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The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Voletta

The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Voletta

Once again, this most recent poll was a nail biter. Kudos to the efforts of Blood Feathers who absolutely rock with their sweet, sweet vintage sound, but today we are here to celebrate the victory by shoegazey indie rock outfit Voletta. We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Joe Sheairs before their upcoming show tomorrow night at the M Room with Hellican and The Deli NYC’s May Artist(s) of the Month The Aviation Orange.
The Deli: How did Voletta start?
Joe Sheairs: In 2002, I started Voletta with my friend Chris. We left the standard rock band we were in and decided to start a new project with synths and drum machines. Over five years, we completed a full-length record and an EP. We split in 2006.

We reformed in 2008, which is when we met Greg, and started playing as a three-piece. That didn't last long: Chris left for good to start a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. So Greg and I continued on, and have been working together ever since. For years, I thought Voletta was always doomed to be a two-piece, but luckily we've found two more members.
TD: Where did the band name come from?
JS: Voletta means "the veil" in French. I got the name from this ancient looking baby name book. The binding was disintegrating.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
JS: When I was little, I listened to my parent's collection of '80s new wave records over and over. Then I came of age right when the '90s alt rock thing was happening, so the combination of those two elements has always been my musical starting point. Sad news: I recently found out that my Mom threw away all the records without telling me.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
JS: We listen to a lot of Beach House and the Radio Dept.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
JS: Smashing Pumpkins, 1993. I believe the first CD I ever bought was The Cars' self-titled album.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
JS: There are a bunch of nice venues to play.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
JS: SEPTA. The strike last year had Bryan skateboarding 5 miles each way to work.  Not awesome.
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
JS: We're going to go back into the studio to record some new songs, and play out as much as possible. We're also going to continue our endless (and seemingly futile) search for a female bassist.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
JS: Our first show. What a mess. Greg and I wanted to get the butterflies out before playing a "real" show, so we played at an open mic night at this horrific bar in Jersey. Apparently, this open mic always turned into a jam session, so after we got done playing, this hippie guy came up to Greg and asked him if he could use his synth rig to jam on. Greg's face was priceless. We didn't stay long...
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
JS: The deli? You mean Wawa?
- The Deli Staff


Published: June 02, 2010 |

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