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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Gene Wildest

After learning the abbreviated origin of space-rock outfit Gene Wildest, you can’t help but take notice of the group’s storied past, and root for its continued success. The four-piece, which now consists of Brian Corbett (guitar/vocals), Rob Ealer (guitar), Sean Corbett (bass), and Dave Ashcraft (drums), recently won a heated race to be our Featured Artist(s), and we are happy to learn that the band has also been landing on the radar of nationally touring acts. But we DO NOT condone Corbett’s pickle habit (haha)! You can check out our latest interview with the Gene Wildest frontman HERE.

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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Gene Wildest

After learning the abbreviated origin of space-rock outfit Gene Wildest, you can’t help but take notice of the group’s storied past, and root for its continued success. The four-piece, which now consists of Brian Corbett (guitar/vocals), Rob Ealer (guitar), Sean Corbett (bass), and Dave Ashcraft (drums), recently won a heated race to be our Featured Artist(s), and we are happy to learn that the band has also been landing on the radar of nationally touring acts. But we DO NOT condone Corbett’s pickle habit! (haha) You can check out our latest interview with the Gene Wildest frontman below.

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Brian Corbett: So Rob and I were introduced back around 2005 by our friend John. We ended up starting a band called Human Sounds, with John and our other friends George and Pat. Physical distance kind of got in the way of Human Sounds, but Rob and I lived close and continued to make music and jam every now and then. I was making some home recordings that Rob liked around the same time I met our first drummer Ben Zemel in grad school around 2011. 

We all decided to jam, things clicked, and that was our set up for about two years. In 2013, our friend Eric Richmann expressed interest in playing in a band. He was a great songwriter and guitarist, and had a killer voice (you can hear it on “Deadleaves,” off our first album Everything). We got really excited, and just as a shot in the dark, told him we would love for him to play bass and share vocals. Luckily, he said, “yes,” and was in the band until November 2016. He tragically and suddenly passed away from a heart condition he had since he was a kid. It was just devastating for us, his family, and everyone in his life. But we decided, with his wife Corey, that if there was one thing that Eric would come back and haunt us for it would be letting the band fall apart. 

We begged my brother Sean, who never played bass but was always a great musician, to fill in for Eric. He learned all of our songs, which have some pretty complicated basslines, remarkably quickly, and he’s been our bassist ever since. In June 2017, Ben went to Portland for work after grad school. Despite being a barefoot drummer, he had some big shoes left unfilled. 

A friend of mine introduced us to our current drummer, Dave, who learned like twenty songs by the fall and saved us from the murky depths of a drummerless hell. And that’s been our lineup ever since – Sean, Rob, Dave, and Brian. 

TD: Where did the name Gene Wildest come from? 

BC: It's really just a pun on Gene Wilder. We kind of regret not doing Phillip Shredmore Hoffman, though.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

BC: I guess the bands we all really like are the Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. Those represent the most common ground. In general, Rob likes hard rock bands like The Sword and Torche, Sean's a big Phish/Grateful Dead fan, Dave's always deep diving into 90's alt rock/grunge bands other than The Big 4, and I’ve been listening to a lot of TTNG and Chon. Spectral Terrestrial was pretty heavily influenced by Sleep and Pink Floyd.

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

BC: Locally, we've been enjoying Nothing and Hop Along. We've also been loving Khruangbin, King Gizzard, and Bask lately.

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

BC: I think it was one of those Q102 concerts with Ja Rule or something. I left after five minutes, and just screwed around in the parking lot with my friends. The first album I remember buying with my own money was Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt. I still throw it on from time to time. 

TD: What do you love about Philly?

BC: I always took it for granted until I started paying attention to music scenes in other cities, but the music scene here is really special. Also, the neighborhoods are so diverse, which makes it a lot of fun to explore. I've lived in my apartment for three years, and just discovered a bunch of wacky buildings and sculptures I had never seen before just five blocks away – a lot of potential for adventures here.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

BC: Really not much that I couldn't say about any other major city. Parking I suppose. Even that doesn't annoy me now that I'm not in South Philly anymore. While this isn't exactly hatred about Philly, I wish there was a venue like The Grape Room closer to Center City. That venue rules because strangers just grabbing a beer are forced to listen to you. It's a great way to get exposure. There should be more venues like that.

TD: What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

BC: We should have a math rock album out by the end of the year. We're pretty excited about that. We've also been getting a good amount of offers to open for nationally touring bands all of a sudden, probably because we've been getting some nice press from blogs like The Deli. We're pretty jazzed about all of those upcoming shows. 

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

BC: Probably opening for Electric Six at Milkboy. They're one of our favorite bands, so to share the stage with them was a special moment. Plus, we got to play to a whole new audience. It's always exciting when strangers seem to genuinely like your tunes.

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

BC: Pickles – I get a thrill out of not using the tongs to pick them up. When the clerk isn't looking, I like sticking my whole hand right in there, and pulling out the biggest one. Then, I put it back – not much of a pickle guy myself. It's one of those "it's not the destination, it's the journey" kind of things.

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New Jo Kusy LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Vast Glissade, the latest album from Jo Kusy, slides into a hypnotic haze of psych-pop. Gliding in a daydream state, the songs musically achieve a relaxed joy. However, whilst hovering in the ether, hard-hitting, lyrical messages are dispensed. Balancing buoyant instrumentation with a gritty, riff-fueled core and pertinent universal themes, the album is a soothing sanctuary that veers from reality but still addresses it.





Weekend Warrior, September 14 - 16

The freak-folk collective of On the Water whimsically taps into one’s imagination. Ornate, tightly-bound instrumentation and refined harmonies create a nuanced sonic fabric – one that flourishes in its intricate attention to detail and simultaneously remains attached to its guttural, ground-swelling reality. The band accesses personal circumstances, while hedging toward an alternative fantasy. Tonight, On the Water will celebrate the arrival of their latest EP Failing Upwards, with a release show at West Philly’s The Mothership. They’ll also be supported by the tumultuously eerie punk of Northern Liberties, the glam-psych, space invasion of STARWOOD, and the funky dance-punk of Van Goose. – Michael Colavita

Other places where Hurricane Florence won’t hit this weekend…

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI On the Water (7-inch Record Release), Northern Liberties, STARWOOD

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Jay Laughlin, Roger Harvey, Lowercase Roses, SUN Rylan Brooks

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Deadfellow (Record Release), Sean Danger Smith

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Only On Weekends, Nobody Yet, Danger Club/Night Drive, SAT Trash Beach/DJ Cousin Mike, SUN The Helicopter Scuba Divers, Tinmouth, Los Ricos

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Americanadian

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Dean and Company Presents The Philly Spectrum Series, SAT Shannen Moser

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Mt. Joy, Petal, SAT Pinkwash

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN Big Handsome, The Fainz, John Brown and the Hatchets, The 1940’s, Steel Crowes, Nipper the Band, Shock Value

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Year of the Knife

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI  So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Lör

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Greg Sover Band

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Year Of The Knife, SAT Snow Villain, Cowbell Superstar, The Mojo Machine, Gibbous Moon, SUN Jackson Howard

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Behind Deadlines, SAT Sonni Shine (Album Release), Vessna Scheff, Fawz

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Laura Lizcano, Sophie Coran, SAT Tiny Vices, SUN Desperate Living, Josh Agran

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Andorra, Palatine, Teeth, SAT Camera Thief, Love? said the Commander, Jacopo De Nicola

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Triage, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Jesse Ruben, SUN Lisa Chosed, Rachel Eve

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Supreem Da Rezarekta’, Artimës Prime, Orlando RsrJuice Jackson, M.A.S , SAT Palatine, Knightlife

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT Apertures, Misfit Holiday, Monoceros

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms, SAT Amora, Flowercrown, SUN Traitor, No Nothing

Century (1350 S 29th St.) SAT The Company Corvette, SUN Trashcats, Fucksake

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT A Vacation

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Madeleine Haze (Farewell Show), In The Presence of Wolves, Nakama, SAT Jordan Flaherty 

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Jordan Caiola, Katie Frank, SUN Stanley Clarke Band, Ernest Stuart Trio

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) FRI Bandit, A Virgin, SAT Lester, Buster, Gender Work

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN RunHideFight, No Thank You, Wildflowers of America

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Aphid Daughters, Michael Norris, SAT Teenage Bigfoot, Assemble, SUN Hallowed Bells

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN FLNG, Mud Guppies, Overwinter

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Overwinter, Mattress Food

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New Mothers LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Render Another Ugly Method is the new album from Georgia transplants Mothers, and is out now via ANTI- Records. Whether subtlety set adrift or racing toward an undeclared destination, the band occupies a semi-chaotic, heady space that follows Kristine Leschper’s vocal lead. There’s an unpredictability to the release, as the band shifts between a chilly serenity and frenetic flashes of energy. Supported by Mega Bog, Mothers will be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, November 3.

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