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New Dream Pop Duo, We Saw Lions, Releases Debut Single "Skeletons"

Boston dream-pop duo We Saw Lions may be a new name to you, but singer/songwriter Hannah Lou Woods is no stranger to the New England scene. Winner of the Great American Song Contest, among other achievements, Woods has teamed up with producer Dave Chapman to create something different and meaningful. Of their debut single, "Skeletons", Woods says: "I wrote this song...about the challenges that one can face in relationships; when you really love someone, you start to let them see more and more of who you are. Sometimes that brings up fear, but if you can face that fear and allow it to transform you, you can 'bring it to light' and see it for what it is, another place within you that wants to be seen and loved."

The song is an impressive debut, both vulnerable and optimistic. Woods's vocal performance is pitch-perfect in tone and character, and Chapman's production is present and supportive, without ever being heavy-handed. Check out the DIY video for "Skeletons" below, featuring an original artwork from Woods herself. -Brian Varneke


#52 of The Deli NYC is online: Guerilla Toss + BK Synth Expo! + Electronic Music Issue

New music seekers,

We have a brand new issue of The Deli NYC available online for you - and it's a gooooood one, can read it here

We are super thrilled to have new DFA Records signee Guerilla Toss on the cover (check out their wonderful single "Skull Pop") streaming below.

This is also our yearly electronic issue, linked to the upcoming Brooklyn Synth Expo, and therefore features:

- An article about the state of the electronic scene in NYC,
- Several Q&As with other electronic NYC artists,
- An ample section dedicated to the gear participating in the Synth Expo.

The paper version will be distributed in NYC around October 20th. 


The Folks at The Deli

Morningbird Plays Hard Rock Cafe Boston 10.06

 Boston quintet Morningbird is a difficult band to pin down with genre descriptions and buzzwords. Their new album, Only Believe in Love, invokes classic influences and hearkens back to the "golden age" of rock, while keeping a modern flair. The record is driven, largely, by impressive vocal performances, beginning with a soulful, Queen-esque chorale in the standout debut track, "It Takes a Woman". Eclectic and dynamic, the album showcases the band's considerable range, while maintaining a steady flow from start to finish. Check them out at Hard Rock Boston on 10/6 with The Poor Sports, Charles Delta, Violet Intent, and Helen. -Brian Varneke  

Singer/Songwriter Erica Leigh Shares Her Story of Survival, New Single "Calling All Survivors"

 Boston-based artist Erica Leigh, is not only a singer/songwriter with an exceptional talent. She is also an uplifting figure in the community, a source of hope for those who share in her struggle. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer on the day of her debut CD release, Erica was told she may never sing again. Now she is back in the fold with a message of perseverance and courage, hoping to spread awareness and get her story out to the people that need to hear it. Erica reached out to us to help pass that message along and to premiere her new video, "Calling All Survivors":

The new song is called "Calling All Survivors". What do you hope to achieve with this single/video?

When I wrote this song, I was writing the song that I needed to hear - a song of defiance, resilience, and hope. After it was complete, I knew I had to turn this experience into something positive by bringing awareness to this disease, and bringing people together so that no one has to feel alone with what they are surviving through.

The video features a number of talented local musicians. How did you pull the group together?

I feel extremely grateful that my friends also happen to be talented local musicians and a brilliant local videographer! All I had to do was ask: they made it too easy on me! Hearing their voices in surround sound as I played the song was a magical experience that I'll never forget!

You received some devastating news on the day of a milestone in your career. How did that phone call affect how you approached your performance that night? Has your creative process changed since you have overcome this obstacle?

I still remember being startled awake by that call. I was in shock, of course, but I didn't want to walk off the stage to a bunch of apologies and worried faces. I wanted the evening to be solely about the music. And as a result, there was a tangible emotion behind every lyric. It was certainly traumatic, but also a bit serendipitous to receive this news on a day when I was scheduled to be around all my family and friends. Looking back on the difficult years that followed, I am not the same songwriter or singer (or person) I was before. My lyrics are no longer limited to love songs. They're about overcoming loss, letting go, and strength in vulnerability.

In your documentary (link listed below) you mention that you began singing again mere weeks after your recovery process started. What was this like for you? What role did music play in your recovery?

I remember singing through the pain at an open mic, with surgical tape still on my neck. I was devastated to release a CD one day, and then have to completely abandon it the next. I was afraid that if I stopped too long to recover, my album would become irrelevent, so I pushed myself too hard and burned out completely as a result. I was losing a loved one to cancer at the same time. Times were dark. Suffice it to say, no release tour happened. I tried to keep up appearances but I lost all desire to make music in the process. Long story short, the identity crisis that followed led me to finally take a long break. And several false-starts later, I am finally loving music again!

What would you say to someone going through a similar struggle?

I would say let others help you. Don't feel guilty and be compassionate toward yourself, too. Allow yourself a break without any deadlines. Also prepare for late-onset emotional trauma when you think you're finally out of the woods. Advocate for yourself. Consider therapy. Hang in there - you are not alone!

It seems that, understandably, this has become a motivating force for you. What can we expect from Erica Leigh in the future?

I've got new songs to share that I'm going to release in multiple waves of 2-3 tracks, beginning sometime in 2018. I just finished building a state-of-the-art vocal isolation booth with my boyfriend Sean, and I'm currently setting up shop in a new multimedia music & art studio where my songwriting and painting can influence each other! I'm playing a bunch of shows, headlining at The Burren Pub 1/27 and Amazing Things Art Center 3/31!

Erica's debut album, Puzzle Heart, is available now on iTunes and you can see more of her story in a short documentary featured here.

Catch Erica Leigh live at The Burren Pub backroom in Somerville, MA on 9/30.  Discount tickets available here. -Brian Varneke


Tory Silver Brings Blues Rock to Allston 09.19

Observere, the debut album from Boston's Tory Silver, is one of those records that hits you right on the first downbeat and never lets you go. It's dirty and dance-able with a genuine vibe of self-expression. This is a record that needs to be listened to in its entirety, from the tasty licks of "There's No Need", to the smooth Latin grooves of "I've Been Stressing", to the stripped down folk of "I Feel Like". You can catch Tory at Christian A Herter Park in Allston on 9/19. -Brian Varneke


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