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The Demographic -- Verse Chorus Curse

One big FU to the prevailing trend of gazey, synth covered, vocal-distorted indie music, the Verse Chorus Curse EP by The Demographic is rock served raw. In seven songs, most of which clock in under two minutes, the duo from Northampton MA callously gallop through early 80’s hardcore, Pixies-type angular guitar rock, and the kind of over-driven blues-attacks that White Stripes make at their edgiest. Heady band comparisons for sure, but the simplicity and directness of The Demographic really harkens back to landmarks in the post-punk milieu rather than posting incremental progress away from those purest forms. Every song is solid. Even if you don’t identify with punk rock per say, this is one of those local bands to be excited about just for their musical energy alone.

--Alexander Pinto

Kid Chocolate -- Gold Star Winner

Providence, RI's Kid Chocolate is one of the many current bands that cop a 1960’s surf-rock vibe. Like many of their peers in that genre, Kid Chocolate is pretty darn good. They have all the hallmarks down pat: surf guitar, obviously, but of a style that prefers sharp and jangly to soft and fuzzy. All-male vocals that are less surreal than Ariel Pink and less androgynous than Girls, but share that generalized sound, with lots of backing singers chiming in with those old-school melodies. They don’t hesitate to go into full-on “Ventures” mode once and awhile.

At the same time, they shouldn’t be pegged as a retro act. They do lash out of vintage tropes enough to be an unmistakably “now” band. Their song structures often stray from the simple verse-chorus-verse setup that drove the music that inspired them; and their sound itself has its deviant moments, as they occasionally rock out in a way only a post-punk (or even post-grunge) band could. And some songs are not surf-y at all: Better on the Coast is a straight rocker with enough of a catchiness-factor to have “Big Indie Hit” potential, and Silver Tongue sounds quite a bit like aughts-era British rock (remember The Coral?).

It would be difficult to fault Kid Chocolate for much musically. For a first LP from a young band it is fantastic: they are great musicians who have a lot of experience playing together, and they have started to form a sound to call their own, but the operative word there is “started”. On Gold Star Winner there are only glimmers of the kind of emotional foundation that is the key to turning well-crafted sounds into something that transcends—something that is immediately arresting and that stays with the listener for a long time. With the chops they’ve displayed on these songs, Kid Chocolate has the potential to take the stuff that glimmers from this album, and create material that shines from start to finish.

--Alexander Pinto

The Deli Launches Seattle Branch

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are proud to introduce you to our latest creature: The Deli Seattle! It was just about time!!!

The Deli's Staff

Brown Bird Announce New Album: Salt For Salt; Release the Single "Fingers to the Bone"

Salt for Salt the latest full-length from Providence, RI's Brown Bird is being released October 18th, 2011 on Supply & Demand Music (Dark Dark Dark, Vandaveer).

Recorded live to tape in Pawtucket, RI, Salt for Salt is the first album by Brown Bird to capture the intense energy of the duo's live show, surging in waves that often swell into high-spirited,
 foot-stomping madness.

Paring down from five musicians on their last album to the duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain on Salt For Salt resulted in some necessary instrument changes. Swain, a lifelong violinist, spends most of the album on cello and double bass, instruments she picked up in the past two years. Lamb has a kick drum and woodblock/tambourine rigged to a second pedal in front of him, using his whole body and voice to carry the rhythm and melody simultaneously.

Brown BIrd have released the first single from the album, Fingers to the Bone, which you can listen to below:

Brown Bird - Fingers to the Bone

Brown Bird is playing at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July, 31 at 11:30am on the Harbor Stage.

--Chrissy Prisco

Antiques -- JWNS

Antiques fourth release, JWNS is a garage-y, lo-fi affair in the best of ways. There’s brilliance beneath the smudge and that’s what makes this recording so rewarding. You have to pay attention. You have to be patient. You have to dust off the crusty veneer that cakes JWNS.

Though much of the record rocks out pretty well with wall of sound, squelching guitars relegating the vocals to the background, some of the best moments are the quieter tracks like Smile At Me and Making Friends which sound like some of Lou Barlow’s best home recordings and work with Folk Implosion.

At its core, Antiques’ JWNS is 11 tracks of fantastic indie-rock (with a bonus eleven-and-a-half minute keyboard drone tacked on at the end for good measure).

--George Dow

Q&A with the deli's Artist of the Month: Sore Eros

How did the band start?

We have always been recording things on 4-tracks or shitty computer programs. Eventually, these things all kind of came together through the cosmos and the internet.

Where did the band name, Sore Eros, come from?

Robert was laying on the floor in his friend Michael Centore's bedroom and the words sore and eros were written on a little notebook pad and it just kind of stuck...

Click here to read the rest of the interview with Sore Eros.

--Chrissy Prisco


Q&A with Sore Eros
- by Chrissy Prisco

How did the band start?

We have always been recording things on 4-tracks or shitty computer programs. Eventually, these things all kind of came together through the cosmos and the internet.

Where did the band name, Sore Eros, come from?

Robert was laying on the floor in his friend Michael Centore's bedroom and the words sore and eros were written on a little notebook pad and it just kind of stuck...

What are your biggest musical influences?

The Beatles, early Pink Floyd, sweet soul music--any music w/ soul...Stan Brakhage movies. Sergei Paradjanov's Shadows' for Forgotten Ancestors.

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

The War on Drugs, The Supreme Dicks, Bob Fay, Sonny Sharrock and we try to avoid anything that's on that pitchfork website.

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

Adam: The GD: Skeletons from the Closet.
Matt Brown: Snoop Dogg.
Robert: I saw Weezer play in New Haven, CT for the Pinkerton tour, I was only 15 and it was a school night, but my parents were kind enough to let me go and I met Rivers Cuomo. Great times.

What do you love about Boston's music scene?

We like Zuzu and anything the dudes from Doomstar! set us up with...and we like when Nick Brannigan and Kris Thompson come to our shows.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

Pay any out of town band enough $ to buy gas and Mass. Pike tolls to get home...

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

We just released an EP called Just Fuzz on Blackburn Recordings and we are currently working on a tape for Night-People, we may tour the US in the Fall with The Renderers.

What was your most memorable live show?

When we opened for Kurt Vile and Real Estate at Harpers Ferry, but I think that place is called something else now...House shows in the middle of no where are always great too.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Shdwply Records released our first record ever, we are currently not on good terms with one another, but we are forever grateful for that. Jonathan from Blackburn Recordings has been really sweet to us, and of course all our family and friends for being there for us..

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Adam: Rhodes piano
Robert: My acoustic guitar that I learned to play on 15 years ago and still use live and on recordings.

Why do you read The Deli?

They support and plug good bands! Thanks guys!



Sore Eros



Sore Eros
Just Fuzz

Just Fuzz




The Deli Magazine NE Presents: Summer Concert Series

We here at the The Deli are excited to announce a series of Deli Presents shows this summer at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville.

The first show in the series is happening this Thursday, July 14. The line-up includes Melt, Pack of Morley's, Tan Vampires and Il Abanico. This is going to be a fun, energetic, show. We hope all of you will come down to PA's and help kick-off the Deli's Summer Concert series in style!

The next Deli Presents shows are August 10 & 24, also at P.A.’s Lounge -- mark your calendars now, further details on these upcoming shows will be announced shortly.

11:30 -- Il Abanico (Boston)
10:30 -- Tan Vampires (NH)
9:30 -- Pack of Morleys (Boston)
8:30 -- Melt (Boston)

Thursday, July 14
Doors @ 8, 21+, $8

See you all there!

--Chrissy Prisco


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