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Nine Questions

Walter Gonçalves

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Walter Gonçalves has been a fixture within Tucson's indie scene since the formation of his post-punk group Early Black in 2007. His singing, guitar-playing and songwriting have helped earn Early Black a substantial local following for fans of underground proto-goth rock, as played in the late 1970s.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Ramones in Mexico City during the Mondo Bizarro tour, when I was 15 years old.

What are you listening to these days?

Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights; Siouxsie and the Banshees' The Peel Sessions; and The Chameleons' Script of the Bridge.

What was the first album you owned?

I think it was Michael Jackson's Thriller. I remember listening to it as a very young kid with headphones, and it was incredible!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Most country music. I'm not talking about Johnny Cash or other awesome country musicians, but the garbage I hear every once in a while on TV or the radio.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Joy Division.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Tough to answer. I don't feel guilty about any of my musical pleasures, but maybe listening to Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works too much when I was, like, 13 ... a little too pretentious.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Joy Division's "Atmosphere."

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Cure. Listening to their early albums really changed my outlook on music.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

That's an almost-impossible question to answer. I'd say My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.

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