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

Once again, this most recent poll was a nail biter. Kudos to the efforts of Blood Feathers who absolutely rock with their sweet, sweet vintage sound, but today we are here to celebrate the victory by shoegazey indie rock outfit Voletta. We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Joe Sheairs before their upcoming show tomorrow night at the M Room with Hellican and The Deli NYC’s May Artist(s) of the Month The Aviation Orange.
 
The Deli: How did Voletta start?
 
Joe Sheairs: In 2002, I started Voletta with my friend Chris. We left the standard rock band we were in and decided to start a new project with synths and drum machines. Over five years, we completed a full-length record and an EP. We split in 2006.

We reformed in 2008, which is when we met Greg, and started playing as a three-piece. That didn't last long: Chris left for good to start a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. So Greg and I continued on, and have been working together ever since. For years, I thought Voletta was always doomed to be a two-piece, but luckily we've found two more members.
 
TD: Where did the band name come from?
 
JS: Voletta means "the veil" in French. I got the name from this ancient looking baby name book. The binding was disintegrating.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
JS: When I was little, I listened to my parent's collection of '80s new wave records over and over. Then I came of age right when the '90s alt rock thing was happening, so the combination of those two elements has always been my musical starting point. Sad news: I recently found out that my Mom threw away all the records without telling me.
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
JS: We listen to a lot of Beach House and the Radio Dept.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
JS: Smashing Pumpkins, 1993. I believe the first CD I ever bought was The Cars' self-titled album.
 
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
JS: There are a bunch of nice venues to play.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
JS: SEPTA. The strike last year had Bryan skateboarding 5 miles each way to work.  Not awesome.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2010?
 
JS: We're going to go back into the studio to record some new songs, and play out as much as possible. We're also going to continue our endless (and seemingly futile) search for a female bassist.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
JS: Our first show. What a mess. Greg and I wanted to get the butterflies out before playing a "real" show, so we played at an open mic night at this horrific bar in Jersey. Apparently, this open mic always turned into a jam session, so after we got done playing, this hippie guy came up to Greg and asked him if he could use his synth rig to jam on. Greg's face was priceless. We didn't stay long...
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
JS: The deli? You mean Wawa?
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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Power Animal Makes Me Happy at DDG June 2

There is something about Power Animal that takes me to my happy place. Not really sure if it’s Keith Hampson’s calming vocal delivery, his beautifully orchestrated arrangements or his casually poetic, thought-provoking prose, but I just feel the need to share it with everyone. Grab Power Animal’s People Songs from Waaga Records, and your world might become a happier place too! Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $ 10 donation, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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The Ghost in You Latest Video “Losing Light” Made w/Nintendo DSi



The Ghost in You is Billy Polard. He writes and records all his music on a 4 track cassette recorder. He has made two music videos so far. One featuring animated characters he drew mixed with live action and large cardboard cut out creatures, and his newest video for “Losing Light”, was made entirely by himself on a Nintendo DSi. ‘I think its probably the first full length music video made with a gameboy.’” - From The Open Blog

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The Deli’s June CD of the Month: Yellow Life Giver - Creepoid

Creepoid is another one of those buzz-worthy local bands crawling out from basements of homes/makeshift practice spaces/recording studios lately in Philly. On their debut EP Yellow Life Giver, they use a reel-to-reel tape machine circa ’56 to help document their evolution. Yes, they are another lo-fi act flooding the indie music landscape, but Creepoid’s raw, gritty production perfectly compliments these four eerily engaging tracks. They open the album with “Rotten Tooth” which is filled with the spirit of Kurt Cobain and that 90’s Grunge angst all heroined out. In “Pink Tag Sale”, you’ll experience a dreamy Left Coast vibe that feels like it was written around a campfire in the lonely desert night. It’s in that Mazzy Star vein that haunts our subconscious. You’ll also find Creepoid putting on their dreary Brit-pop/post punk masks in “See-Through” before closing with their experiment in minimalism “Magic Drum”. The four-song EP is a tease. You can’t help but wonder what these guys and gal have in store for us next. - Q.D. Tran
 

 

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June 2010
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Creepoid is another one of those buzz-worthy local bands crawling out from basements of homes/makeshift practice spaces/recording studios lately in Philly. On their debut EP Yellow Life Giver, they use a reel-to-reel tape machine circa ’56 to help document their evolution. Yes, they are another lo-fi act flooding the indie music landscape, but Creepoid’s raw, gritty production perfectly compliments these four eerily engaging tracks. They open the album with “Rotten Tooth” which is filled with the spirit of Kurt Cobain and that 90’s Grunge angst all heroined out. In “Pink Tag Sale,” you’ll experience a dreamy Left Coast vibe that feels like it was written around a campfire in the lonely desert night. It’s in that Mazzy Star vein that haunts our subconscious. You’ll also find Creepoid putting on their dreary Brit-pop/post punk masks in “See-Through” before closing with their experiment in minimalism “Magic Drum.” The four-song EP is a tease. You can’t help but wonder what these guys and gal have in store for us next. - Q.D. Tran

 

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