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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Thee, Idea Men

- by Alexis V.

Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. With all the computer-generated sounds and synth-driven beats flooding the internet, you might think that the opening statement is false these days, but it’s certainly alive and well in The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, Thee, Idea Men. Check out our get-to-know-ya interview with them below, and catch the trio live on Monday, November 19 at Kung Fu Necktie. (Photo by Matthew Raspanti)
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Thee, Idea Men: Thee, Idea Men was a senior project that felt too good to stop.
TD: Where did the name Thee, Idea Men come from?
TIM: We were like, what are we about? Idk dude, ideas! Okay cool! The Idea Men. No wait a band in Chicago has that name. Okay. Add an "e" and then a comma. BINGO!
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
TIM: We're all influenced from ridiculous amounts of music that we've listened/been exposed to: from Streetlight Manifesto to The Chariot, and Billy Joel to The Raconteurs, we're all over the place. Learning as we go along.
We were all in some sort of punk/metal band back in our teens so that influenced us greatly as well. But I think somewhere in the mix, we were all drawn to the blues, in different ways.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
TIM: Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man, Lucy Stone, OhBree!, Snarky Puppy, and J Roddy Walston & The Business.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Matt Jurasek: My parents brought me to a Doobie Brothers and Chicago concert when I was 5. Greatest thing they could have ever done and the first album I got was an AC/DC live CD from my dad I think. Probably a jock jams album in there too.
Tyler March: My first concert was one of the Z100 Jingleballs. I saw O-Town. Oh yeah.  The first album I ever purchased on my own was Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire. I'd say it was a serious step up from O-Town.
Kris Pirnat: My first concert was Aerosmith and Run DMC. The first album I ever purchased was AC/DC's Back in Black. “Have a Drink on Me” is still one of my all time favorite songs.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
TIM: The community is really supportive of music here. We all grew up in New Jersey suburbs where church and VFW shows were extremely popular throughout our high school career. It's good to see that Philly has the same sort of support. 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
TIM: It sucks in the winter. It’s cold and rainy. It’s just miserable, but hey that’s why we play music!
TD: What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
TIM: We're trying to play as much as possible. We just did a CMJ date at Ella Lounge. November 19th - we're at Silk City with Katie Frank and Heyward Howkins, and everyone can look forward to a lot more show announcements as well as new material being played at all of these shows. We're also gearing up to get back into the studio within the next couple of months. 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
TIM: We played at Milkboy in the end of September with The Grand Nationals and The Silent Comedy. The vibe of the show was really amazing, and we all felt like the whole night of music was really top notch.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
MJ: Roast beef sandwiches.
TM: Chicken salad sandwiches.
KP: Italian sub.







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