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Best New England Emerging Artists 2017: The Deli's Poll Results

Dear Deli Readers,

We have finally reached the end of the road for The Deli’s Best Emerging New England Artists Poll. As usual, it’s been a lengthy, exhausting, painstaking journey through an abundance of numbers, band names, and some seriously rad tunes. Now, before we get to our list of this year’s Top Performers, we would like to thank our wonderful, knowledgeable jury of local music experts/enthusiasts (which you can view below), dedicated Deli writers and all those who took the time to check out our nominees and cast their votes. You’re the best, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!

1. Crumb is an outfit that takes the pleasantly dissonant atmosphere of smooth jazz and molds it into psych rock masterpieces. Their songs glide along steady pace, revealing highly skilled instrumentation without abandoning the groove. There are long stretches of jam that prove remiscent of classic indie rockers like Lotus Plaza, but there are moments of unbridled wierdness and pure chaos, sprinkled in to add some spice to the psychedelic sonic brew. Crumb is the new must listen for psych fans in New England.

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2. XR Tabs is a band to which it's nearly impossible to assign a definitive genre. Their work contains elements of experimental noise rock, post-punk, indie rock, and electronica. They traverse unclaimed musical territory almost as a rule, making listening a wholly unexpected experience.

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3. Pompo is an alt rock band that blends elements of funk and blues to create a hybrid, modern alternative rock sound. With lengthy, funk jams that serve as an instant reminder of early Red Hot Chili Peppers, they've honed a classic sound and made it their own. 

 

4. Frank Viele

5. Honeysuckle

6. Moment of Clarity

7. Ripe

8. oldsoul

9. The Black Kennedys

10. Wolfmen of Mars

11. Kal Marks

12. The Right Offs

13. Choke Up

14. Ryxno

15. Tigerman WOAH

16. Seth Adam

17. Math the Band

18. The Dead L.A.

19 Fucko

20. Rick Rude https://rickrude1.bandcamp.com/

21. And Then There Was One

22. Chaser Eight

23. Squeeze Trigger

24. Julia Russo

25. Fightsong

26. Polluter

27. Mokita

29. Atlas Lab

30. Colbis the Creature

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See you next year, Best of New England Poll!

The Folks at The Deli

 





The Water Cycle Drops Debut EP, other boys

 DIY indie rockers The Water Cycle released their debut EP, other boys, last month.  An endearing, organic record, infused with catchy melodies and relatable lyrics, other boys is a surprisingly refreshing entrance for the Boston trio.  A strong indie base, with hints of surf and folk make us eager to hear more from this emerging artist.  -Brian Varneke





The Deli's Austin '17 Issue is online! The Synths and Pedals Issue

Deli Readers,

We've been publishing the yearly Austin issue of The Deli (coinciding with SXSW) since 2011, and it's our only print issue that's not exclusively focused on just NYC artists. 

After last year's fun, "PsycheDelic" approach, we decided to dedicate this year's issue almost entirely to synth and pedals (and bands of course!), in an effort to promote our Austin Stompbox Exhibit and Synth Expo - which, if you are a gear geek heading to Austin next week, should not miss!

However, the highlight of this issue is an article about women and technology. Hope you enjoy it!

LISTEN TO A PLAYLIST OF THIS ISSUE HERE (or below)!

The Deli's Staff

P.S. You'll see the printed issue in Austin next week and in NYC the week after.





Choke Up: Juror's Pick for Best Emerging New England Punk/Metal Act of 2016

 Taking home the Juror's prize for Best Emerging New England Punk/Metal Artist of 2016 is Boston punk quartet Choke Up.  Their latest, Black Coffee, Bad Habits, is 14 tracks of anthemic emo-hardcore that will have fans in the pit, screaming lyrics at the top of their lungs.  Dynamic and tight, the quartet flexes their range, seamlessly transitioning from folksy slow jams like "Polka Dots" to blistering punk in "Woke Up Drunk", both standout tracks on the record.  Check them out below.  Special shout-out to Tigerman Woah for keeping it a close race in the poll. -Brian Varneke

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The Deli New England Premiere: Replacire Debuts New Track "Act/Re-Enact"

2017 is going to be a big year for Replacire.  The Boston-based metal outfit is set to release their sophmore LP, Do Not Deviate, on March 17th via Season of Mist, and the band will be kicking off an east coast tour--sweeping their muscular riffs and sinister doomscapes across the Atlantic seaboard.  We sat down with guitarist Eric Alper to talk about the album and to get an exclusive taste of their track "Act, Re-Enact".  Of the new song, Alper remarks, "Out of all the songs on the new record Act, Re-enact is the most straight-ahead. This song combines consistent grooves and a catchy song structure while maintaining the eccentricities and rhythmic stabs that make a Replacire unique."  See below for the full interview and track stream. 

For new fans, who is Replacire?  Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

Replacire is an extreme metal band from Boston Mass, we formed in 2009 and have recently signed to the label Season of Mist, who will be releasing our new record in March.

The new album, Do Not Deviate, is about to drop.  Your last release was The Human Burden in 2012.  How has the band grown since the last album, and how does the new release represent who the band is today?

We've definitely gotten heavier.  With this type of music, you're always trying to push yourself as a musician.  The tempos go up and the riffs get a little trickier.  Something that was hard to pull of on the first record is your new comfort zone so you need to step out of that to progress. During the recording of The Human Burden I discovered that my strength was rhythm playing, mainly in my picking hand. So a lot of my contributions include string skipping and fast downpicking. In short, the band is more extreme.

The album is full of impressive technical musicianship, while at the same time keeping a strong emphasis on the integrity of the songs. Is it a challenge trying to strike that balance?

Thank you, thats something thats very important to us. Once we come up with the material that makes up the song we spend most of the time on arrangement, making sure the song winds up and releases in a pleasing way.

Can you describe what your creative process is like? Does it change from song to song? And do you find that lyrics or riffs come first?

The music has always come first for us. We all contribute riffs and have this big pile of material to draw from. Once we start working out ideas new parts are created through brainstorming. We then move on to arrangement, we come up with a name for every part and lay it out on a whiteboard. We try different arrangements until we have it flowing like a song. We try hard to avoid being linear or just riff sandwiching parts together. If you analyze the parts, often they’re all connected in some way, some are more obvious than others. Lyrics are the last step.
 

What are you hoping people take away from the album? Is there a central message/concept?
The lyrics are fairly metaphorical, often dealing with existential dread and the power of the mind. But honestly they’re very open to interpretation. Like most art I’m hoping the fans can find their own way to interpret and enjoy it.

In three words, how would you define your sound?

Weird, cerebral, metal.

 

What can we look forward to seeing/hearing from Replacire in the future?

We’re hoping to play shows and tour as much as possible in support of the new record. Hopefully some playthrough videos as well.

 

If you were going to go on tour, what dream artists would you love to be playing with?

Man there’s so many great bands its tough to choose. All the bands on the Season Of Mist roster are sick and it’d be an honor to tour with any of them, especially Gorguts! Outside of that, Behemoth and Meshuggah put on such amazing live shows, I could see that being a lot of fun. Also, I’m a big fan of Cattle Decapitation, it’d be amazing to be able to watch those guys every night.

 

Are there any artists in the NE area that you’re really excited about?

Fuming Mouth and Lord Almighty are a couple really great bands in the area right now. Scalpel, Obsidian Tongue, and Pathogenic are also some amazingly talented metal bands.

 

What are your biggest non-musical influences?

Mostly the need to create....and whiskey. 

 

 

For more info, including upcoming tour dates, click here.  -Brian Varneke

 

 

Photo credit: Tom Couture

 

 

 

 

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