The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Psychic Babble
- by The Deli Staff
You might know Colin Frangicetto as the guitarist for local area rockers Circa Survive
. Well, he recently released his latest solo effort My Brother’s Ears/My Sister’s Eyes
EP (which we’ve been digging, and you can download the album for free HERE
) under his moniker Psychic Babble
(cool band name). Frangicetto also just won our Featured Artist(s) Poll so we had a chance to find out more about the nice dude/PETA-friendly musician from Doylestown below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Colin Frangicetto: In seventh grade, I started playing my dad’s electric guitar and soon after met some friends who wanted to start a band. 17 years later I don’t think I’ve gone through a year without being in a band since.
TD: Where did the name Psychic Babble come from?
CF: I knew that even though I was starting a solo project, I didn’t want it to be under my name. I felt like the sound was more like a band and less singer-songwriter so I was on a mission to name it something else… But hahaha, there is really no interesting story there. It came to me randomly. I wrote it down, and it stuck.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
CF: These days there is so much inspiring music coming out at the same time that I’m constantly finding new influences, but the main stays are…The Beach Boys, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, Slowdive, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Bjork, Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Beatles, Radiohead, Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, it goes on and on. My trajectory of listening has been classic rock to alternative to punk rock/hardcore to electro to jazz to experimental…these are all just labels though, and I find that anything that moves me tends to influence how I write.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
: Most recently, the new Anthony Green
record is so good :), St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Tame Impala, M83, a local band called Carousel
, Good Old War
, Kurt Vile
, Zola Jesus, again I could go on forever - such a wonderful time for music.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
CF: First real concert was U2 when I was in 6th grade. Primus opened haha - life changing experience. First album I bought I think was a Weird Al cassette. First CD was actually the Led Zeppelin box set.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
CF: Well, I’m from the burbs - Doylestown specifically, but ‘ been going to shows in Philly since I was 14. I spent nearly every night at the Trocadero or the TLA in high school. Philly has a ridiculously huge music scene and so an incredible amount of music lovers - tons of venues and cool bars, tons of art galleries and museums. It’s an amazing place. Location-wise - I love being in 2 hours from Baltimore/DC as well as 2 hours from NYC.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
CF: Back when I was a part of the Philly Hardcore/Punk scene it was extremely violent. The national scene in general was violent, but I never saw anything like I saw in Philly. Now that I really have nothing to do with any scene whatsoever, I think Philly has a lot of problems with crime and poverty. It can be a real shock for some I think. It can change abruptly street by street. On a less serious note, I dislike the Philadelphia accent quite intensely haha.
TD: What are your plans for 2012?
CF: I'll be spending most of the year focusing on the new Circa Survive record and then touring behind that, but I also hope to release another Psychic Babble album, and hopefully play some shows finally as PB has never been realized in a live setting.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
CF: Well, like I said, PB has never played live so this would be a Circa memory, and there are quite a lot of em, but I think playing at sunset last Bamboozle to about 20 thousand people singing every word was one of those "pinch me" moments.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
CF: I used to be a cheese hoagie guy but Im changing to no dairy in 2012, so veggie sandwich. :)