Thursday, November 20, 2014

First/Last-LoFi Delphi

"Born from the ashes of several Pittsburgh rock bands- LoFi Delphi is a catharsis of creativity and collaboration. We don't strive for a sound, we all have input, and we play because we love music. Everybody writes the songs, everybody plays the songs."

LoFi Delphi are a Pittsburgh based rock band who are dropping their debut album, "Victor" this Saturday at Howler's with a duel CD Release gig with fellow locals Paddy The Wanderer and openers City Steps. I want to thank Becki Gallagher (Keys/Vocals), Mike Stancil (Guitar/Vocals), Tyler Jessup (Drums), and Andrew Belsick (Bass) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Becki Gallagher: Hanson “Middle of Nowhere”.
Mike Stancil: I didn't really buy albums into much later in life - I used the original Pirate Bay: taping songs off the radio.
Tyler Jessup: Days of the New “Green”.
Andrew Belsick: The Offspring “Smash”.

Your last album bought?
Becki: Secret Sisters “Put Your Needle Down”.
Mike: mewithoutYou “Ten Stories”.
Tyler: Mike Doughty “Stellar Motel”.
Andrew: Nirvana “Heart Shaped Box” Remaster.

Favorite album of all time?
Becki: David Gray “White Ladder”.
Mike: Tie between Portugal. The Man's “Waiter: You Vultures!” and mewithoutYou's “Brother/Sister”.
Tyler: Dave Matthews Band “Before These Crowded Streets”.
Andrew: The Clash “London Calling”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Becki: Weezer “Make Believe”.
Mike: Nearly every subsequent Portugal. The Man album.
Tyler: Alice in Chains “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”.
Andrew:  Band of Horses “Mirage Rock”.

First concert attended?
Becki: Jan and Dean, 1990, Conneaut Lake Park.
Mike: The Get Up Kids with either Appleseed Cast or Hot Rod Circuit - can't remember which came first.
Tyler: Tantric, 2001, The Beehive.
Andrew: Warped Tour, 1999, IC Light Amphitheater.

Last concert?
Becki: Secret Sisters/Nickel Creek.
Mike: Foxy Shazam.
Tyler: Tonic.
Andrew: Secret Sisters/Nickel Creek.

Favorite concert ever?
Becki: Weezer/Ozma/Saves The Day, 2001, Civic Arena.
Mike: Thursday.
Tyler: Pearl Jam, 2006, Mellon Arena.
Andrew: Reverend Horton Heat/Murder By Death, 2007, Beachland Ballroom.

Least favorite concert?
Becki: David Gray, 2010, Atlanta Civic Center.
Mike: Jars of Clay - but, really, it shouldn't have been a surprise.
Tyler: Days of the New, 2009, The Warehouse Nightclub.
Andrew: Black Keys, 2012, Bojangles Coliseum (Charlotte).

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Becki and Andrew will take this one since we moved away in 2010 and moved back late 2013.  When we moved away, we were super excited to get the hell out of this town. However, we quickly realized the grass isn’t always greener. Between the blue collar history, urban grit, quirkiness, the current renaissance, and the thriving local arts/music community, there’s just no place like home.

Thanks, all. Should be a really fun show this week. Love those other bands you are playing with!

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