WHO IS GOOD TRAUMA?
In March of 2018 I caught an eleven day ride to SXSW with Asheville-based punk band Tongues of Fire. It was one of the most formative, exciting, and familial trips I had ever taken. I built a cousin-like relationship with every member of ToF, and ended up finding out about the drummer, Eli Raymer’s, solo project, Good Trauma. Good Trauma, sounding like something right out of Captured Tracks, reminds me of what made me fall in love with music: unapologetic emotion, and curious discovery.
A newly-named project, Good Trauma is a conglomerate of Raymer’s ideas and musical discovery interests put into a central place. The day before I moved to Chapel Hill in the Piedmont of North Carolina, I got the opportunity to shoot with Raymer in Emma, North Carolina, an “Asheville community,” as described by local News 13, a place where we both grew up, on respective timelines. The following photographs chronicle this photoshoot, joined by a pal from Asheville wholesome rock band Hug, J.J. Storniolo.