The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Northern Arms
- by Alexis V.
The fact that Northern Arms founding members Keith Peirce sang at the Bible Baptist Church of Christ Winter Recital as a youngster and Eric Bandel’s first concert was watching his mother perform with The Pocono Methodist Choir makes absolute sense to us. There songs sound confessional, hymnal and sacred. Northern Arms’ current lineup also consists of Travis Weissman, Jesse Short, Michael Tramontana, Heather Brann, and Mike Kennedy. They’ll be entering XPN’s studios for a Key Session this evening, and you can catch them live tomorrow night at Ortlieb’s. But first, check out our Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner interview with Peirce and Bandel below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Keith Peirce & Eric Bandel: We both fell in love with the same woman at the Pigeonhouse Cafeteria. She left with a short order cook, and we wrote a song about it.
TD: Where did the name Northern Arms come from?
KP & EB: Respectfully, that’s between us and the little man behind the red screen.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
KP & EB: Angelo Badalamenti, Ennio Morricone, Boyd Rivers, Chet Baker, Al Bowlly, Popol Vuh.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
KP: As a boy, I sang at the Bible Baptist Church of Christ Winter Recital. My first record shortly after was Black Sabbath’s We Sold Our Souls For Rock and Roll.
EB: My mother sang soprano in The Pocono Methodist Choir, and my first record was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Street Survivors.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
KP & EB: Cargo City.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
KP & EB: Frankly, we’re offended by the question.
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
KP & EB: Other than recording our forthcoming record, we’re all looking forward to participating in the 8th annual Black Tuesday re-enactment on October 29th.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
KP & EB: We were lost in central Ohio on New Year’s Eve looking for The Club. Our drummer over shot the town by 110 miles while we slept so we found ourselves in Tipp City playing for the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
KP & EB: We don't eat out often, but whenever we're in Enfield, Illinois, we won’t miss out on a visit to Odd Eddie's Deli and Magic Sandwich Dugout. Big Eddie makes a toothsome Veal Dagwood you'd swear was still alive.