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Bye-Bye!

Dear Deli Philly Readers,

I’m a procrastinator by nature, and this is certainly a post that I’ve been procrastinating to write. When I first became involved with the Philly music community, I started with booking shows at various spaces and for local area acts. I remember coming out to a show in Brooklyn to support one of the local bands that I was helping out, and I was really interested in figuring out how I could connect similar-minded, up-and-coming NYC acts with the lesser known yet talented Philly artists that I was assisting. During that time, if you had heard of a touring act coming to your town, they were usually already a little too popular to really want to trade shows with any acts that they didn’t know personally and/or probably had never heard of. That was when I just happened to come across a print issue of the NYC Deli Magazine in a coffee shop. (I still probably have that copy somewhere because I’m a borderline hoarder.) It was exactly what I was looking for – a publication that was dedicated to giving exposure to interesting-sounding, indie/DIY acts that were still flying under the radar of the larger music blogs and news organizations.

I was instantly a fan of what The Deli was doing, so when I read that they were opening a Philadelphia branch, I was psyched to get involved. I have always been a bit of a music geek who spent way too much of his time listening to and discovering new music to make mixtapes, burn CD mixes, and create playlists for my friends. The Deli Philly just felt like a natural extension of what I had been doing most of my life. However, when I submitted my first post, I never imagined that I would be writing my final one over a decade later, which will unfortunately also be The Deli Philly’s last as well.

Running the Philadelphia site and helping to edit the NYC print magazine have truly been a joy to me and a labor of love, but as some of you may or may not know, I recently became a father, and I’ve been simply finding myself lately more interested in jamming on a toy cat synthesizer with my daughter and deejaying private dance parties for her than practically anything else in the world. So deciding to move on from what has been such an essential part of my life for over the last ten years or so was definitely a difficult decision, but it also became a much easier one. It just felt right.

I’d like to take this time to thank all those who have supported us over the years and those who have inspired us with your music, words, photos/graphics, and always much-appreciated kindness. Of course, extra special thanks go out to Deli Editor-in-Chief Paolo De Gregorio for his passion and genuine good nature, Michael Colavita, whom The Deli Philly could have never survived without for the last few years, Tedd Hazard for his creativity and humor, and all the wonderful writers and photographers who have contributed to The Deli Philly site. It’s been an honor to share your words and art. And finally, for those who might still be interested in what I’ve been listening to of late, you will soon be able to find interviews with some of my favorite musicians over at Delicious Audio. (That is after I take a much-needed vacation.)

Much Love to All,

Q.D. Tran

   

New Queen Jesus Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Dedicated to Spenser Spirit Hogans, Queen Jesus recently shared a new album, titled Glass Hat, which is available on cassette via Stereophonodon Records. Coasting along in a melodic jangle, with an underlying, unpredictable edge, the record seeps into one’s system in a peaceful, low-key yet well-honed manner. Sink into the shadows of the harmonious haze.

   

The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Arch Of Love

Chris Schackerman has drummed for such notable acts as Literature, Mercury Girls, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but he “was never satisfied enough” with his own recorded demos to release them out into the world. For Chelsea Brennan, making music was never “really a large part” of her life. The two came together a few years back to create a project that was mostly just for fun; however, with their latest collaborative effort, Arch Of Love, it became apparent to the duo that they wanted making music to “become a larger part” of their daily lives. Schackerman and Brennan have already released a few singles via Richmond, VA’s 6131 Records, and are currently working on their first full-length album. You can take a listen to Arch Of Love’s new track, “Reintroduction,” below, and learn more about our most recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner HERE.

   

The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Arch Of Love

Chris Schackerman has drummed for such notable acts as Literature, Mercury Girls, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but he “was never satisfied enough” with his own recorded demos to release them out into the world. For Chelsea Brennan, making music was never “really a large part” of her life. The two came together a few years back to create a project that was mostly just for fun; however, with their latest collaborative effort, Arch Of Love, it became apparent to the duo that they wanted making music to “become a larger part” of their daily lives. Schackerman and Brennan have already released a few singles via Richmond, VA’s 6131 Records, and are currently working on their first full-length album. You can take a listen to Arch Of Love’s new track, “Reintroduction,” and learn more about our most recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Chelsea Brennan: Making music on the level I do now is not something that was really a large part of my life before starting Arch of Love. A few years back, Chris and I also created a small project together, but I don't think we ever intended to pursue it the way we are with this project; it was really just two people sharing a common love for something and having the most fun with it as possible. This time around, I think the both of us found it incredibly hard to ignore that we really wanted to create something that could become a larger part of our day-to-day lives, and take on all of the other parts that come along with it that aren't just "fun". And truth be told, I don't know that I'd be doing this without him. I grew up playing piano and loved the feeling that creating brought me, but didn't feel like I had enough knowledge or tools to really pursue it the way I wanted to. Chris brings a lot of strengths to this that I'm learning throughout this endeavor, and it's very different when you have someone who not only collaborates with you, but also challenges you.

Chris Schackerman: My experience playing music in any real "band" setting has always been behind a drum kit. I always home recorded demos and wrote music on guitars and synthesizers, but almost everything went unreleased as I would always want to tweak every aspect of my music, and was never satisfied enough to put it out into the world. Arch of Love holds a lot of "firsts" for both Chelsea and I, as it's her first time really pursuing music in a serious way and it's the first time I've ever really been able to produce and release music I am truly content with.

TD: Where did the name Arch Of Love come from? 

Arch Of Love: The name "Arch Of Love" hardly holds any real "meaning". We came up with it when I was on tour with TPOBPAH driving through St. Louis and sending Chelsea pictures of the gateway arch. I don't quite remember how it specifically came about, but at some point, a text was sent (in jest) with the words "Arch of Love" and for some reason it just clicked. I don't think we let ourselves think about it too much as it just sort of fit what we were doing.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

CS: For this project specifically, when we were writing the singles, I think we were both on a similar wavelength with what we were listening to. Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins & Fleetwood Mac were all really big influences from the jump. What's cool about music is you can be influenced by so many different aspects of a song or band and recreate that inspiration into something original. I don't think anyone would necessarily say we're a band that really sounds like what we're directly "influenced" by. My favorite band of all time is Talking Heads, but you could just as easily catch me listening to Bjork, New Order, or Cleaners From Venus.

CB: As Chris said, some of our influences intertwined naturally in this project, which probably doesn't come as a surprise. However, two of the biggest influences of mine for about a decade now (who differ greatly in their style) have been Jonna Lee and Jeff Buckley. I discovered Jonna Lee's project Iamamiwhoami accidentally when searching for something specific on Youtube one day. Her electronic audio-visual project was like something I had never seen before at the time, and was very quickly sucked in. I had the privilege of seeing her perform live for the first time last year, and being immersed in it in person was an entirely new form of inspiration for me. The first song I ever heard by Jeff Buckley was "All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun," which was an unfinished track he did with Elizabeth Fraser some time before he passed. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard, and it led me to his album Grace. Jeff's way of writing music instrumentally and vocally so freely is something that sticks with me. Both artists I still very actively listen to, and their music continues to provoke heavy feelings.

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

CS: Anything coming out on Dais Records right now, specifically SRSQ, Choir Boy, & Drab Majesty. Some of my more contemporary, most-listened-to artists are Bernardino Femminielli, U.S. Girls, Soho Rezanejad, and Tamaryn. As far as locals go, Crozet and Lovelorn are the best!

CB: I'll echo what Chris said regarding the Dais bands. Boy Harsher is also a favorite, and adding Panther Modern to the list as I can listen to the 2020 Los Angeles EP multiple times in a row. Those are some that really stick out for what I've been listening to primarily. Special shout-out to Limousine, we played with them on a recent run with Lovelorn in Manchester, NH and Boston, and they're really creative with their live set and just kind people in general!

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

CB: The first concert I ever went to was one my mom surprised me with. Ironically enough...it was David Bowie, and Busta Rhymes (???) opening at the Tweeter Center in Camden NJ. I thought my memory was failing me when I first thought about this experience, but I looked it up...it really happened. 

CS: My brother really shaped my musical taste when I was growing up. I remember going to a free Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Penns Landing with him when I was probably 12 or 13 and then a Weezer concert around the same age. The first album I got was probably something like Blink 182 or Limp Bizkit or some Now That's What I Call Music CD.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

AoL: We've always said that Philly is one of the best places to be a band. The city is vibrant with art and music, rent can still be found cheap, and you're also only 2-3 hours from NYC, DC and Baltimore. We both grew up here, and I don't think we'd ever live anywhere else. Also the food (duh).

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

AOL: Parking. Always.

TD: What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

AoL: We're playing with Lust For Youth at PhilaMOCA on October 19th! They're one of our favorites so we're super excited. Other than that, we're currently writing new music for our first LP, working on some new merch designs, a new music video, and booking more shows.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

AOL: We played with Choir Boy a few months back, which was an incredible show. We were just excited to open up for a band we genuinely enjoy so much. A few weeks ago we also played in Wilmington DE at a place called Oddity Bar. We had absolutely no idea what to expect, but it turned into a truly amazing show with an equally rowdy and engaged audience. Those are always the best shows.

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

AOL: Pickles. 

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Los Gold Fires

Los Gold Fires recently released their sophomore album, Renegade. The album’s lead single, “Ya No Llores”, was released over a year ago and was accompanied by the fantastic video below.

This is the Psych Rock of Edgar Díaz (Lead Vocals, Keyboard), Marc Rendon (Guitar, Vocals), Siul Reynoso (Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard), Chace Wall (Bass, Vocals, Keyboard), and Cristóbal Mora (Drums).

You can catch Los Gold Fires on November 3rd at Lincoln Hall opening for The Ocean Blue.