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Darling's Broken Wing

Darling recently released a new video for their track "Broken Wing" which appeared on their latest album Lights That Last Forever.


Review of We Were the States,' "Rasa"

Photo by JT Sumner

The flood was a death sentence for many Nashville bands in the process of recording, and was almost the case for We Were the States. Two feet of water in Coat of Arms studio wrecked the progress of an album that was two years in the making, but after some quick recording sessions at Club Roar, the band finally released Rasa last month. The 12-track LP is a blatant step up from their first album with more complex arrangements and instrumentation and a sound that has generally matured. In their sophomore album, We Were the States prove themselves as riff enthusiasts and percussion connoisseurs as guitarists Benjamin Moore and J Stoyanov and drummer Tyler Coppage experiment with their instruments.

Intense, percussive pounding counters grandiose melodies driven by riffs that range from gritty and fast to spacey and meandering. The scratchy, persistent melodia of the first single “Gold” is cut with the harsh, acidic vocals of Justin Webb, and the album grows more ambitious as it progresses. Amidst the drill of crunchy guitars, a tambourine timidly jingles over a hollow drum beat in “Daft Since 77.” “I’m Not My 808” is a revving, minute-long blurb followed by angry, abrupt riffs in “Don’t Ask Why.” Things slow down in songs like “Paris Green” and “Hot Waves,” whose full, lulling chords are almost reminiscent of Pinback and Radiohead (Kid A).

It’s fortunate that We Were the States persevered with Rasa as it simultaneously displays the finesse of a maturing band and runs the gamut of influences including traces of punk, ’70s and ’80s rock and ’90s garage while still remaining cohesive. – Jessica Pace


Shaking Through Pledge Drive - 2011

Brian McTear’s Weathervane Music Organization has had a wonderful year with the evolution of Shaking Through. (You can check out an interesting interview that we had with McTear earlier this year for Where Is My Mind? here.) All the folks at Weathervane work on a tight budget and the kindness of their hearts so if you have a lot to be thankful for, pay it forward (cough, cough WXPN) and donate some cash here to help them help expose more indie music in 2011. - The Deli Staff


From The Deli’s Open Blog: Lillie Ruth Bussey Introduces Mattie Bell Screen

“Hello Philadelphia, I'm back! Lillie Ruth Bussey here with new sounds and a new entity I would like to introduce you to. I call them Mattie Bell Screen. Mattie Bell Screen is the electronic side of Lillie Ruth Bussey. I tried for sometime to contain the acoustic and electric world of mine into Lillie Ruth Bussey, but it did not fit. So, I separated the two and now here you have it. Enjoy! Mattie Bell Screen...” (Photo by Bill Kelly) (posted to The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and MP3s here)


Francisco The Man releases With Friends Like You EP

This album was a pretty pleasant surprise. They’re called Francisco the Man, aptly taken from the book, "One Hundred Years of Solitude", and they made mention of being friends with The Fling, and they aren't shy about being influenced by their sound. The album was mixed and mastered by TW Walsh (ex Pedro the Lion) and is available on vinyl and as a free BandCamp download. The band play that feel-good kind of rock & roll -- the surfer aesthetic paired with sixties AM makes it something of a perfect jam for back porch bbqs with the hint of Tom Petty and Neil Young. The track ‘Television Father’ is a standout, full of swaying rhythm and lo fi vocals.

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