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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Narcos Family Band

Born from a fledgling hardcore-punk act, made up of former Window Liquor, Rodent Lord, and Occult 45 members, “Narcos Family Band is the Philly Rock n Roll cult you’re already a part of.” The band dropped their latest release Pink Blues (King Pizza Records) just as we ventured into 2018, so if you were a bit preoccupied and haven’t had a chance to take a listen to it yet, you can stream the four-song collection below. We also caught up with NFB drummer Old Rick to get the 411 about the family of rockers coming up from the underbelly of Philly’s DIY community. You can check out the interview below!

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Old Rick: Members from former Philadelphia bands (Window Liquor, Rodent Lord and Occult45) merged, and started writing what became our demo “Dog Funeral".

TD: Where did the name Narcos Family Band come from? 

OR: When we began as a hardcore-punk band, we were known as "Narcos". We then began to evolve our sound into a more unique rock ‘n’ roll style. While doing so, we added keys and saxophone, and decided to change our name to the Narcos Family Band to better suit the change in sound. 

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

OR: Rolling Stones, Stooges, MC5.

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

OR: Currently listening to a lot of local-ish artists: Heavy Temple, Memory Loss, Ellen and the Degenerates, Mala Vista, The Mad Doctors. 

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

OR: First concert ever attended was the first or second Stillborn Fest featuring: Hatebreed/Sick of it All/Biohazard/Throwdown/Full Blown Chaos. First album ever purchased with my own money was Black Sabbath - Paranoid.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

OR: The overall vibe - it just feels real here... Also, the music scene in Philly has always been amazing, and it still is to this day. 

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

OR: Honestly, the lack of trash cans.

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

OR: Our plan for 2018 is to continue writing for our full length, play more shows and go on tour to support our latest EP. 

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

OR: Honestly, I believe our most memorable live show just happened on New Year’s Eve. It was our record release show for Pink Blues. You can see the live set footage HERE

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

OR: A classic turkey and cheese hoagie. 

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New Dreamswell EP Available for Streaming & Download

Yesterday, the quartet of Dreamswell delivered its new EP Act 2. Blistering backend propels the doomgaze sound, aided by scorching guitar and the calming frost of ethereal vocals. Caught up in the hazy turbulence, one can find catharsis. You can catch the band’s EP release show this Sunday, January 28 at Boot & Saddle, where they'll be joined by Aster More, Katie Jo Knaub, and Haunted Homes, as part of Black Dog Gallery: Music & Art Collaboration (A Benefit Show for Planned Parenthood).


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The Complex Dialect make their very prog debut

 *photo by Hanna Stevens

With sounds and lyrical content as indicative as their moniker implies, The Complex Dialect blend jazz, blues, hip-hop and rock in the makings of their progressive tunes. Their atmospheres are indeed complex, yet, incredibly easy to get lost in. For a band comprised of eight members that makes total sense, as each contributing element help make The Complex Dialect one of the more dynamic newer acts to hit the scene. Their debut album Change shows that.

With Change, the band has tried to symbolize the problems and solutions in our current state of the world. Each song hones in on subjects fraught but true with society (like police brutality and capitalistic slavery), meant to spark internal and external debate and reflection through music. The Complex Dialect contend their intention is to hearten the dispirited, stating that "We look for non-conventional solutions to conventional problems. We strive to be the change we want to see in the world."

Feel the change and listen to one of the album's tracks "Look For A Friend For The End Of The World" below.


Don’t miss the new gnarly space rock EP from The Rupert Selection

Boston’s post-rock trio The Rupert Selection are one of the few bands in New England that can mash hard, progressive rock and ambient space noodles into a signature sound. Their newest EP Modern Playground Medicine, plays out like a soundtrack to a space-age action movie; it’s one part blistering, jagged rock and roll, one part ambient weirdness. The trio somehow manage to channel hard/space rock bands like Quicksand and Failure while simultaneously displaying their influence in the landscapes of Stanley Kubrick, ultimately showcasing an effortless comfortability within their own unique vision. Get sucked into the vacuum of Modern Playground Medicine below. -Charley Ruddell


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