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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Breaklite

Breaklite have branded themselves “the stoner punks (from hell) we all know and love,” and that just might be the case after you take their debut EP Bloodshot for a spin. It gave us the feels, and we’re down to see/hear where this party bus is going. We recently caught up with frontman Johnny Germ for our Featured Artist(s) Q&A. Check it out below, and join the cult!

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Johnny Germ: Well, I have been playing in bands since I was in high school in 2005, and my brother Casey Germ and Steve Hagan have been in and out of bands with each other since about 2007/2008. After those bands dissolved, I played acoustic for a while, and was longing to get back into the whole band thing so in 2014/2015 we decided to get together and write some songs.

TD: Where did the name Breaklite come from?

JG: Well, my brother was driving down the highways thinking of band names, and he saw a sea of brake lights a head of him and thought “what a sick name” so we decided to mess with the spelling and viola! We are now the stoner punks we all know and love, Breaklite.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

JG: Our influences range so much from bands like Iggy and the Stooges, Johnny Cash, T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Jay Reatard, Nirvana, The Replacements, Fidlar, Black Flag, Oasis…. The list goes on, but if you listen closely, you can hear a little bit of everything.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

JG: Currently, we are all huge fans of the UK band Shame. We’re also really into Full Bush, Grace Vonderkuhn, The Valets, Thin Lips, and (our homies) The Warhawks.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

JG: I can’t speak for the rest of the band but my first concert was Warped Tour 2005, and the first album I ever bought was Blink 182’s Dude Ranch in 6th grade. Still one of my favorites to this day.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

JG: Well, there’s the kick-ass music scene and venues like Kung Fu Necktie, Boot & Saddle, Johnny Brenda’s, Connie’s Ric Rac, and The Barbary. Also, cheesesteaks though… we all love cheesesteaks... and the Eagles. GO BIRDS!

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

JG: I don’t wanna sound corny, but there isn’t much to hate…

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

JG: 2019 brings a lot our way. Whether it’s the launch of our “indie label” Club Germ Records, working on our follow-up full-length to the Bloodshot EP, or my personal favorite - our upcoming tour to SXSW.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

JG: Probably the last one we played at the Barbary. The crowd was great, and we played our hearts out with two bands we have so much love for being Full Bush and Grace Vonderkuhn.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

JG: Is this a food question? If so, I’m saying an Italian hoagie with hot peppers…hahaha.

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New Music Video: "Something On Your Mind" - Secret Nudist Friends

So we've diggin' on Philly's own Secret Nudist Friends for quite a while now. Their split EP with pals and fellow bandmates Blushed was our July Record of the Month 2018, and we are definitely interested in hearing a new album from the local garage-psych quartet sooner than later. Well, until that comes about, we have for you a new video for their single, "Something On Your Mind," which was directed by Deb Gilmore. Enjoy the groovetastic little jaunt with the gang through Point Breeze, and you can catch their next performance in Philly on Friday, January 25 at Everybody Hits! (Photo by Mike Arrison)





Bryan Coffey & the Feel Good Band - Elvis Costello Cover Tune, Plays Bovine 01.10

Bryan Coffey has been workin’ the scene for a while now playing with bands Wine Lips and Jean Daddy among others. Lately he has been working on his own projects with his band “The Feel Good Band”. His most recent release is a cover of Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up. Coffey and his band simplify the track and slow it down just enough for the lyrics to be much clearer than the original. I prefer this pace and the chorus has a Green Jelly-like intensity to it. Very cool. Bryan Coffey & The Feel Good Band play Bovine Sex Club on January 10th along with Serb Superb and Dark Trip. – Kris Gies





Weekend Warrior, January 4 - 6

Cool, composed, cultural commentary, approached at an energetic yet cruising speed, The Guests create music that balances a dynamic of deep thought, whilst in a casual, intimate mobility. Mysterious, mercurial synthpop engages describing the bleakness of the world in which we currently live, with a compact bright open air instrumentation. Acknowledging the disturbing dreariness, it's as though a grey cloud perpetually hangs over our heads and the compact precision of the music gracefully attempts to out race it in search of hope. This Saturday evening at Boot & Saddle, The Guests will be headlining a benefit for the Philadelphia Tenants Union, supported by art-punk quartet JUICE, whose enchanting, chaotic, contagiously kinetic EP 100% was our December Record of the Month, as well as the beguiling psych-punk of Madalean Gauze. (Photo by Sam Pellegringo) - Michael Colavita

Other places that you can hang at for the first weekend of 2019…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mothers, Empath, Corey Flood, SAT Philly Loves Philly: DJ Mike Nyce, Rich Medina, SUN Eric Slick

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Guests, Madalean Gauze, Juice

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Queen Jesus, Sandcastle, Weekend Athlete/DJ Deejay, SAT DJ Lean Wit It, SUN BLK MGC

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Candy Volcano presents: Bowie Birthday Bash! Ziggy vs. The Thin White Duke

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI A Night of Stardust - Celebrating Bowie

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs)  Conjunto Philadelphia/(Downstairs) Kuf Knotz, SAT (Upstairs) School Of Rock/(Downstairs) Breakwater

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Haxon, Earth 7, SAT Allarms, SUN SEB, Ascension Drive, Enigmyst, Cardinal Sin, Infinity

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Mixed People, My Funky Brethren, SAT Baby Berlin, Elijvh Vrms

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Elison Jackson, Pouring Silver, Shadow Band (Solo), SAT VoirVoir, Morgan Pinkstone

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT A Scent Like Wolves, Last Minute Hero, Zombie Shark, SUN Mage Hand, Dean

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN The Jawn, Mercury Retrograde

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Rock Academy Punk Rock Brunch, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Adventure Lost, Jesse Gimbel, SAT Melt With You, 7@7

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Limm, ShawnWeTrust, Ignant Yuth

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Samantha Rise, Brother Martin, The People, SAT Cubbage, Emily Drinker

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Fairfield Project, New Alone

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Cabaret Sauvignon/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI All-star Graceland Tribute Band: Ryan Tennis, Stella Ruze, Looseleaf, Emily Drinker, SAT Steal Your Peach, The Newspaper Taxis

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Floor Space, Socko, Andross, Menace of the Canvas

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SUN So Totally, Knifeplay, Yung Sham

Hubris House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Puppy Angst, Feel Something

Lizard Lounge 215 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Blubird, Americanadian, Swim Camp

The Glass Onion (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Lazy Eye (Album Release), Gorpho, Bona To Vada

The Sankofa House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Masie Blu, Interminable





The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Kelsey Cork & the Swigs

We love band geeks! Kelsey Corcoran, a.k.a. Kelsey Cork, is a self-proclaimed one, and her passion for music is self-evident, going as far as getting her bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University. And though she has the technical know-how, Cork prefers the “raw, real, free of pretense” feel of rock and roll, and it shows in the debut single, “Center City Blues,” with her backing band The Swigs. We had a chance to catch up with our most recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner, and you can check out the interview HERE. Also, keep a look out for “a surprise” from Kelsey Cork & the Swigs in the New Year – cheers! (Photo by Alyssa Resh)

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