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

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

Our last poll was the most intense ever between City Rain and Slutever so we thought that both bands definitely deserved to share some of the honors. Below is our Q&A with City Rain’s Ben Runyan and Jarrett Z. Take a gander at what drives the duo to do what they do, or you can just catch them live tonight at Tritone and ask them yourself.
The Deli: How did the band start?  
Ben Runyan: Between a rock and a hard place - went to Temple University, broke up with girlfriends, jobless and on the down and out, we thought starting a band might be a good idea.
TD: Where did the band name City Rain come from?
Jarrett Z: City Rain was originally a solo project by Ben that consisted of downtempo electronic and dancefloor oriented techno. City Rain was a random song title.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences? 
BR: Talking Heads first and foremost. David Byrne is my personal jesus. After that, everything from Alphaville (Marian Gold!) to Joy Division.
JZ: Neil Young, Pink Floyd, classic rock and that funky ball from outer space!
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
BR: Gary Glitter, Drums of Death and Helios.
JZ: Flaming Lips, Phoenix, Bill Withers.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
BR: Some Mariachi band in my hometown. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
JZ: Probably that same Mariachi band. Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001
TD: What do you love about Philly? 
BR: The Broad Street Line.
JZ: The Broad Street Line.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
BR: The Broad Street Line.
JZ: The Broad Street Line.
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
BR: Put out a free ambient/space jam EP and play at some festivals during the summer.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
BR: Jonsi from Sigur Ros at the Electric Factory was UNREAL.
JZ: Radiohead and The Roots.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
BR: Meatballs.
JZ: Meatballs.
- The Deli Staff
Published: November 28, 2010 |

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