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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Trust Fund Kids

Though The Trust Fund Kids frontman Kevin Connor grew up in “a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey,” he reveals that he’s “not really wealthy,” and is obviously an appreciator of satire. So we were happy to learn that Connor, Nik Slackman, and Jayson Butts will be putting our mixing and mastering prizes to good use in the coming year. Look out for a new single and hopefully a new album from the recently solidified trio in 2018, as well as more performances, but before all that happens, you can learn more about The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner HERE.





The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Trust Fund Kids

Though The Trust Fund Kids frontman Kevin Connor grew up in “a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey,” he reveals that he’s “not really wealthy,” and is obviously an appreciator of satire. So we were happy to learn that Connor, Nik Slackman, and Jayson Butts will be putting our mixing and mastering prizes to good use in the coming year. Look out for a new single and hopefully a new album from the recently solidified trio in 2018, as well as more performances, but before all that happens, you can learn more about The Deli Philly’s recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Kevin Connor: I’ve dabbled in trying to write songs since I was pretty young. I wrote Nirvana rip-offs in middle school and indie slow jams through half of high school. In junior year, I got more serious and grew as a songwriter quite a bit.

Nik Slackman: I used to record my brother and I talking and remix it into techno music in Garageband.

Jayson Butts: I used to always make mini-melodies on my piano, and despite me not being very good at playing it, it sparked some musical interest in me, and I slowly expanded through drum beats, and forcing my brother to play what I wrote down on guitar.

TD: Where did the name The Trust Fund Kids come from?

KC: I originally came from a pretty socioeconomically privileged town in New Jersey. I’m not really wealthy; it was all satirical.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

KC: Jeff Rosenstock, Mitski, Car Seat Headrest, sometimes Weezer, Neutral Milk Hotel, Vampire Weekend, etc. Mostly contemporary indie rock, a bit of 90’s alternative rock, folk, 50’s/60’s oldies, and synthpop basically defines my interests musically.

JB: As a kid, I used to fall in love with random bands for a year and drop them forever, so I never really had any certain influences. I just enjoy the thought that the simple concept of “making music” can lead so many bands to do so many different things.

NS: I can’t remember the chronology of influences, but it was probably Ween that got the ball rolling.

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

KC: As for local artists, the new Slaughter Beach, Dog LP Birdie is really strong. Also, the first Harmony Woods LP Nothing Special - I’ve been really into. Separate from that, I’m always listening to some Car Seat Headrest and Jeff Rosenstock.

NS: The new Spirit of the Beehive album is the best album of the year for me. Moor Mother is a fortune telling time traveler. Any and all Australian synthpop (Alex Cameron, Kirin J Callinan) is on rotation in my home more often than not.

JB: My music interests have recently just reflected the kind of mood I’m in/want to be in. Bands I currently listen to vary from the upbeat Eric Hutchinson, to the sadder, more laid back Band of Horses, although I’ll always have a sweet spot for Goldfish.

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

KC: I believe my first concert was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when I was in seventh grade. Some drunk dude fell on me; it was a good time. The first album I ever bought was Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters at a Best Buy because it’s important to commit to that indie/DIY lifestyle.

NS: “Weird” Al Yankovic was informative concert going. When he put on the fat suit for the song “Fat,” a lot of things clicked.

JB: My first concert was a free show on some college campus, where I remember seeing a relatively local alt band called A Boy Named John. The first album I bought was the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You, simply because my 7 some year-old self thought it looked cool.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

KC: I like that it’s not super crowded for a city. Old City is pretty mellow, specifically. University City is super nice. It’s just a nice city with a lot of opportunities to take advantage of for both musicians and music fans.

NS: Lots of good music and art scenes - plus, the general vibe is brown and red, which is mecha-exciting.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

KC: I’m sad that the city of Philadelphia hasn’t swallowed the entirety of our planet yet and turned the entire planet into a Philadelphia planet. A Planet Philly if you will. I’m additionally working on a graphic novel entitled Planet Philly about this very premise.

NS: Most of the wildlife.

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

KC: We definitely are working on a putting out a single in early 2018. We’re going to use the mixing and mastering prizes we got from this poll to get this track professionally mastered and mixed. We’re trying to get an album out in 2018, too. Additionally, we’re really going to hit the ground running soon on shows. We haven’t been able to do a ton of shows since we just finalized a band lineup. Another problem is the logistics of electric shows because drummer Jayson does not live in Philly, while bassist Nik and I do. However, Nik and I have been planning on doing Modern Baseball-style, two-person acoustic sets for some time. We’re working out our set, and people can watch our Facebook page for shows.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

KC: One time, I played an acoustic set on the radio. We’re all originally from New Jersey (but are based in Philadelphia now), and our high school had a radio station. So I played the songs “Evelyn,” “Orlando Gloom,” and “Mercy Me” live on the radio. It was a really cool experience.

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

KC: An Italian sub. Sometimes with pepperoni but usually not. Definitely with onions, olive oil, vinegar, and oregano.

NS: Pastrami in excess.

JB: Alright, first thing first - you gotta get the largest Italian roll that money can buy. Step two: Spread honey mustard over every inch. Now, it’s worth noting that I’m a vegetarian, but since we’re playing favorites and not my regular order, I’ll start with some hot Taylor ham for the base, with a good deal of provolone cheese on the other half. Toast all that up for a minute or so. Then comes the shredded lettuce (oil and vinegar spread throughout it), tomato, onions, cucumbers, and the slightest bit of jalapeno to sprinkle over the top. Now that you have a sub that’s ready to burst at the seams, close it off, and that melty provolone cheese will spread throughout the sub, and keep everything together as if it were glue. Now all that’s left is to dig in while you transcend this mortal realm of sub-par sandwich making.

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New Track: "Stray" - Plume

“Stray” is featured on the EP Ivy Eyes from the tandem of Paige Pfleger and Aaron Sternick (Tinmouth), a.k.a. Plume. Rolling percussion and synth combine, inviting one into a lush atmosphere. That cozy vibe pairs well with Pfleger’s steady, heartfelt vocals, as remembrances of a relationship’s dawn are revealed in soothing waves. Plume is set to perform at Tralfamadore this Saturday, December 2, as part of a lineup that also Canine 10, Psychonaut, and Erik Kramer.

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Gingerlys release self-titled debut album, share first video

Gingerlys' self-titled debut album, out on November 17th, showcases a band delivering on the promise of their earlier work. When we last featured their 7" EP “Jumprope” here on The Deli, we were impressed enough with the group's fast paced indie pop. The new work, however, takes everything a step further in both the songwriting and production departments.  Lead track and first video release “Turtledoves” (streaming below) captures that wistful sense of emotion felt on discovering something new and beautiful.  The pacing is quick, with drums clattering underneath an overall catchy melodiousness created by well orchestrated layers of vocals, guitars and keyboards.  Tasty guitar lines emerge into the mix as the dreamy female vocals pull you into a world where “you were never meant to wander.”  The rising pitch of the vocal melody on key lines “I knew you” and “you choose to” will appeal to big dream pop fans (like us). The full album is available for streaming here. - Dave Cromwell

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Freakout Standouts: Strawberry Mountain

*photo by Travis Trautt 

Strawberry Mountain has been around the way for awhile, just not necessarily as montaña de la fresa. Formerly known as Basement Surfers, the DIY music and art collective are as large with their sounds as they are with their member count. Having played two sets at Freakout this year attendees were able to enjoy them twice over, but their sounds were entirely perfect for the Conor Byrne and its crowd.

Aside from their all-ages "2nd chance" Filson set Strawberry Mountain packed onto the Conor Byrne's stage as festival goers crowded the walkways of the bar-venue, lining up for Will Call tickets and press check-in. Upon their first notes the heads in the room focused with intrigue on their expansive, experimental psych sounds, much of which came from their early 2017 album Human Music.

With that album and everything prior, Strawberry Mountain are definitely ones we'll keep our eyes on.

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