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The 1-10's "Fighting for a Golden Age" Review

Whenever a local band comes out with an EP there is always an unspoken fear that it will not translate into a kick-ass album. On the other hand, sometimes a band sounds too clean as they get lost in an Auto- Tune garden. Nashville natives The 1-10’s new EP Fighting for the Golden Age walks the tightrope of sounding authentic to their heavy, impromptu live sound, while not sounding sloppy.

The opening track, “Run From Your Master,” sets the tone for the heavy rock sound that is evident throughout the entire album. As the lead vocalist sings in an almost scream, “That’s looks good,” there is a lighthearted feel to the music, the kind found front row at a crowed live show complete with sweaty punk rock kids and a Parliament Light smoke cloud.

Heavy electric guitars and funky beats make this album one to be played loudly, or not at all. The real narrative is in the music, not the words. Lyrically there is a surrealist bluesy quality, but the music itself achieves a constant rhythm of near perfect electric guitar riffs and heavy drums beats. This is especially evident in “Liars and Thieves” where there is a guitar solo that would impress Slash. The lead singer has the quirky, almost conversationalist lilt of Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), while at times seeming like a less pretentious Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon), with a splash of grunge rock irreverence thrown into the mix.

“Dying Blues” starts off with a beat that sounds like the opening sequence of “Seinfeld.”Then it unleashes a mash of heavy bass and electric guitars that seem to almost be fighting with the lead vocalist for command of the song, but it’s a nice fight, as the song works in its high intensity.

On “Eye for an Eye” the lead vocalist and backup vocalist volley of each other to produce a sound reminiscent of an angrier Mumford and Sons, as they aim for a slower, more harmonic sound. This track has some pretty memorable lyrics: “This morning I cried and I cried out to my God and he didn’t reply/I’m willing to try anything but love.”

Fighting for the Golden Age is a musical Molotov cocktail of dirty, off-the-cuff rock that isn’t for those who prefer their music polite and controlled. There’s always Ryan Cabrera for that. – Krystal Wallace


Greenhorse tonight at the Silverlake Lounge

If you're still looking for that new band to crank up and show off at your kick off party to the new year, search no further. Shawn Day and Chris Hackman of Greenhorse deliver nothing but audacious electronic coated pop ear candy that’ll get your guests bopping. The duo’s kaleidoscope effect, reminiscent of M83’s smooth vocals and MGMTs playful psychedelic pop, is fresh and enchanting.

Greenhorse are currently writing their second EP at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN with Brent Sigmeth (Nirvana, Wilco, Polyphonic Spree). You can catch a ride on the magical stallion at the Silverlake Lounge tonight before they gallop off to finish their record.

-Margarita Castellanos


The Deli’s Featured Artist(s) of the Month: Your Children is Beautiful

Your Children is Beautiful (great fuckin’ band name) may look like a scraggly bunch of hipsters that make the dirtiest lo-fi garage rock, but you know what they say about books and covers. Instead, you’ll find the sweetest indie pop tunes that wrap you in a surprisingly delicate blanket of sensitivity and song craftsmanship goodness. But don’t worry - it’s not that bland overly sensitive singer-songwriter crap that makes you want to cut yourself to feel something more than absolute boredom. Simply stated (and grammatically incorrect): Your Children is Beautiful’s songs is beautiful. Check out our interview with them below and discover a band that is a good argument for why Northeast Philly might not be that cultural wasteland that you know and dislike.
The Deli: How did the band start? 
Your Children is Beautiful: Well, we have all been playing music together in various bands (i.e. 100 ACRES, Seven Twins, Friends and Family) for about 7 or 8 years.  
TD: Where did the band name Your Children is Beautiful come from?
YCiB: It is hard to explain. We couldn't decide on a name for a while, and we played one show under the name GNARNIA which no one was really into... So, we were driving down to our friends' warehouse to record the song Lightning Bug, and we saw a seemingly sweet lady walking across the Roosevelt Boulevard with a bunch of kids. We were really hyped in the car, probably listening to today's hip-hop and R&B, and we yelled out to her...Your Children Is Beautiful! Then we just decided that the whole moment and feeling of what had just happened was a suitable name for our music. We also enjoy grammatical errors. 
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
YCiB: We all listen to a ton of different music. We'll just name drop a bunch of stuff. Caboder, Space Needle, Blink 182, pretty much any 90s garage rock sounding stuff, Stevie Ray Vaughan, MGMT, Black Flag, Broken Social Scene, The Beach Boys, Ariel Pink, Katy Perry, I don’t know. We listen to Hardcore too... It's more about the feelings that we get from music than the actual music itself.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
YCiB: Caboder, Kanye West, Mew, Agitator, Saves the Day, Buddy Holly, Broken Social Scene, The Cure, Ugh God.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
YCiB: Albums: Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; Concerts: Creed (with my Dad *no shame*), One:21
TD: What do you love about Philly?
YCiB: We love Northeast Philly, WAWA, $4.63 PALL MALLS, awesome friends, the fact that we have lived here forever, the Phillies, $5 movies on weekdays at Franklin Mills Mall, Steve's  Prince of Steaks, Five Guys, basement shows are fun, graffiti, the 76ers when they had Iverson and they were good, and bands that are amazing but never get any recognition.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
YCiB: We hate the accent (even though we kind of have it), aggressive drivers, the 58 and the 22 bus, The Greater Northeast, middle-aged men, Mayfair, getting robbed/mugged, cops, and bands that are amazing but never get any recognition.
TD: What are your plans for 2011?
YCiB: We're touring East Coast-ish starting january 2nd. Releasing a full-length, hopefully.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
YCiB: The show was at "Castle Gay" with Mega Bog, Christmas, and one of Hermit Thrushes projects I don't know what they called it... It was really fun and it was one of our first shows.  
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
YCiB: Tuna hoagie with mad stuff on it.
- The Deli Staff

Unicycle Loves You @ Beat Kitchen

Unicycle Loves You is performing at Beat Kitchen this week, Dec. 30th. The band has had a great year which saw the release of their new album Mirror, Mirror, an appearance on the Yo Gabba Gabba tour and recently an appearance on Daytrotter.

The band will be giving away their homemade coloring book for Mirror, Mirror to the first 100 fans to attend the Beat Kitchen show!


Adam Shenk brings back the soul of the 90s - Live at Bitter End on 01.18

Camp is back. 2 weeks ago I saw Adam Shenk light up the bored, mid-week, after-hours crowd at The Bitter End. A silky crooner best described as a broadway-modeled singer-songwriter for whom no time has passed since the '90s, Adam Shenk is a singular man somehow possessing the courage to perform (and grind successfully to) Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas".
Complete with suit and skinny tie, Adam Shenk would have looked at home sipping cosmos on a yacht with Peter Cetera and Kenny Loggins. There are a million reasons I could use to try and convince you that this shouldn't work, but with Adam Shenk it most definitely does.
Brooklyn is full of musicians convincing audiences of the newly found fun of forgotten pop music trends. While this spirit certainly animates the anachronistic R&B and neo-soul sound of songs Suitcases and Taste, the sincerity of Adam's incredibly enthusiastic delivery will make you think he came up with these styles himself...and through his own unique reinventions, he has. Check him out live when he plays The Bitter End again January 18 at 8:30pm. - Mike Levine


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