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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: W.C. Lindsay

- by The Deli Staff

Sometimes technology fails us. That was the case when we didn’t receive W.C. Lindsay’s email with interview answers for when they won our Featured Artist(s) Poll a while back. Well, since they’ll be celebrating the release of their new EP Hard Youth, Hardly You tomorrow night at The Treehouse with Cold Fronts, Lucy Stone, and Tongue Sculptors, we thought that it would be a good time as any to post it. Check out our interview with William Charles Lindsay about his band W.C. Lindsay below.
 
The Deli: How did you start making music? 
 
W.C. Lindsay: I was all about the blues when I was a kid, and knew I had to get my hands on a guitar. My dad hooked me up with this fresh little beater of a guitar and taught me some bar chords. I haven’t put it down since. I’ve played in a million bands since, but I love the independence of electronic music.
 
TD: Is W.C. Lindsay your real name or a stage name that you go by? What does the "W.C." stand for?
 
WCL: William Charles Lindsay is my name, but W. C. Lindsay is a band. I write and produce, but W. C. Lindsay is just as much John Sepa on drums and George Legatos on bass as it is me. I used to do it all solo - even live. I just finally realized I have no interest in playing without the group dynamic. They add so much to the music, and I feed off their energy. Much more than it is my name, W. C. Lindsay is a band.
 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
 
WCL: My biggest influence is definitely The Streets. I picked up his first record in 6th grade, and it’s one of my favorites still. Our sound is the culmination of his influence, LCD Soundsystem, Miike Snow, as well as all these different rock, punk and hip hop influences that the other guys and myself bring. Not everyone directly affects our sound, but The Rolling Stones, Gorilla Biscuits, Taking Back Sunday, Kid Cudi, and Smashing Pumpkins amongst others, have made huge impressions on us as musicians. 
 
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
 
WCL: Right now I can’t stop listening to Phantogram’s new EP, Nightlife. I also really like Tigers Jaw’s self-titled record. There’s some great stuff coming out of west Philly too that we’re really into - Wild Rompit, Lucy Stone, J PreHowling Hour just to name a few.
 
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
 
WCL: First concert ever would’ve been Richard Thompson. He’s been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember, and I’ve seen him a bunch of times over the years. I think the first record I ever bought was Lie to Me - Johnny Lang. I like to think so at least. I’m afraid it may’ve been Backstreet Boys Millenium.
           
TD: What do you love about Philly?
 
WCL: It’s such a big little city. The scene is huge, but not over saturated. There’s a million places to go, but nowhere’s to far.
 
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
 
WCL: The PPA. I realize everyone’s gotta work somewhere, but these guys are vicious. It’s really unfortunate that they’re aggressive enough to turn such a mundane profession into a focal point of reality television.
 
TD: What are your plans for 2012?
 
WCL: Our new EP Hard Youth, Hardly You will be out fairly soon after the new year, and we’re super stoked about that. We’ll be playing all over in support of it, and we’re looking forward to the new doors it might open.
 
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
 
WCL: We recently had a fundraiser show in our living room. Word spread a little further than we meant it to, and we had 130+ in the house. We felt great about how we played, and people went nuts. Kids were stage diving off our mantle, sweat condensation all over the walls, nowhere to go anywhere. For the last chorus of our last song, I put down the mic, and we had this incredible sing-along with everyone. Everyone was in on it. People who didn’t know us were screaming anyways. We try hard to bring a rougher more organic feel to electro-pop, and that isn’t always easy, but moments like that keep us trying.
 
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
WCL: Turkey, bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant with salt, pepper, and ketchup from Kimey’s Deli on 34th and Spring Garden - couldn’t live without it.

 

 

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W.C. Lindsay
Hard Youth, Hardly You