The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Canada
- by Alexis V.
You may have a difficult time googling and finding out any info about local area four-piece Canada
. Luckily, they were recent winners in our Featured Artist(s) Poll so you’ll have a chance to learn more about the math-prog outfit from our get-to-know-ya interview with Peter Andrel, Brock Benzel, Ben Cardine and Ben Wilson, which you can read below.
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Peter Andrel: They asked me to be in their band back in January, on an instrument I didn’t even play.
Brock Benzel: We began as a three-piece writing progressive rock in Ben’s basement. Then, Pete joined, and we became current-incarnate Canada.
Ben Cardine: Because we wanted to create great music!
Ben Wilson: Three music kids discovering math rock in 2011.
TD: Why did you choose the name Canada?
PA: The name happened before my time but I’ve heard various stories.
BB: It’s easy to remember (and the only thing we could agree on).
BC: It’s what we agreed on, and we thought it sounded cool.
BW: I joined after it was Canada, so I didn’t question it.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
PA: Mainly, This Town Needs Guns and Tera Melos, as well as some older prog rock.
BB: Tim Collis and Nick Reinhart.
BC: The Sound of Animals Fighting, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, This Town Needs Guns, and Frank Zappa.
BW: Zach Hill, Matt Cameron, John Stanier, and Damon Che.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
PA: Wot Gorilla?, Native, Signals, and Danny Brown.
BB: Signals, Justin Timberlake, Merzbow, and Converge.
BC: Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.
BW: Danny Brown, Intronaut, Conan, Tera Melos, and Animal Collective.
TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
PA: Concert was to see Nero at the Electric Factory; first album I remember was Dookie by Green Day.
BB: First Concert - ZappaPlaysZappa with Return to Forever at the Mann Center.
First album I ever bought - Queen: Stone Cold Classics in 3rd grade.
BC: ZappaPlaysZappa and Return to Forever at the Mann Center with Brock.
BW: First concert was Weird Al - I think, and first album was Meantime by Helmet.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
PA: I love living here and being surrounded by artists and positive energy all the time.
BB: I love the house show/college music scene in Philly. Young, independent musicians in Philly have a good thing going, and we hope to be a part of that scene!
BC: The music scene and the food.
BW: The city with the most personality.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
PA: Public trans costs.
BB: The only thing I hate about Philly is that it’s about an hour away from where I live so getting there is difficult.
BC: Getting in, and out of it.
BW: Some people don’t know how to handle it.
TD: What are your plans for 2013?
PA: Playing more shows, creating some merch, and continuing to write songs!
BB: For 2013, we hope to play more shows in Philly and to write more music. We are always seeking improvement, so we plan on moving forward with new ideas and new songs.
BC: What I imagine is that we’re gonna play more shows, because we just put out an album.
BW: Getting merch organized!
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
PA: My first show with Canada at Red Dwarf studios in Jersey. I was very nervous.
BB: Our last show, which was in Ben’s driveway. We played with Airman Trout and my other band, Panucci’s Pizza, and plenty of people showed up. Sound was good, and we had a grand old time!
BC: Probably a place in West Chester called Fennario, it’s a little coffee shop with a venue on the upper floor, and the room is pretty small and always packed with a bunch of people, so it’s a very intimate connection between us and the audience.
BW: The show in my driveway. It was the ultimate vibe - one for the ages.
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
BB: Funny looks.
BC: I would say a cheesesteak, because most Deli’s sell cheesesteaks, and I’m a bigger fan of hot sandwiches as opposed to cold ones.
BW: Italian hoagie, onions and lettuce - no tomato.