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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Lazy Eye

After seeing fellow Philly artist Kississippi perform at a DIY show during their first semester at college, Hannah LaRocca became inspired to start writing their very own songs. With Lazy Eye, the moniker represents a “liberating” way for LaRocca to put a positive spin on a childhood insecurity. What began as a solo bedroom project has now blossomed into a full-fledged band with support from high school pal Maddie Blank (on bass and backing vocals), brother Connor LaRocca (on lead guitar), and Amber Ferreira (on drums). The band dropped its first album, Mental Chillness, together at the beginning of this year, which was recorded and mixed by Kyle Pulley at the Headroom. The group is looking to hit the road this summer, and is currently in the process of working on new material. Please feel free to check out our latest Featured Artist(s) interview with Lazy Eye's Hannah LaRocca below! 

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Hannah LaRocca: So Lazy Eye was originally my solo bedroom project. Maddie (Blank) and I actually have been singing together since we were in chorus in high school, and had tried our hand a few times with some bands that were all dudes; needless to say, that didn’t work out. First year of college, I had moved to Philly, and started going to DIY shows. I saw Kississippi during my first semester, and it was the first woman I had seen doing DIY shows. Seeing her play gave me the inspiration to just do it, and I started on writing my own songs.

Down the line, probably a year and a half later or so, I dropped my first self-recorded EP, and started playing shows. Over the summer of 2017, my brother (Connor LaRocca) and I had talked about making Lazy Eye a band, and I knew I wanted Maddie to be a part of it too. The only reason Connor and I hadn’t collaborated sooner was due to different styles mostly; plus, he was still in high school till 2017 so I didn’t see him very much. Though down the line, we’ve definitely been able to find common ground stylistically between us, and I love working with my brother.

We had some real trouble finding a drummer for a bit; that is up until I met Amber (Ferreira) after playing a solo set at her house. I came back a few days later to pick up my PA, and she told me to play at their house again soon. I was like - “Yeah I’d love to! I’m actually trying to get a band together, but I haven’t been able to find a drummer.” She was like - “I play drums!” I told her to hit me up if she was interested, and she did not long after. The rest is history. 

TD: Where did the name Lazy Eye come from? 

HL: It’s funny; a lot of people assume we’re named after the song by the Silversun Pickups. However, I actually have a lazy eye. It was something I was very insecure about growing up, and I suppose it was kind of liberating in a way to slap that on my art. It gave me a more positive way to relate to my wonky eye.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

HL: King Krule’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon has definitely been the largest influence on how I play guitar. I learned nearly every song on that album, and it changed the way I wrote entirely. Other than that, I’ve always loved the brute honesty of Amy Winehouse, the quiet and beautiful emotionality of Mitski, as well as irreverent artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday.

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

HL: Wild Painting, Orion Sun, Ariana Grande.

Maddie Blank: Soccer Mommy, Men I Trust, Kendrick Lamar.

Amber Ferreira: Boogie, James Blake, Dumbo Gets Mad.

Connor LaRocca: Deerhoof, Ponytail, and Swell Maps.

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

HL: The actual first concert I ever went to was actually an Alicia Keys concert with my mom. The first concert I ever went to on my own was Foster the People in 2012. 

As for the first album I ever bought, after scrolling ALL the way back in my iTunes library (the same one I’ve had since 3rd or 4th grade), the actual first FULL album I bought was A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! At the Disco.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

HL: I think Philly has a certain sense of community that you don’t find in other cities. People tend to be accepting of others at face value, and the people who grew up and still live here are the warmest kind of people you could meet (despite outsider’s ideas of the city). Philly DIY is huge, and has been the basis of many successful artists that have come out from it. There’s a huge community that, for the most part, is open and supportive.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

HL: Honestly, and this is just geographical, but Philly has TERRIBLE weather. It’s either freezing cold and windy, or hot and SUPER humid. You’re lucky to have a day in between with normal weather. 

Other than that, in terms of DIY, I think it can be somewhat segregated. It’s gotten better in the past few years, but it’s still very centered around all white male bands. I can say confidently that the platform has opened up to many more artists from different backgrounds since, say, 2015 or so, but there is still MUCH work to be done in terms of representation and making room for other kinds of artists.

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

HL: As of now, Lazy Eye is back in the writing process, so it’d be cool to crank out at least one single. Other than that, we’re looking to tour over the summer probably, and will most likely do a music video at some point.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

HL: As a solo act, my 3rd live performance as Lazy Eye probably. It was early summer of 2017, and I was playing at a place called Trash House. It was SO hot, and I remember being VERY nervous and sweating profusely cause it was humid as hell - that Philly weather! I was covering a song I had played 1000 times and completely forgot the rest of it in the middle of playing. I was embarrassed to say the least.

As a band, probably our first show back on Halloween 2017. Any other band I had played with before that were pretty much solely cover bands, so to play music I had actually written, for the first time with my wonderful band, was definitely a moment I’ll never forget.

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

HL: Like sandwiches? If I can find a good veggie hoagie at a deli, I’m usually sold!

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Weekend Warrior, March 1 - 3

Grandchildren celebrates its latest, eponymously-titled album (out now via Ernest Jenning Record Co.) with a performance this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The former Danger Danger Gallery house band creates elaborately detailed instrumental frameworks, which despite their complexities retain an inherent, endearing optimism. With the addition of Shari Amanda, the group has added yet another facet. There’s a soothing cinematic quality to the songs, utilizing instrumentation with pinpoint precision, creating a spacious yet dramatic atmosphere. A sonic story is told that covers a vast expanse, while the dual-lined vocal harmonies capture a heartfelt proximity. Tonight, they’ll be joined by the reassuring, psych-inflected dreampop of Stereo League and singer-songwriter Vessna Scheff, whom soulfully merges folk and jazz with a ukulele in hand. – Michael Colavita

More tunes to fill your soul this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Grandchildren (Record Release), Stereo League, Vessna Scheff, SAT Rich Medina Presents: Jump N Funk - America’s Original Fela Kuti Tribute Party

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Morning River Band, Driftwood Soldier

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Poppy, Jukebox Zeros, Chino/DJ Deejay, SAT Adder/Vic B, SUN Birmingham Six, The Daggered Hearts

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Nonfiction (Album Release), Twentythreenineteen, Rich People

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Downstairs) PhillyBloco, Unidos da Filadelfia Samba School

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Socko, Bored As Hell, Kissing the Klepto, SAT Brother Martin, Georgey V, The Last Generation On Film/Breakfast for Turtles

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Levee Drivers, The Bad Larrys, Slomo Sapiens, SAT Dull Blue Lights, SUN Cheeky

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT The Rectors, Slomo Sapiens, Secret Nudist Friends 

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Day, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

Hard Rock Café (1113-1131 Market St.) FRI Great Time

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Tisburys, Blueroom, SAT Tone Bandits, The Pink Angels, Vixen77

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Marco: The Prince and Michael Experience, SAT Lower Wolves, Strange Attraction (The Cure Tribute Band), Dj Baby Berlin

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Voodoo Death Cult , Cold Blood Creep, Let's Disinfect, SAT Malphas, Corners of Sanctuary, SUN At Best, Allarms, Dear Forbidden, Friendo

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Allison Landon 

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI  Cabaret Sauvignon/DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ed Christof

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Two Rocks Rye, Colin Lenox, Dylan Jane, SAT Hoochi Coochi, Earth Radio, Atomic Sky

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Man Like Machine, The Stonewall Vessels, Paradrei, Black Melanite

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Avenue) FRI Bungler, Sun Organ, Sandcastle

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Cheer Up, Psychic Flowers, Half Thought

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Mannequin Pussy, SUN Sieve 

Ahimsa House (5007 Cedar Ave.) SAT AnnonXL, Leeyuh Neptune , Sitcom

Warehouse on Watts (923-929 N. Watts St.) FRI Zejibo, Backpack

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Gender Work

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Telyscopes, Broke Body, Annalise Curtin

The Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month: Holy Matrimony - Lizdelise

One naturally closes their eyes, envisioning the airy ideal described in Pictured It,” the opening track from Lizdelise’s much-anticipated album Holy Matrimony. The imagery of a futuristic fantasy shifts into drearier tone with the admission, “But I didn’t picture it right”. Confident guitar expertly intervenes, bobbing and weaving as the elegantly intimate vocals provide a soothing hypnotic counterpoint on “Tell Me”. It’s an alluring appeal toward personal connection, with a mythical, storytelling element that comes to a head with the gripping power of the questioning refrain.

A laidback, sitting-alone-in-a-room, peaceful ambiance is conveyed in “Wise,” as the smooth electro-percussive groove merges with acoustic guitar, creating a delicate harp-esque backdrop. Recalling a foreshadowing of apprehension, the song drifts between the past and the present. Amid the graceful composition, a guitar-fueled fire ignites. Reinforced by a backend bounce, “Boy” is led by another flame-throwing, infectious riff. Imagining the hypothetical and being caught at a stalemate between two difficult options. The track captures a sense of empathy within feelings of loneliness. The heartbeat gradually increases as the synth and bass unite in a climb that’s partially the calm of a head in the clouds, while revealing a sensitivity. Then, “Boy II” instrumentally punctuates explosively engulfing the aftermath. 

With “Probably Die,” a looming internal struggle generates tension, preparing for the aftershocks of a breakup before it happens. An ethereal meditation works through a personal confession. What starts as a delicate daydream begins to turn into raw, emotive energy, which is stacked higher and higher. “Interlude” releases that tension with the striking beauty of sonic fireworks.

Percussion cracks open the shell of personality as “Sated” explores one’s ever-evolving character traits and how continuous fluctuation creates detours along the road of contentment. Within the electronic swirl, the unifying, universal acceptance that we’re all on a similar voyage is countered by an unresolved anxiousness. “Twilight Sleep” instantly slips into an enchanting trance. The electro pulse and guitar shreds enter, subsequently trapping one in a lonely dream state, before “Forever” lyrically ponders the narrator’s existential purpose, and whether a sense of temporary aimlessness will linger indefinitely. While contextually not appearing on solid ground, the song retains a graceful nature.

Holy Matrimony captures a vulnerable/volatile dynamic, eloquently exploring one’s current circumstances while remaining unabashedly exposed. The trio has created an album that engages at every turn. For fans of St. Vincent and Angel Olsen, you now have a new, emerging artist to swoon over. - Michael Colavita


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