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September 2015
"Hardcore Friends
Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!

Aaron Lee Tasjan to Release "In The Blazes"

Aaron Lee Tasjan is the new voice of East Nashville, and if you know what's good for you, you'll listen up.
After seeing ALT play an acoustic set in the back room of fooBar in early 2014, I knew one thing for sure: This guy is something else. With a six-string slung over his shoulder and half-an-hour's worth of clever, earnest and slightly smartass lyrics, Tasjan proved he is here for the long-haul. The overwhelming connection that brought me from approving nods to welling tears to mid-song applause and back again is something I've not felt before or since. 
Fortunately, ALT's provoking live show translates well into more polished studio recordings. After quite a few well-received releases, including an EP Telling Stories to the Wall earlier this year, Aaron Lee Tasjan is dropping his latest full-length album In the Blazes 10.6. And the music world is already buzzing. (Example: This NPR feature.)
 Give three of the new songs a listen below and pre-order In the Blazes to get it before all your friends. -Caroline Bowman




The Clover Club Album Release Party at Foobar 8.29

Hard rockers The Clover Club are set to release their self-titled, full length debut this Saturday 8.29 at Foobar in East Nashville.

The Clover Club's hard-hitting tunes are injected with booze and bass, and their latest single "Devil" will have you headbanging so hard, you'll wake up in their namesake, a gone-but-not-forgotten bar in McEwen, TN.

Come by Foobar on Saturday for a FREE show in the new beer garden. The show kicks off around 3PM and goes 'til 9PM.

Check out their single "Devil" below!



PREMIERE: Sara Syms, "Crossroads"

The South has a deeply-rooted history, and the music that draws from it contains a certain darkness that lingers under the shade of mossy oaks, at the bottom of old drinking wells and in the pages of generations-old Bibles. Music City-based Americana singer/songwriter Sara Syms has captured that Southern heritage heartache and injected it into her rendition of Robert Johnson's classic song "Crossroads."

The single showcases Syms' beautifully heavy-hearted vocals atop an acoustic guitar, distant guitar wails and the crackling of an open flame.

We at The Deli are proud to premiere the music video for Sara Syms' "Crossroads." Watch the Nashville-inspired video below and listen for Syms' upcoming album Way Back Home to be released later this year. -Caroline Bowman





Wildwood Revival, Athens, GA 8.29-30

 Dubbed "The festival for people who don't like festivals," Wildwood Revival is stripping down the summer fest to create a refreshing, intimate, homespun cultural experience.

Nestled in the rolling hills outside of Athens, GA, Wildwood Revival will feature local food and goods vendors, camping on a historic 30-acre farm, a Saturday night dance party and, of course, amazing live music. The lineup blurs the country/rock line with acts like American Aquarium, Water Liars, Tall Tall Trees and Nashville's very own Blackfoot Gypsies

Give the bands a listen in the Wildwood Revival playlist below. Keep an eye out for our review, and we hope to see you there! -Caroline Bowman





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