Indie Rock

The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Broke Body

Being broke financially is a situation that a majority of fledgling artists can relate to. For Broke Body, life has been taxing in the physical sense as well, so they wanted a band name that would represent their lives right now. However, things haven’t been all that bad for the trio here in Philly of late. After discovering “a really dope, supportive community,” the group just released its first EP, Bleed, via local imprint Good How Are You Records, and claimed victory in our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll. “Exploring themes of dissonance, loss, apathy, and anxiety,” you can give Broke Body’s fiery debut a spin, and take a gander at our interview with the gang below. Tru.

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Jackie: We all met on Tinder, and realized we didn’t hate creating things with each other.

Rich: Jackie and Sarina started making music together, and needed a drummer so they asked me to jam a few times, and we decided to form a band after that.

Sarina: Tru.

TD: Where did the name Broke Body come from?

J: We’re always broke, and I’m always hurting myself. It doesn’t mean anything really. We just like the alliteration. Sarina named us Automanic at one point. I wanted to call us Moist Ointment Appointment, but no one liked that one. Rich is a band name generator, and came up with some cool ones, but every time we Googled it, it was taken. He started calling us Broke Body, and that one stuck for some reason. Band names are dumb. Thanks Rich.

R: Yea, you’re welcome. We thought of it one day as a way of representing our lives right now - broken bodies in the actual sense and poor in spirit and wealth.

S: Tru.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

J: Sixteen Jackies, Wave Action, Tierra Whack, Angel Olsen, Morning Teleportation, The Pixies, The Breeders.

S: Warpaint forever and always, Broadcast, SZA, dreamy moody lalala stuff.

R: Pixies, Nirvana, Weezer, The Strokes.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

Broke Body: Blushed, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, Puppy Angst, Secret Nudist Friends, Canine 10, Babe Grenade, Busy Bee Project, Heaven Man, Rasan In The Heyday, Sixteen Jackies, Slomo Sapiens, Amelia Belle-Isle, Sheer Mag, Faucet, Mike Space, Sun God and DistantStarr are all awesome local acts.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

J: Haaaa… My first concert was Elton John, and the first album I remember buying was the Marshall Mathers EP. That shit was dope.

S: I saw Britney Spears when I was 5 or 6 for my older sister’s birthday – very epic, very grateful for the experience. The first album I bought was Gwen Stefani’s debut solo album, Love Angel Music Baby.

R: My first concert was The Guess Who opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some of my first albums were Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

J: It’s an incredibly diverse place with an amazing, deep and supportive music scene.

S: Philadelphians’ unapologetic loyalty.

R: Philly’s sense of community and eclectic music scene.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

J: The goddamn cheesesteak thing. Also parking.

S: The Winter.

R: Public transit.

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

We’re heading on tour at the end of June to support the EP. Then we have a small Canadian tour at the end of August that we’re really excited about. We’re also getting back into the studio in Fall to record some new stuff.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

J: Our second show at Sin Bucket in South Philly. We played an insanely bad set, even for us. But we met Alyssa from Puppy Angst and Blushed that night, and they introduced us to a really dope, supportive community.   

S: Yea, the first 3 shows we played spanned a memorable weekend to say the least. It was my first time ever performing. Jackie broke his amp the first night and his guitar the second night, while we were in the middle of a song. We ended the weekend in Mill Hill basement in Trenton, NJ, where “Trenton Makes, The World Takes”. Oh yea, and for some freaky ass reason, U-Haul overcharged us a lot of money for our van.   

R: Probably our single release show. Everyone from Good How Are You Records came out to support, and it was just a great time.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

J: A bag of Rap Snacks and a cold pop.

R: Italian hoagie with Oregano.

S: Tru.

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JOB LP Release @ Emporium Tonight! (6/21)

JOB released their new album, Meaningless, today (6/21) via the local label Forge Again. This is the trio’s first new music since their 2016 self-titled debut EP, and it is a sonic adventure. The instrumental trio of Otto Junker (guitars/bass), Bill Myers (keys/synths), and Jim Myers (drums) create a sound that is somewhere between experimental ambient music and explosive cinematic math rock.

You can catch JOB tonight, June 21st, at Emporium Logan Square with Engines, American Draft, and William Covert. Proceeds from this event will benefit One Tail At A Time Dog Rescue.


New Little Gunpowder EP Available for Streaming & Download

Baltimore transplants, Little Gunpowder, recently shared a new three-song EP, titled Don’t Fall Asleep.  A stirring, scene-painting, singer-songwriter atmosphere opens its doors. Observations and self-assessments make for honest, unfiltered, lyrical portraits. Raw, emotive turmoil leaves a lasting imprint.


Goon releases new single "Check Engine Light," debut LP out 7/19

There's a weary quality to Goon frontman Kenny Becker's optimistic sentiment. "Alright/Okay/I'm walking on sunshine all the time," Becker sings on "Check Engine Light," subsumed by the anxiety that consumes his thoughts. His words may be sincere, but his dry tone says otherwise. And just like that indicator lamp that nags one to no end, it's a feeling that's better not to ignore—before it gets any worse.  

Goon's fourth single off their full-length debut, Heaven is Humming, continues their solid streak of hook-driven scuzz rock—a sound they've been refining since the release of 2016's Dusk of Pink -EP. Check out the band's forthcoming headline release show at Echoplex on July 18. It's out July 19 via Partisan Records. - Juan Edgardo Rodríguez


Fresh Buzz: Arthur Moon announces debut LP, plays Elsewhere with Palehound 07.10

We've been huge fans of Arthur Moon for awhile. Admittedly, releases-wise things haven't been moving at break-necking pace for the the avant-indie project of queer artist Lora-Faye Åshuvud, as it often happens with music that's a little more sophisticated than the average. And Arthur Moon's music is a lot more sophisticated - and complicated - than the average. But finally word is out that the project debut album, following their excellent 2017 debut EP Our Head and a few singles, is about to drop, and preview single Homonormo bodes well for an outstanding release. Subverting anything that can be subverted in the rhythmic, melodic and production realms, this vocoder and plodding drumbeat-driven song finds a perfect balance between experimentation and melody, with Lora-Faye's vocals guiding us charmingly and confidently through an unexpected path of sonic twists and turns that never sound forced. 

Arthur Moon will be performing live at Elsewhere with Palehound on July 10th, with the debut record scheduled for an August 2nd release.