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

By: Alexis V.

October 26, 2018

Full Bush’s Cassie O’Leary, Adesola Ogunleye, Kate Breish, and Jayne Rutter found themselves bonding one evening over drinks and their displeasures with the “double standards for the upkeep of women and men in heteronormative relationships.” And in the sobering daylight of the next morning, they knew that something had “clicked,” and another rad band name would find its way on venue calendars and throughout the Interweb. Blending the individual members’ diverse musical tastes also seems to be something else that clicked on the band’s debut self-titled album. Though you might have been already rockin’ out to their record since the summertime, Full Bush will be giving it a proper coming out party this Mischief Night at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by Corey Flood and Resilient. Don’t be lame - definitely dress up & check out our Featured Artist(s) interview with the whole gang below!

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Full Bush: Bassist, Cassie O’Leary, put out a call on a local feminist group for people who wanted to play together. Adesola (drummer) and Kate (lead singer/rhythm guitarist) answered the call, and met up at Cassie’s home. They drank a lot of beer, talked about friendship, being a woman in Philadelphia, and jammed in her attic. Adesola met Jayne Rutter (lead guitarist/back-up vocals) at a restaurant they both worked at in South Philadelphia where they bonded over their similar musical tastes. Shortly after, Jayne was brought into the crew, and took the band to a new level of creativity and depth.

TD: Where did the name Full Bush come from?

FB: During the first night we hung out, and we drunkenly talked about how there are double standards for the upkeep of women and men in heteronormative relationships. How a man can let it all go - absolutely everything and still be considered sexy, wanted, and “rugged”. With women, if we didn’t shave/wax our legs, armpits, pubic region, etc., we were letting ourselves go. We talked about not shaving our pubic region and having a Full Bush. If dudes didn’t like it, well f*ck it. It’s cold outside, sometimes it’s tiring to do all the sh*t and we only do it for ourselves, not for men anyway. The next sober morning, we talked about it again, and the name just stuck. We thought it was funny, but there was something about it that clicked, and we didn’t fight it.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

FB: We all have different genres that shaped who we are as musicians, and believe that’s why we blend so well. That and we also hold a special place in our hearts for 90’s music of all flavors.

Jayne Rutter: Led Zeppelin, Squeeze, Heart, Thundercat (Suicidal Tendencies), Distillers.

Cassie O’Leary: Pixies, The Notwist, Slayer.

Kate Breish: Sheryl Crow, Third Eye Blind, The Republic Tigers, A Silent Film, Elastica, Nirvana, Jimi Henddrix.

Adesola Ogunleye: Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, The Death Set, Outkast, Future Islands, Valient Thorr, Busta Rhymes, Incubus, Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Garbage, Jay Reatard, Mastodon.

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

JR: Mumblr, Exmaid, Trash Boy, Screaming Females, mewithoutYou.

CO: Mumblr, Exmaid, Culturre Abuse.

KB: Trashboy, Lucius, Hop Along, On The Cooling Board, Grace Vonderkuhn.

AO: Mumblr, Hurry Up, Death (the all black proto-punk band), Queens of the Stone Age, Lonnie Walker, Interpol, Distillers, JEFF the Brotherhood.

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

JR: Norma Jean at The Church here in Philly; first album: Believe by Disturbed.

CO: The Cardigans; first album: Americana by The Offspring.

KB: The Y100 Festival 2002; first album: Vitalogy by Pearl Jam.

AO: First concert: I had been to a lot of shows in college because everyone had a show house or just a living room with floors that were not messed up yet. My first impactful living room show was seeing the first incarnation of Future Islands as Art Lord and the Self Portraits. It blew my mind, and let me know that music is what I wanted to be connected to for all time. My first big concert was seeing Wolfmother at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. First album I bought was Papa Roach’s Infest.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

JR: I love that Philly is incredibly diverse, and represents a lot of walks of life. I also love that you can be in 5 different cities in 5 hours from Philly.

CO: The camaraderie, the accent, being landlocked.

KB: It’s so small, easy to navigate, and everyone new I meet knows someone I know.

AO: Philly combines the best of everywhere I’ve lived all in one. Small city vibe with a big city attitude - it always feels like home, and I’m always discovering new things about it. People don’t give it enough of a chance, but when they do, it's something magical.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

JR: I hate Philly potholes.

CO: The camaraderie, the accent, being landlocked.

KB: The PPA.

AO: Stop all fusion foods now! Can we invest more money into people’s businesses that are Japanese, Indian, Taiwanese, Nigerian, etc.? We have the diversity; let’s empower our people! More representation in service industry in general as well.

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

FB: Put out our second album and tour more, eventually getting out west. On a personal note for both Cassie and Adesola, getting second jobs and paying off debts.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

FB: The Church with Ron Gallo, Johnny Brenda’s with Alice Bag, and Mercury Lounge in New York.

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

AO, JR & KB: Italian hoagie.

CO: Every last piece of prosciutto.