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

Breaklite have branded themselves “the stoner punks (from hell) we all know and love,” and that just might be the case after you take their debut EP Bloodshot for a spin. It gave us the feels, and we’re down to see/hear where this party bus is going. We recently caught up with frontman Johnny Germ for our Featured Artist(s) Q&A. Check it out below, and join the cult!

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Johnny Germ: Well, I have been playing in bands since I was in high school in 2005, and my brother Casey Germ and Steve Hagan have been in and out of bands with each other since about 2007/2008. After those bands dissolved, I played acoustic for a while, and was longing to get back into the whole band thing so in 2014/2015 we decided to get together and write some songs.

TD: Where did the name Breaklite come from?

JG: Well, my brother was driving down the highways thinking of band names, and he saw a sea of brake lights a head of him and thought “what a sick name” so we decided to mess with the spelling and viola! We are now the stoner punks we all know and love, Breaklite.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

JG: Our influences range so much from bands like Iggy and the Stooges, Johnny Cash, T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Jay Reatard, Nirvana, The Replacements, Fidlar, Black Flag, Oasis…. The list goes on, but if you listen closely, you can hear a little bit of everything.

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

JG: Currently, we are all huge fans of the UK band Shame. We’re also really into Full Bush, Grace Vonderkuhn, The Valets, Thin Lips, and (our homies) The Warhawks.

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

JG: I can’t speak for the rest of the band but my first concert was Warped Tour 2005, and the first album I ever bought was Blink 182’s Dude Ranch in 6th grade. Still one of my favorites to this day.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

JG: Well, there’s the kick-ass music scene and venues like Kung Fu Necktie, Boot & Saddle, Johnny Brenda’s, Connie’s Ric Rac, and The Barbary. Also, cheesesteaks though… we all love cheesesteaks... and the Eagles. GO BIRDS!

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

JG: I don’t wanna sound corny, but there isn’t much to hate…

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

JG: 2019 brings a lot our way. Whether it’s the launch of our “indie label” Club Germ Records, working on our follow-up full-length to the Bloodshot EP, or my personal favorite - our upcoming tour to SXSW.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

JG: Probably the last one we played at the Barbary. The crowd was great, and we played our hearts out with two bands we have so much love for being Full Bush and Grace Vonderkuhn.

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

JG: Is this a food question? If so, I’m saying an Italian hoagie with hot peppers…hahaha.

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The Daisy Heaves "Gramophone Ghost"

Psych Pop band The Daisy Heaves have released an emotional and meaningful album called Gramophone Ghost. The album is dedicated to Jason William Paszek of Animal Holograms who passed away in September of 2017.

The Daisy Heaves are primarily the work of R. Dwhale, and on this project he is joined by David Lawrence on Guitar and Jake Besen on Drums.

All proceeds from this project are being donated to Thresholds, a local non-profit that helps people with mental illness with housing, employment, and recovery.

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New Music Video: "Something On Your Mind" - Secret Nudist Friends

So we've diggin' on Philly's own Secret Nudist Friends for quite a while now. Their split EP with pals and fellow bandmates Blushed was our July Record of the Month 2018, and we are definitely interested in hearing a new album from the local garage-psych quartet sooner than later. Well, until that comes about, we have for you a new video for their single, "Something On Your Mind," which was directed by Deb Gilmore. Enjoy the groovetastic little jaunt with the gang through Point Breeze, and you can catch their next performance in Philly on Friday, January 25 at Everybody Hits! (Photo by Mike Arrison)





Steady Sun premieres video for "Television Eyes"

It might be the middle of winter, but the psychedelic music of Brooklyn's Steady Sun evokes the heat daze of the hottest of seasons (in the Arizona desert). We are premiering here the band’s latest music video, a sun-soaked vision of their 2017 track Television Eyes, beautifully directed by Slack Barrett. The song's relaxed pace allows the band to reflect on technology’s place in our lives - how it can both alienate us from the world even while providing a sense of connection to to others. Harkening back to the sophisticated psychedelia of the early '70s (think Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"), the track is built around an arpeggioed guitar that would make Roger Waters proud, and filled by an orchestration of vintage sounding instruments and uber-dreamy vocal lines. Stream it below. - Sunny Betz





New Ben Loomis & Flanafi EP Available for Streaming & Download

Philly's Ben Loomis and Flanafi, a.k.a. Pulgas' Simon Martinez, released a collaborative EP Hoss Flat, a homespun collection of melodically rich, meticulously layered bedroom pop. Although the album was recorded over a 24-hour period, the end result is a sophisticated and captivating experience. Both artists display an affinity toward 2000’s indie pop like Grizzly Bear, Akron/Family, and Radiohead, but have synthesized these influences into a delightfully clever and aesthetically robust album. Hoss Flat is rhythmically fit and focused, successfully threading together expansive melodies into a tightly knit sonic fabric. - Josh Kelly

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