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The Interpreters
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Power pop, Alternative rock
Years active 1996-2000
Labels RCA Records
Herschel Gaer (vocals and bass)
Patsy Palldino (vocals and guitar)
Branko Jakominich (vocals and drums)

The Interpreters were a Power pop band formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1996. They were composed of singer/bassist Herschel Gaer, guitarist Patsy (Paul) Palladino and drummer Branko Jakominich. In 1997 they released the EP "In Rememberance[sic] of That Fine, Fine Evening" which was produced by Eric Erlandson the guitarist of Hole. The band released a full length album "Back In The U.S.S.A." on RCA Records in 1998, and performed at that years Reading Festival.[1][2] In 1999 Branko and Patsy left the group forming then The Branko Band. Herschel continued the group and in 2000 performed at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, despite claiming not to be Republicans.[3] This move was criticized and made fun of by Jello Biafra on his album Become the Media.[4]


The Interpreters also had tracks produced by legendary producer Shel Talmy. Their widely derided appearance at the Republican Convention is briefly depicted in the documentary film "The Party is Over" which featured Phillip Seymour Hoffman.


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