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Noodly Goodness with The Sketties

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Apr 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Photo by Joe Ulrich


Photo by Joe Ulrich

Jesse Porter of The Sketties

"It almost sounded like a disease after a while," says Jonny Wechter of local band The Sketties while talking about the origins of their band's name. "Basically I was just eating spaghetti every day, and so I was just like, 'Oh the sketties again...the sketties...the sketties'...You know how you say a word over and over again and it sounds really weird after a while? Well that's sort of what happened with this."


Photo by Joe Ulrich

Ben Hartranft of The Sketties

The Sketties is a three-man band comprised of Wechter (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Ben Hartranft (guitar, vocals, drums) and  Jesse Porter (drums). They've have been together for 6 years, playing shows from Maine to North Carolina and have released four studio albums.


Photo by Joe Ulrich

Jonny Wechter of The Sketties

Stylistically the music is hard to pinpoint, so pointing to some of their influences like Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Neil Young and David Bazan may provide a clue.

Recently they ventured into the world of stop-motion photography which they used in the making of the music video for "When Will You Learn", a song from their latest release "Because We Can":


The Sketties will be playing at the Launch Music Conference and Festival in Lancaster taking place April 25-28 in downtown Lancaster. Launch is a three day event involving discussions and clinics during the day and performances throughout the city at night.

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