Sound Bites Series interview: Literature

Literature’s liquid lunch

The Sound Bites Series continues this Sunday (8/11) at the Front/Row stage which is located at the corner of Fulton and Front streets at South Street Seaport. It’s right by Smorgasbar which has beer, wine and some great food. I DJ at 3PM with the band on at 4PM sharp! This week’s band is Literature:

To some, “indiepop” is synonymous with “wimpy” but anyone who has seen Literature’s hyperactive live shows knows that’s not necessarily the case. 2012’s Arab Spring (stream it above) is a hook-filled delight. Having recently moved from Austin to Philadelphia, Literature were one of the breakout bands at this year’s NYC Popfest. I’m super psyched to have them play this Sunday.

As we do, Literature’s Seth Whaland and Chris Shackerman (and occasionally the other members) answered some food related questions for us. They even wrote one of their own questions. Dig in:

Summer is prime farmer’s market time. What’s your favorite vegetable? And why.

Seth: Brussel sprouts because, have you had them after the age of 13?

Chris: Sweet Potatoes because some sweet potatoes come from New Jersey just like me!

What’s your least favorite and why?

Seth: Sweet potatoes because they are from New Jersey.

Chris: Lima beans. Duh.

Did any particular food fuel the making of Arab Spring?

Seth: Tamale House breakfast tacos. We recorded Arab Spring in Austin where the breakfast taco is king.

Has food ever influenced your songwriting?

Seth+Kevin+Nate+Chris: APPLES. Don’t ya fucking love apples?

Any good food-related band anecdotes?

Seth: One time on tour Nate and Kevin were fighting over a bag of corn nuts while I was driving and I had to throw them out the window. No one talked for 30 minutes afterwards. It was great.

Nate + Kevin: It was miserable.

Chris: I wasn’t there.

Who is the best cook in the band?

Seth: Well Nate and Kevin cook up all the song ideas…

Chris: Ba dum ch.

You moved to Philly from Texas. What foods do you miss from Texas and what have you discovered in Philly that Texas didn’t have?

Seth: We miss the tex mex and we miss Bouldin. Were glad to have the diners and the Wawas in the northeast.

What’s your favorite local restaurants?

Chris: Im a big sushi fanatic. There’s a place in Philly called Hikaru that is top notch.

Seth: Luckys Chinese in West Philly. We’re up all night to get Luckys.

What’s your go-to hangover food?

Seth: Greasy diner food and crappy diner coffee always make me feel better.

Chris: Anything deep fried.

What food would you imagine Literature’s music being paired with?

Seth: I think literature pairs well with pizza and soda, which go great together.

Chris: Literature is like a fine wine. I’ve never had it and I don’t know what it tastes like. But I like it ;).

Do people still slip on banana peels? (please note question submitted by the band):

Seth: yes. They will make you do a banana split.


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