Twenty Top 5s with Nao Demand


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today’s Twenty Top 5s participant is Nao Demand. Nao plays guitar in Philly’s craziest metal band, Zorn, fronts his own punk band Alien Birth, and plays in various other projects in Philadelphia. Nao is one of the most talented, versatile musicians I’ve ever met. He’s an excellent guitarist, drummer, and vocalist, capable of thriving in multiple different genres.



Nao and I have been friends since high school, and he’s been a tremendous influence on my songwriting and playing since then. It’s funny to see the same dude who introduced me to Modest Mouse and Interpol become a shredder in a thrashy, leather-clad metal band. Welcome to Nao’s weird brain!


Bands/musicians when you were in high school

The Locust

Jay Reatard

Interpol

Modest Mouse

Lightning Bolt


Songwriting influences

Replacements

Dead Kennedys

Ramones

Metallica

Jay Reatard


Instrument influences

Bandmates

Gary Holt

Randy Rhoads

Metallica

Brian Chippendale


Karaoke songs

Love My Way- Psychedelic Furs

Anything by All American Rejects

The Waiting- Tom Petty

Shake It- Metro Station

Welcome to the Jungle- GNR


Junk foods

Takis

Salt & Vinegar Chips

Oranges

Tortilla Chips

Cheese


Places to eat in your city 

Nan Zhou Noodle House

Ocean Harbor

Ken’s Seafood

University City Mini Mart

Saad’s


Movies

Judge Dredd

Opera

Robocop

Mad Max Thunderdome

How High


Role models

People without jobs

West Philly carrot cake guy

People who sell junk at flea markets

My mom

My grandma


Zorn songs

Yellow Sign

Old Belial

Right Out Of Reach

Fall To Pray

Intergalactic Queen


Musical artists in your city 

Positronix

Soul Glo

Devil Master

Freaks

TVO


Productive ways to pass time during corona

Play Guitar

Play Guitar

Play Guitar

Play Guitar

Play Guitar


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

Get drunk

Eat too much

Fuck up your sleep schedule

Too much computer

Too much phone


Songs right now 

Arise- Sepultura

Extreme Aggression- Kreator

Frou Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires- Cocteau Twins

Only Tomorrow- MBV

Victims of a Bomb Raid- Anti-Cimex


80s pop jams

Yello- I Love You

Love My Way- Psychedelic Furs

Gates of Steel- DEVO

Suki Suki Daisuki- Jun Togawa

Just Like Heaven- The Cure


Venues you’ve played 

Cousin Danny’s

FU Church

Everybody Hits

Every shitty house

Now That’s Class


Albums that changed your life 

Rocket to Russia- Ramones

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables- Dead Kennedys

Blood Visions- Jay Reatard

New Erections- The Locust

Black Sabbath- S/T


Pizza toppings

Peperoni

Mushrooms

Hot Sauce

Onions

Olives


Cities you’ve visited

Kyoto

Chicago

Minneapolis

Richmond

Cleveland


Condiments

Hot Sauce

Ranch

Mustard

Mayo

Hot Sauce


Fictional characters 

Aragorn

Kurt Russell

Robocop

Master Blaster

All Pokemon



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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