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The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Goodbye Max

Saying “goodbye” can often be a difficult act, and on Goodbye Max’s self-titled debut album (which is available on cassette via Fox Food Records), the Philly singer-songwriter beautifully and elegantly captures those conflicted feels. Unpacking an “old box” of memories, he leaves you drowning in a pool of emotions, before surfacing for that much-needed gasp of life. Goodbye Max’s desire this year is to find other musicians to collaborate with. So take a listen below, check out what this project is about HERE, and get in touch with him ASAP!





The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Goodbye Max

Saying “goodbye” can often be a difficult act, and on Goodbye Max’s self-titled debut album (which is available on cassette via Fox Food Records), the Philly singer-songwriter beautifully and elegantly captures those conflicted feels. Unpacking an “old box” of memories, he leaves you drowning in a pool of emotions, before surfacing for that much-needed gasp of life. Goodbye Max’s desire this year is to find other musicians to collaborate with. So take a listen below, check out what this project is about below, and get in touch with him ASAP!

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Goodbye Max: I took guitar lessons at a small music school for about nine years. In middle and high school, my friends and I played music together, and we briefly had a band. It wasn't until later on that I got a USB mic and started recording stuff to my laptop on my own. I slowly became absorbed in the process of recording. Song-making was (and still is) a creative and emotional outlet for me.

TD: Where did the name Goodbye Max come from? 

GM: It's a line from a Pink Floyd song called "The Gunner's Dream". Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands of all time. Also, the words Goodbye Max could describe what this project has meant to me - saying goodbye to the past. I guess "Max" is symbolic of all the things and people left behind as time passes and things change. I feel like so many people focus on where they're going in life and what the end goal is. Maybe I'm just nostalgic because I get stuck in old memories easily. It's like the feeling of going through an old box of stuff or photos - that's what I want Goodbye Max to feel/sound like.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

GM: I'm inspired by so many people that it would be hard to name them all! Early in my life (thanks to my mom), I was exposed to a lot of Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead. More recently, my biggest inspirations as a songwriter have been Noah Gundersen, Phoebe Bridgers, and (Sandy) Alex G.

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

GM: A Philly band, Weller, just put out an excellent record that I highly recommend giving a listen. Spencer Radcliffe, Field Medic, and Euphoria Again are other artists I've had on repeat lately. Oh, and someone told me I remind them of Flatsound, so I've been checking out their discography.

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

GM: My first real concert was Simon and Garfunkel back when the venue was called the Wachovia Center. I went with my mom, and I don't remember much about the show, probably because I was young and not as used to staying up very late. The first album I ever bought was Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism. They're another of my big influences.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

GM: I love how there are areas that feel like a big city and other areas that feel like little neighborhoods. 

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

GM: The occasional lateness of the trains when I'm trying to get to class (I commute to Temple).

TD: What are your plans for 2018?

GM: I want to record and release a longer album by the end of the year. Also, I'd like to collaborate with some other musicians.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

GM: We used to play small shows at World Cafe Live with the music school I took lessons at. They were to show off how much we'd learned. I got to play the guitar solo in "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd. Afterwards, someone came up to me and told me how great it was. That was a good feeling. I haven't played a live show as Goodbye Max, but it would be cool to do that sometime.

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

GM: I'm a vegetarian these days, so it depends what they have!

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Spritzer premieres video for "Jean & Helene"

NYC's Spritzer, the side project of Friend Roulette's Matthew Flory Meade, is a band of skilled musicians who, refreshingly, don't take themselves too seriously. The songs from their debut album, Love. Lies. Decay. showcase for pop that at once refind and high energy, with inflections of early-aughts indie reminiscent of Arcade Fire, but also sophisticated pop up from the late '80s/early '90s like Prefab Sprout and The The. Songs like Jean & Helene, whose video was premiered a few days ago, are a rollicking ride, with relentless uptempo drums, reverb-laden vocals, and swirling synth lines that lend an air of the mystical to the already dream-like tunes. This is definitely a new NYC band to keep an ear on. - Ethan Ames

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Debut Bodyguard EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Power Animal bandmates Megan Gouda and Matt Hampson further their creative collaboration as Bodyguard. The duo’s debut EP, Allow Yourself The Frame, merges electro-r&b in a crisp, futuristic-leaning manner. Vocals sync in serene unity, and at other points, offset in staggered directions, creating a theatrical dynamic. Ethereal harmonies, which hone in on specific points, are countered by the adventurous, beat-driven leaps, landing in unexplored territory.

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New Music Video: "Acme Parking Garage" - The Chairman Dances

A sneak peak of Child of My Sorrow, the forthcoming album from The Chairman Dances, has emerged. Directed by Bob Sweeney, the video for "Acme Parking Garage” begins with the eerie emptiness of the garage, which eventually flourishes into the expanse of the store. Then, a warning for a wet floor sends things into a temporary, downward spiral, before a veiled sense of normalcy concludes. Child of My Sorrow is due out on September 7 via Black Rd Records, and you can catch the band’s record release show the following evening at Boot & Saddle, where the quartet will be supported by fellow locals Bird Watcher and Brother Martin. (Photo by Bob Sweeney)

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