The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Broke Body

Being broke financially is a situation that a majority of fledgling artists can relate to. For Broke Body, life has been taxing in the physical sense as well, so they wanted a band name that would represent their lives right now. However, things haven’t been all that bad for the trio here in Philly of late. After discovering “a really dope, supportive community,” the group just released its first EP, Bleed, via local imprint Good How Are You Records, and claimed victory in our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll. “Exploring themes of dissonance, loss, apathy, and anxiety,” you can give Broke Body’s fiery debut a spin, and take a gander at our interview with the gang below. Tru.

The Deli: How did you start making music?

Jackie: We all met on Tinder, and realized we didn’t hate creating things with each other.

Rich: Jackie and Sarina started making music together, and needed a drummer so they asked me to jam a few times, and we decided to form a band after that.

Sarina: Tru.

TD: Where did the name Broke Body come from?

J: We’re always broke, and I’m always hurting myself. It doesn’t mean anything really. We just like the alliteration. Sarina named us Automanic at one point. I wanted to call us Moist Ointment Appointment, but no one liked that one. Rich is a band name generator, and came up with some cool ones, but every time we Googled it, it was taken. He started calling us Broke Body, and that one stuck for some reason. Band names are dumb. Thanks Rich.

R: Yea, you’re welcome. We thought of it one day as a way of representing our lives right now - broken bodies in the actual sense and poor in spirit and wealth.

S: Tru.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

J: Sixteen Jackies, Wave Action, Tierra Whack, Angel Olsen, Morning Teleportation, The Pixies, The Breeders.

S: Warpaint forever and always, Broadcast, SZA, dreamy moody lalala stuff.

R: Pixies, Nirvana, Weezer, The Strokes.

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

Broke Body: Blushed, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, Puppy Angst, Secret Nudist Friends, Canine 10, Babe Grenade, Busy Bee Project, Heaven Man, Rasan In The Heyday, Sixteen Jackies, Slomo Sapiens, Amelia Belle-Isle, Sheer Mag, Faucet, Mike Space, Sun God and DistantStarr are all awesome local acts.

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

J: Haaaa… My first concert was Elton John, and the first album I remember buying was the Marshall Mathers EP. That shit was dope.

S: I saw Britney Spears when I was 5 or 6 for my older sister’s birthday – very epic, very grateful for the experience. The first album I bought was Gwen Stefani’s debut solo album, Love Angel Music Baby.

R: My first concert was The Guess Who opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some of my first albums were Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

TD: What do you love about Philly?

J: It’s an incredibly diverse place with an amazing, deep and supportive music scene.

S: Philadelphians’ unapologetic loyalty.

R: Philly’s sense of community and eclectic music scene.

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

J: The goddamn cheesesteak thing. Also parking.

S: The Winter.

R: Public transit.

TD: What are your plans for 2019?

We’re heading on tour at the end of June to support the EP. Then we have a small Canadian tour at the end of August that we’re really excited about. We’re also getting back into the studio in Fall to record some new stuff.

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

J: Our second show at Sin Bucket in South Philly. We played an insanely bad set, even for us. But we met Alyssa from Puppy Angst and Blushed that night, and they introduced us to a really dope, supportive community.   

S: Yea, the first 3 shows we played spanned a memorable weekend to say the least. It was my first time ever performing. Jackie broke his amp the first night and his guitar the second night, while we were in the middle of a song. We ended the weekend in Mill Hill basement in Trenton, NJ, where “Trenton Makes, The World Takes”. Oh yea, and for some freaky ass reason, U-Haul overcharged us a lot of money for our van.   

R: Probably our single release show. Everyone from Good How Are You Records came out to support, and it was just a great time.

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

J: A bag of Rap Snacks and a cold pop.

R: Italian hoagie with Oregano.

S: Tru.

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