The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Placeholder
- by Alexis V.
Emo outfit Placeholder
are making people take notice with their most recent release Thought I Would Have Been Somebody By Now
, which is heavily influenced by 90’s guitar alt-rock vets Dinosaur Jr. The band just emerged victorious in our Featured Artist(s) Poll, and we caught up with the group’s guitarist Brandon Gepfer before they hit the stage this evening at Kung Fu Necktie opening for Philly pop-punk four-piece Albondigas
and Brooklyn garage-noise outfit Hunters. You can check out our interview with him below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Brandon Gepfer: We’re all friends from Central PA area, and have been in other bands together. We started this one about 2 years ago.
TD: Why did you choose the name Placeholder?
BG: We chose Placeholder because our first name was taken when we were threatened with a lawsuit. Placeholder was kind of a...placeholder. Then it just stuck.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
BG: Currently, on our new record, the biggest influence is Dinosaur Jr. But some of our favorites are Pavement, Nirvana, Jesus and Mary Chain, R. Kelly, Nirvana, Heatmiser and Warren G.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
BG: Honestly, I’ve been listening to more Tupac than anything else.
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
BG: First concert was LIVE in Lancaster, PA. First record I bought was 2001 by Dr. Dre.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
BG: I really like this one chinese food takeout place. I was there a few times when I was drunk. Can’t really tell you what street it’s on, though.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
BG: Traffic when entering and leaving. There’s probably more to hate, but I don’t want to be a bore.
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
BG: Playing a lot of shows, going to Russia, and a couple of Canada dates. Releasing a split. Doing some other stuff, too.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
BG: December 31, 2012 in Kalamazoo, MI. There was a lot of beer and balloons. We played in a basement.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
BG: A nice hoagie, I guess.