DEEP SLEEP IS A SHOP THAT THROWS PUNK SHOWS IN PHILADELPHIA AND WILL BE CARRYING ACTUAL PAIN THIS FALL. WHEN WE LEARNED THAT THEY NAMED THEIR SHOP AFTER A POISON IDEA SONG, HOSTED A SEX/VID SHOW, AND WANTED TO CARRY OUR BRAND WE WERE LIKE, THANK YOU… HERE IS A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP LEONE OF DEEP SLEEP
AP: When did DEEP SLEEP open it’s doors? What made you want to open this type of boutique?
PHILLIP LEONE: DEEP SLEEP opened on Black Friday of 2006. For years I’ve wanted to run my own business, though i know very little about business, I didn’t care and still don’t care. I apply the DIY ethics I’ve learned from growing up in the Hardcore scene and apply it to my life in every aspect and this shop is no exception. Maybe it will succeed and maybe it will fail. Either way we are having a great time and aren’t compromising our beliefs.
AP: You guys throw punk and heavy shows at the shop, anything good coming up? Also, since you obviously like good music, is there anything you can’t get enough of right now?
PHILLIP LEONE: When I was 19 I used to book shows in my dad’s auto garage (Dillinger Escape Plan still talk about it in interviews). So when I got this building I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was doing it again. We are currently working out shows for the fall with: HUMAN PEOPLE (x-KING GOD), the NEW LOWS, RUINER, and COLD WORLD. We have had the cops called a couple times, but I can talk my way out of anything, and some old ladies threatened to call L&I which would be real bad since they can just shut our doors completely. So we need to be careful and only are booking bands we are super siked on. I just turned 31 years old and I still really only listen to metal, rock and hardcore. TRAPPED UNDER ICE “stay cold” is my favorite hardcore record of the year. I’ve also been listening to: the Mongoloids, Cold World, Jay Reatard, Oasis, Dissection, Obituary, Carcass, Cradle of Filth, 100 Demons, Ceremony, SEX/VID, Fucked Up, Mind Eraser, Integrity, Earth Crisis, Reign Supreme, Night Marchers, Toad Liquor, Zolof the Rock N Roll Destroyer.
AP: What brands do you carry at the moment? Any big plans for 2009?
PHILLIP LEONE: We currently carry: MHI by Maharishi, WeSC, Done to Death, Pegleg NYC, Flying Coffin, Johnny Cupcakes, Wrath Arcane, Hellz Bellz, Married to the Mob, Sugar Cane Jeans, Good Society Jeans, Recon, Call of the Wild. We are picking up: Naked and Famous Jeans, Fred Perry, Actual Pain, Rockett, Fuct and City of Others in the fall. We also sell new and used records but only punk and hardcore bands we like. We live each day as it comes don’t plan out the future like we should, so who the fuck knows what will happen 2009.
LEFT TO RIGHT: PHILLIP LEONE, PAUL BEARER, MIKE
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