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Silent Drape Runners

June 4, 2012

Photo by Leila Morrissey

Silent Drape Runners consider themselves the Das Racist of New Age Music. Formed in 2011 as a result of a monthly DJ night Russ  Marshalek held at the much-missed Veronica Peoples Club in Greenpoint (now moved a few blocks down to Matchless in Williamsburg), Silent Drape Runners quickly became a full project when Russ and Sophie Weiner realized they had similar interests in creating experimental electronic music with emotion.Their debut single, “NEW VIBES”, was released on 1/11/12.

1. What is your hometown?

 Sophie

Sebastopol, CA. An aging hippie enclave with TWO different stores that exclusively sell crystals/rocks and a homeopathic veterinary clinic.

Russ

Marietta, GA. I think that’s the same place Bradford Cox of Deerhunter is from.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Sophie

Enid from Ghost World, when I’m at my worst. Or Kim Pine from Scott Pilgrim, who is a total badass.

Russ

Kate Bush. She’s fictional, right?

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Sophie

Lizzie Kaplan who is incredible. Watch the short Successful Alcoholics if you haven’t seen it (and Party Down OBVIOUSLY).

Russ

Rather than an actor, I’m casting Matt Berninger of the band The National to play me. Vests and drinking too much wine? That’s me. Or I could play him.

4.) What work of art speaks to your soul?

Sophie

Way too many… the song “Unless It’s Kicks” by Okkervil River, which I’m considering getting a tattoo from. Every Mountain Goats song. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. The movie Before Sunrise. And Peep Show.

Russ

It’d be terribly glib if i said Dogs Playing Poker, wouldn’t it? I own a bunch of prints of the work of Michael Cina’s stuff for Ghostly International.

5.) What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Sophie

I read Tom Robbins’ Even Cowgirls Get The Blues not long ago and it was AMAZING.

Russ

Oh, god, read Cheryl Strayed’s WILD. She’s Dear Sugar at The Rumpus and literally every letter she writes forms a word that absolutely wrecks your soul in the best way possible.

6.) What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Sophie

Grimes’ Visions has been playing basically nonstop since the beginning of this year. It’s an amazing catchy pop record until you realize how sad it is, and then it gets even better.

Russ

Light Asylum’s self-titled debut album that just came out. It’s such a perfect, dark, epic record. Granted I’m terrified of Shannon Funchess, their frontwoman, but her ferocity makes for incredible music.

7.) What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Sophie

Very possibly The Muppets.

Russ

I don’t know, but I definitely cried at How I Met Your Mother the other week.

8.)Cat person or dog person?

Sophie

CATS, hands down. You know I work on the internet, right?

Russ

BOTH. Pugs. If you could breed a pug and a cat and make a pug-cat that’d be perfect.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Sophie

They’re both important. Real is a feeling.

Russ

Both. I feel like I tend to be too true and not kind enough, and that hasn’t served me well. I’m trying to be better.

10.    How do you define sin?

Sophie

Some sexist bullshit.

Russ

How do YOU define sin?

11.    How do you define virtue?

Sophie

Google “John Darnielle”

Russ

Doing the absolutely best you can for others, every day, whether you feel like it or not.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Sophie

It sure as hell will have a nice font. Although I find the whole “burying dead people in the ground” thing a little strange. Also I’m going to live forever.

Russ

It’s a triangle. And it reads “Well…”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Sophie

Grimes, Pictureplane, John Maus, Wes Eisold, Patrick Stickles, Kevin Barnes, Bradford Cox, Stephen Merritt, Will Sheff, Daniel Handler, Merrill Garbus, Erika M. Anderson, I could go on.

Russ

Tori Amos. Bret Easton Ellis.

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