Patrick Tape Fleming, 32, is the guitarist for Poison Control Center and Pure Gut, performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St, for Ganza 666.
Q: What are The Poison Control Center’s plans for 2013?
Hopefully recording a new album. Devin (Frank, guitarist) has been writing the best songs of his life, and I have a bunch of new songs. We were planning on recording this month, but with new babies coming out of some of the others, we are pushing that back. But in 2013 we will have a new album, for sure.
Q: How did Gloom Balloon come about, and how is the project different from The Poison Control Center?
Poison Control Center is one of the biggest influences on Gloom Balloon, in that I don’t want to do anything PCC has ever done. I’m not putting any electric guitar on it; it’s all acoustic and down tempo. I’ve never made a solo record, and I think it’s time for me to do something like that, because I’ve got to play.
Q: Do you have a favorite Ladd Askland story from over the years? (Friday is Askland’s birthday party, the reason for Ganza666).
Just that Ladd is the reason for the season in my book. His birthday is the beginning of the new year. It’s a big deal that PCC has always gotten to play. I think it’s super fun that his band, Pure Gut, will get to play it for the first time. Seeing him front a band is the coolest thing. I know he’s got rock and roll bleeding out of him.