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The Soft, Sad World of Gillian Frances

When listening to Gillian Frances’ debut EP Born Yesterday, the soft, ambient acoustics wash over you gently like waves. It’s not hard to be lulled to sleep by Frances’ gentle vocals, as she plaintively croons her poetic lyrics. Her voice is ethereal and tinged with a uniquely biting sweetness and her lyrics display a distinct worldview. Born Yesterday gives the audience a glimpse into a motionless world filled with the sort of nostalgia associated with forgotten memories and lost things. The EP is both mournful for the past and hopeful for the future. At times her music sounds eerily familiar, hinting at inspiration from acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel. It’s an impressive first release which was recently reissued on Good Cherry Records.

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Broseph 

   

Bodega is on the cover of the 54th issue of The Deli NYC!

If there's a turn of phrase we kind of detest here at The Deli is "taking the scene by storm." It's one of those generic prefab sentences that ring insincere. But then again, sometimes, some bands do that - kind of rare, but it happens, right? And sometimes, on a hot day like today, being lazy is kind of inevitable. So... yes! Brooklyn's Bodega are taking the NYC scene by storm with their blend of post-punk and pop and their super-fun live shows. That, and their somewhat familiar name, are the main reasons why they are on the cover of the new, spring 2018 issue of The Deli! 

The issue, our 54th NYC one, is now up online and you can read it here.

It's an issue linked to the biggest event for musicians we've ever organized, which will host a Stompbox Exhibit, a Synth Expo and a Vintage Guitar Exchange in a Bushwick art gallery called Absurd Conclave - hope to see you there!

The Folks at The Deli NYC

   

Spend your Summer Listening to Plastic Weather

As temperatures rise, it’s hard to find music suitable for the antsy, feverish moods caused by hotter nights. Luckily for those living in Portland, Plastic Weather is around to provide the perfect outlet for that restlessness. A self-described “bratty synth punk” band, Plastic Weather makes dynamically angry synth-pop. Fast percussive stabs and short synth sustains make the music heavy, compelling, and great for dancing. The synth playing especially stands out, and introduces elements of prog-rock into their music. Without it, the band would not have the spacey 80's sci-fi soundscape that makes it so unique. The vocalist's echoing, disembodied vocals pair well with their melodramatic and abstract lyrics. Ultimately, Plastic Weather sounds like an angsty synth-pop band trapped in a feverish daydream but having a good time. - Avril Carrillo 
 
Plastic Weather’s next show will be June 10th with Planet Damn and GNäRDS at No Fun.

   

Get Angry, Stay Pissed with B.R.U.C.E.

Femme punk band B.R.U.C.E.’s first album Stay Pissed was just released. B.R.U.C.E. is comprised of Anna Janelle, Ryan Vail, David Thomas, and Gwen Shrieks. Together, they make music that is feral and blunt, exploring the ridiculous hypocrisy of the world. Each song on Stay Pissed is notable, but the two that really shine are “Succubus” and Tried.” Janelle’s vocals on “Succubus” are raw and angry, reminiscent of a huskier Kathleen Hanna. “Tried” alternates between a slower, more sultry pace, and jarring, crashing noise. It’s an excellent example of building and releasing an audience’s anticipation and letting the movement of the music turn into frenzied chaos. Next time you need to punch someone (like a Nazi) in the face, listen to B.R.U.C.E to pump yourself up beforehand.

B.R.U.C.E. will be playing at the Lombard Pub on June 9th, along with ISCH, Dead Coyote, and Jeff Smith. - By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Corbin Corbiin

   

Surfer Rosie June 30th at Black Water

Surfer Rosie, a slacker-rock garage band, has been gaining popularity in Portland for a number of reasons. The band’s members Gillian Brase, Gillian Avina, Laura Daegling, Noah Johanson have all cut their teeth in the DIY scene over the years, and that experience shows in Surfer Rosie’s music. Their first EP released last June, simply titled EP 1, is an excellent example of alt-pop done right. The band’s strength lies in their combination of emo-inspired lyricism with deceptively minimalistic guitar riffs and beats. Surfer Rosie’s latest single “Worms” came out this May. The track feels driven and focused, but still makes room for the band’s signature moodiness. Surfer Rosie's next show is June 30th at the Black Water Bar with Little Star, Alien Boy, and Vari Vice. - by Avril Carrillo, Photo by Natalie Eagan