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

Commonwealth Choir consists of Davis Jameson Howley (vocals, guitar), Nick Cislak  (lead guitar, vocals), William Chamuris  (keys, percussion, vocals), Maurizio Mazza (bass), and Jim Keifer  (drums), and the band hails from the “golden age” of indie rock or geographically Doylestown/Philly. They’re a relatively new act on the local indie music scene with merely one track (“Rest”) available for your listening pleasure, but look out for their debut EP Skinless coming very soon. Well, if you can’t wait that long, then swing on by the North Star this evening where they’ll be joined by The Lawsuits, Ali Wadsworth and Tallahassee. But first, check out our latest Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner interview with frontman Davis Jameson Howley and the gang HERE.

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

- by Alexis V.

Commonwealth Choir consists of Davis Jameson Howley (vocals, guitar), Nick Cislak  (lead guitar, vocals), William Chamuris  (keys, percussion, vocals), Maurizio Mazza (bass), and Jim Keifer  (drums), and the band hails from the “golden age” of indie rock or geographically Doylestown/Philly. They’re a relatively new act on the local indie music scene with merely one track (“Rest”) available for your listening pleasure, but look out for their debut EP Skinless coming very soon. Well, if you can’t wait that long, then swing on by the North Star this evening where they’ll be joined by The Lawsuits, Ali Wadsworth and Tallahassee. But first, check out our latest Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner interview with frontman Davis Jameson Howley and the gang below.
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
Davis Jameson Howley: Most of us have been playing music together since we were teenagers. There’s a great punk/hardcore culture in Doylestown where we are from. Everyone wound up playing in some sort of project together over the years.
 
In college, I started doing the solo singer/songwriter thing, and started a few projects with those songs, but nothing really stuck. Commonwealth Choir really began when Jim, Nick, and I started playing together in the spring of 2012. When Will moved back to Doylestown after college, we realized that it was something we really wanted to take seriously. Our buddy Farzad Houshiarnejad (singer of Night Panther) filled in on bass for us until Nick and I moved to Philly where we met Maurizio.
 
The Deli: Where did the name Commonwealth Choir come from? 
 
DJH: In all honesty, it comes down to pretty much two things: (1) We love Pennsylvania and (2) most of us sang together in high school choir. We think those things come through in our music as well. Both “Commonwealth” and “Choir” are words that represent the way we operate as a band, and our goal is to extend that feeling of unity to people who give us a listen. On a side note, our bassist Maurizio is actually from New Jersey, but after a couple of strawberry daiquiris, even he will tell you PA is his favorite.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
DJH: That’s a tough one. We all draw a lot of influence from the hardcore/punk scenes that we grew up with, which makes our love for folk and 60’s garage rock pretty interesting when it comes to writing. We’re also starting to realize that a lot of the 90’s music we grew up with is sneaking into our songs. It’s kind of funny, but I think we all secretly wish we were in Third Eye Blind or OMC.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
DJH: Banda de Turistas, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Cheers Elephant, Night Panther, Delta Spirit, Heat Thunder.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
DJH: Concert – The Chieftans; Album – Chumbawamba - Tubthumper
Nick Cislak: Concert – Blink 182/Green Day/Saves the Day; Album – Boston - S/T
William Chamuris: Concert – n*sync; Album – Good Charlotte - S/T
Maurizio Mazza: Concert – CKY; Album – Chumbawamba - Tubthumper
Jim Keifer: Concert – The Who; Album – Foo Fighters - S/T
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
DJH: Kenzinger, murals, house shows, La Colombe, citywide specials, Ben Franklin/Kevin Bacon, El Bar.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
DJH: Girard Ave.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
 
DJH: We are releasing the rest of the Shirtless EP at the end of this month. We’re getting back into the studio immediately though to record another batch of songs. We plan on doing quite a bit of touring starting in the fall, at which point we hope to get into something both weird and great.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
DJH: Maurzio and I used to live in a house venue called Jeffery Palace where our friend Victor booked shows. When I first moved into the house, CC played its second show there. I think Monster and Narragansett “sponsored” the show, which would probably explain why everyone there wound up mostly naked.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
DJH: Pickles and definitely mustard.
 

 

 

 

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