. Even though I don't have a house yet."
Tape Deck's local following is modest, but they've gained some national buzz over the past couple years. Pitchfork reviewed their debut album, Ghost, and they recently returned from a five-week North American tour. They've gone through a couple different bassists--on this tour they played with New Mexico's Rob Kent and Nik Ewing of The Howls. But Trevisan and Remund remained the core members throughout, with Trevisan on guitar and singing and Remund playing drums and keyboards, sometimes at the same time.
Tape Deck released the solid Secret Serf EP earlier this year and recently posted a haunting new track called "Kellies" on their Bandcamp. They've recorded a lot of material for a new album, as well as a number of b-sides, and Trevisan says they might release a 7-inch or cassette at some point. But he doesn't plan to finish the full-length; instead, he says, he'll start over with some new musicians. Remund, on the other hand, will focus on his band Chairs Missing.
Even though they're parting ways, the two musicians are still pals. They live in the same room together in a South Park house and they were joking around together as I talked with Trevisan on the phone.
“If we were smart, we'd make up some bullshit story about we got in a fight," Trevisan says. "Paul wants to be the good guy. I broke a bottle over his head on tour after he promoted a Chairs Missing show on Facebook.”
Trevisan grew up in North County and says he'll always be a San Diego native. After we chatted, he called me back just to add one last thing.
"Thank you, everybody," he says. "Thanks to all the venues and the writers and the people that blog and go to shows, all the other bands. I'll miss everybody."
Tape Deck Mountain plays with Maus Haus and Swahili Blonde at Soda Bar tonight.