The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Forever Lesbians
- by Alexis V.
The origin of Forever Lesbians seems rather natural for this day and age - a connection via social media and a gifted 4-track recorder. And if the tale of the band finding its name in a fortune cookie at a Philly noodle bar holds an ounce of truth, then we have the beginnings of a good ole rock ‘n’ roll story. The group recently dropped its latest EP Love, Respect and Wisdom earlier this month, and won our Featured Artist(s) Poll so you can learn about the quirky, fledgling, lo-fi indie outfit by taking a listen to the quartet’s new album and reading our interview below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Will DiSerafino: Con and I have been playing music together for about 3 years now. We met on Facebook, and figured out we only live 2 minutes away from one another. That’s when we started making music.
Con Shea: We started Forever Lesbians when one of my friends gave me a 4-track last Christmas, and Will and I decided that we would use it to start recording what was originally just going to be a funny demo. We ended up recording a whole lot more on cassette tapes because it was easiest for us since we room together at boarding school.
Noah Burke: Banging pots and pans in the kitchen, I still do that, but that’s how it started.
Blaise O’Brien: My friends wanted to play a White Stripes song for our fourth grade talent show. We were all out of tune, but it sounded great to our moms.
TD: Where did the band name Forever Lesbians come from?
Forever Lesbians: It was in a fortune cookie that we read at a noodle bar in Philly.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
FL: We’re really into a lot of Canadian bands right now - a lot of lo-fi stuff like Homeshake and Alex Calder. We’re also influenced by Frankie Cosmos, Foozle, and Porches pretty heavily now - a lot of other wacky stuff too - Brazilian music, Mariah Carey, High Life music from 60’s Africa.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
WD: I’m really into Quarterbacks, Joyce Manor, Surf Curse, and Courtney Barnett.
NB: I’ve been listening to a lot of Death Grips, Dark City Sisters, Homeshake, and my friend George’s new album.
BO: Been feeling very inspired by The Cure.
CS: Sometimes my mom will make up songs to sing for my dogs, Charlie and Fergus, and I listen to that a lot.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
WD: My first concert was Weezer, and my first album was Operation Ivy’s self-titled. I don’t know; I’m pretty sure they only had one album.
NB: My first concert was Ziggy Marley, and my first album was, actually, I don't know, but it was probably bad.
CS: Primus and something by Frank Zappa or maybe The Residents.
BO: I remember at my first show I was in 7th grade, and it was LIGHTS. I saw the opening band in the bathroom, and was so nervous I peed in my pants
TD: What do you love about Philly?
WD: I love everything about Philly; I mean violence isn’t that cool, but it’s whatever!!
CS: I like all the people that come out of Philly. It’s much more comforting to me than NYC; it has everything I’d ever really want from a city………………………...
NB: The noodle bars.
BO: The surplus army store on 13th and Chestnut.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
NB: People getting shot near our shows
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
FL: Make and play music WASSUP - stop global climate change
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
CS: Most memorable show was definitely when we played at Kevin Brusha’s house (the nest), and Chris Terlizzi from Krispy Kareem had to go to the hospital after he stepped on a nail. Wastey Kids were smashing mannequins and other funny stuff. It was a good show. Someone drank a 40 out of a mannequins leg - wild times.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
NB: White bread, turkey, extra cheese and salt with peanut M&Ms and Coke.
WD: Turkey Club.
CS: Chicken salad sandwich - Marcus Mamourian on the side - mange le free.
BO: Cheesesteak with wiz without onions.