The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: The Orange Drop
- by Alexis V.
The Orange Drop
released an impressive EP entitled Drone Pop
earlier this year. And they’ve been in the studio working on its follow-up with Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler that we are very interested in checking out. The psych-pop/rock quartet won our latest Featured Artist(s) Poll, and we are happy to share our recent interview with frontman Marc Basile, which you can check out below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Marc Basile: I started playing music in high school. I first was interested in playing in a metal band, but quickly lost interest after receiving my first delay pedal. Sounding heavy was replaced by sounding psychedelic, which turned out to be a much better fit. (And a lot more fun!)
TD: Where did the band name The Orange Drop come from?
MB: The band was named after an especially potent batch of acid that came in orange flavored liquid drops.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
MB: We are very much influenced by 60s/70s psych. Pink Floyd are definitely our favorite band and Live at Pompeii our favorite era. The band is also really into trippy garage rock – Velvet Underground, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and droney stuff like Spacemen 3.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Not Local - The Magic Castles, The Red Plastic Buddha, Doug Tuttle, Elephant Stone
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
MB: First concert I ever attended was Ozzy Osbourne, in the 90s, and it was awesome. First album I ever bought was Queen’s Greatest Hits (also awesome).
TD: What do you love about Philly?
MB: The no-bullshit attitude.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
MB: The no-bullshit attitude when taken too far.
TD: What are your plans for 2014?
MB: We are planning on releasing an EP sometime in the fall. We started recording it in June with Jeff Zeigler, and are now in the final mixing/mastering stages. We still need to come up with a name for it and some artwork so the work is far from done, but the music itself is almost there. We’re super excited for people to hear this as we think it turned out great.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
MB: Most memorable live shows are definitely the ones we have thrown ourselves. We routinely throw house parties, invite all our friends and a bunch of bands, get them drunk, and play the rowdiest shows. It is a lot of fun. There are no pre-determined set times, and it often ends in super-jams involving all the bands.
TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?
MB: Turkey sub.