The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Buddie

By: Alexis V. & Michael Colavita

November 02, 2017

Philly’s Buddie exhibit grit and vulnerability, filtered through fuzz. The quartet taps into an enthusiastic pop accessibility, without shying away from exposing the dark corners of one’s mind. So, it comes as no surprise that the band was influenced by the likes of Weezer and Nirvana; however, the origins of the band’s name is a bit more unexpected. When we hear “Bundy,” we picture Ed O’Neill’s bad posture, hand in the pants, and wise cracks on a couch - not the eyes of a demented serial killer. As we await new music from the group in the upcoming year, you can learn more about our recent Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Buddie: Jake and Dan went to high school together in Cheltenham, PA, right outside of Philly. We met Sam (guitar) while in school, and we all played around in different bands in Philly. We all found ourselves between bands or in the midst of a few different projects, and wound up jamming. Tim came in.

TD: Where did the name Buddie come from?

B: Initially, Jake (our bassist) played drums for our first release, “Entitled,” and at the time, we named the band; he jokingly suggested we call ourselves “Bundy”. The rest of us didn’t understand his dark reference, so we changed a letter.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

B: Weezer, The Pixies, Nirvana, Replacements, Velvet Underground.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Dan Forrest: I can’t stop listening to “Raising the Skate” by Speedy Ortiz and Sheer Mag, of course.

Other locals: Mumblr, Loose Tooth.

National: I heard Car Seat Headrest while I was still in Africa, and haven’t stopped listening to them since. LVL UP, Ty Segall and co. (Fuzz, Meatbodies, Wand, CFM), JEFF The Brotherhood.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

DF: Philly Folk Fest as a wee baby. I took a lot of pride in buying Green Day’s American Idiot, and played that on repeat.

Jake Joseph: Trout Fishing in America at Jewish day camp. They rock hard. The first album I remember buying was In Utero - Nirvana.

Tim McMonigle: Iron Maiden at the Tweeter Center; Green Day's Dookie.

Sam Luckman: First concert was The Who; I went with an uncle and my dad for my 14th birthday. The first album I ever bought was Appetite For Destruction by the Guns N’ Roses on CD.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

DF: The music, of course, but a really close second is the food. You can eat the highest-quality food from world-renowned chefs, or get a $3 egg, cheese, and hash brown with SPK on a long roll (personal favorite) within a few blocks.

TM: The classic Philly Pretzels but no mustard, and I knock all of the salt off; plus, the fact that Boy Meets World was set in Philly. 

SL: Definitely the grid, everything is so organized. William Penn did a really good job.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

JJ: Too close to JERSEY.

TM: I-76 Traffic.

SL: Those little tawny birds I see all over the place. Like we already have pigeons, what’s the point? Who do I talk to about this?

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

B: Play and record music non-stop. We set up a practice space that we share with our friends’ bands (check out Lester, Qwark, and Stoops), and we’re all recording demos. We’ll be putting out a few singles soon, and an EP or album by the end of 2018.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

B: Our first show was at Jake’s house in North Philly. He shared the house with Tom (from The Retinas). We put on a show for Tom’s birthday; all of our friends came, plus a bunch of new faces packed into their tiny basement, and we finally let loose for the first time after practicing and recording for months.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

JJ: An Italian - lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, American cheese no oil or mayo.

SL: A Reuben!

DF: Egg.

TM: Plain roll, no butter.