x
Artist of the Month
the_deli_magazine

 
deli cover

March 2015
Blood Sound
"Nightclub
"
mp3
Blood Sound’s post-punk tracks are informed by an audible nostalgia for the dance floors and goth clubs of the latter ‘80s. Their latest LP Nightclub is a hybrid of dark wave and dream pop. Marrying synth-drenched harmonies with emotively vibrant lyricism, the subtle romantics of the band’s debut full-length fit seamlessly with the buzzing percussive backbeats of earlier cuts by Cold Cave (circa Love Comes Close) or The Cure’s “Primary” stripped bare to its core.
 
“TV Synth 1” sets the tone for Nightclub’s narrative with a brief yet textured prelude to “I Don’t Want.” Relatable like an antithesis of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” Blood Sound’s “I Don’t Want” personifies the complexities of yearning, desire, and loneliness. As frontman Chris Jordan croons “I don’t want the city’s lights to go down/I don’t want to find home,” guitar riffs magnify the weight of his words without casting them melodramatic. The track is a fitting anthem for the passing of youth, failed love, and transition.
 
The buzzing start of “L.A. Punk” explores that thin line between authenticity and commoditization, the song’s instrumentation paying homage in its own way to the early underground and its subsequent subcultures. As if channeling a sedated rendition of Peter Murphy’s tone and diction, “L.A. Punk” is as memorable as it is brooding. “Acid Summer” gives an inward glimpse at the intimate nature of grief, mortality, and memory. When Jordan sings, “The 1980s died that day,” the listener feels it in their gut. It’s undeniable. The connection between what is experienced and how that experience is remembered is amplified by the track’s thumping tempo.
 
“Empty” plays out like the perfect soundtrack to an inevitable breakup, coupling affection with exhaustion, with the synth framing the heart-wrenching truth of lines like “I was too in love to say/that your story was a bore/Now I gave up on bad dreams and endings/beginnings and beginnings.” It offers a viable catharsis for jilted lovers with a penchant for fuzzed-out refrains.
 
“TV Synth 2” precedes the lyrically minimal yet heavy “Embrace” which serves as Nightclub’s melodic memento mori. “Almost” is subdued yet gripping, slowing the momentum of the record in advanced of “TV Synth 3,” which unfolds like a VHS fever dream. “Fake Blood” is evocative, with reverb and a pulsating backbeat that swells as the song progresses. Arguably the darkest track on the album, Jordan’s diction is hypnotic, “Kill your dreams and wait for/the fake blood to pour out.”
 
Ending with the well-placed “Catacombs,” Nightclub’s final track encapsulates the thrill of beginnings and the way one remembers them. Set to a beat reminiscent of Joy Division’s quintessential single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Catacombs,” much like the songs that precede it, is reason alone to return to Nightclub. - Dianca London Potts

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.


Go to the old Top 300 charts

Cancel

scene blog

Creepoid

New Music Video: "Tired Eyes" - Creepoid

Below is an eerie new music video from the band Creepoid for the track "Tired Eyes," off last year's self-titled LP (No Idea). It was directed by Bob Jones, and filmed near their current stomping grounds in Savannah, GA. The band is presently on tour out west before performing at a plethora of shows later this month at SXSW. Creepoid also just announced that their new album Cemetary Highrise Slum will be available on June 23 via Collect Records. (Photo by Mitchell Wojcik)

|

New Track: "American Smile" - Creepoid

Though Creepoid is currently setting up shop in Savannah, GA, there ties still remain strong here in Philly. We're always interested to hear new material from the grungy psych-rock four-piece and former Deli Philly Best Emerging Artist Year End Poll Winner. The band just shared the first single, "American Smile," from its forthcoming full-length album entitled Cemetery Highrise Slum, and also announced that the LP is slated for release on June 23 via Collect Records. It was produced and mixed by Peter Mavrogeorgis (The National, Sharon Van Etten, etc.). Creepoid is presently on tour out west with A Place To Bury Strangers, and will be heading across the pond for the first time this spring as a group to do a run of shows in the UK with Pity Sex.

|

Legendary Divorce Opening for Creepoid & Amanda X at Boot & Saddle Dec. 27

Boot & Saddle must be in the holiday spirit, because tonight’s lineup is packed with talent from top to bottom. Let's start with the opener, Legendary Divorce, a four-piece who originally came together as a Nirvana tribute band for Halloween show in 2012. Their debut EP Make Me is a rugged blend of agitated aggression. The songs have a tendency to immediately pounce on one’s ears. Itarya Leo’s vocals occupy a space were pensive rage and sadness compact themselves. The unfiltered byproduct joins up with steady, slightly dark instrumental tones, which are forceful yet frayed. Leo’s voice etches a path through the noise-punk, thumping music like a fireball amid organized chaos. The soothing psych-shoegaze-y buzzsaw of Creepoid headlines the evening orchestrating a haunting beauty through ominous layers of noise that has a cathartic effect. The garage-pop power trio of Amanda X bridges the gap of their personalized sincere yet catchy tunes. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, October 3 - 5

While most of South Street seems be overrun with boardwalk-esque joints and empty storefronts these days, some much-needed rock will be injected into the once vibrant but now long gone former epicenter of Philly’s art community. Though Creepoid might have temporarily set up camp in Savannah, Georgia, their roots run way to deep in the city to not think of tomorrow evening’s performance at the TLA as a homecoming show. The transient crew has had more time to gel as a unit since the inception of Far-Out Fangtooth guitarist, Nick Kulp, to the band so expect the jams to get out there. They’ll be opening for Doylestown alt rockers Balance and Composure, who will be playing their last show in the U.S. before closing out the rest of the month on tour in Europe. South Street, you need this night. TLA, 334 South St., 8pm, $19, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
Other places to enjoy the fall weather this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Alex G
 
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI El Malito, SAT Amanda X, Myrrias
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) FRI The Pink Angels, Ghost Dads
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Northern Liberties, The Cats/You You Dark Forest, Widow Maker Social Club, SAT Stellarscope, SUN Bobby Barnett, PETAL, The City And I
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Peter Matthew Bauer, SUN Amanda X
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Banned Books, Needle Points, Drone Ranger
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Voss, Bok Nero
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) A Fistful of Sugar, This Way to The Egress, SAT (Upstairs) Not My Dogg
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Thorazine, McRad, Posers, Cheerbleeders, SAT (Early) Jeanette Lynn, Katie Barbato, Alec Stewart/(Late) The Phosphenes, SUN Torch, Cattullus, Philosofox
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Peter Stone Brown
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Sideshow Prophets, SAT Young Scratch, DJ Jeff White, SUN Nothing (Acoustic), Sad Actor, Mark Lanky
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Underwater Sounds (EP Release), Appalachian​ Gypsy Tribe, ILL DOOTS, MAMBISA SAT Flightschool SUN Katie Frank & The Pheromones
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Christine Havrilla, Christine Moll, Gretchen Schultz
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)FRI Hired Guns Blues Band, SAT Satellite Hearts/Steve Cal, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The One2s, Memories of March, Carving Out Fiction, Goodbye Four, Momma Hankton/The Funky T, The Rivals, Tess Emma, Echo Victory, Brady and the Bear, SAT E-Hos/Klockenhouzer, Spectral Lines, Samarkand, SUN DeathMaschine, Sys2matic OvrlOad
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Problem Solving, Overcoming Gravity Those People SAT Clashing Plaid, Decontrol, Missile Toads SUN Rev. TJ's Blues Church
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Crazy Moon (CD Release), Tony DeSimone, Paul Hocynec, Justin DePaola, SAT Dave Joyce Band/(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
 
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Auctioneer, The Dirty Cut, The Burgeoning, SAT City Rain
 
Ardmore Music Hall SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
 
StoopNation HQ (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Sacagawea and The Hunters, Yellow Spring
 
Lava Space (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI A Tree Named Turtle, Callus
 
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI We Are Fauna, SAT Leaky Soups, Twin Pines, SUN The Boilermakers, Sleep in a Ditch Doom Whore
 
The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Minor Setbacks, Uncle/Father Oscar
 
Little Berlin (2430 Coral St.) SUN Little Strike
 
Half Moon Lounge (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Traitor
 
Golden Tea House (Please Contact one of the acts or venue for more info) FRI Bone Bats
 
|

New Track: "Suns And Lovers" (Feat. Anna Troxell) - Nothing

Nothing just posted an acoustic version of their song "Suns And Lovers," which you can take a listen to HERE. It features guest vocals from Creepoid's Anna Troxell that were recorded in 2011. The track will appear as an addition to Downward Years To Come V2.0 that will be reissued on 12" vinyl (black, white & black/white split) via A389, which is now available for pre-order.

|

|
|

aom
Which of these local acts should be The Deli Philly's featured artist(s)?

[sponsored by]


aps
stompbox exhibit


- news for musician and music industry peeps -