We will be playing a free show at The Satellite in Silverlake, CA on January 6th. the is a part of a series of free shows being put on by the Satellite. We will playing with Monte Mar and Light FM
Friday, December 16, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Every now and again an album comes along that completely captivates all six members of the band. Over the summer My Morning Jacket’s “Curcuital” was played on repeat in our car during our entire tour. Not because it was the only cd we had, but because we just couldn’t get enough of it.
Well, the summer has been over for a number of months now, and I have noticed a new album that we are all listening to. Delta Spirit’s “History From Below” This is Delta Spirit’s second full-length record and the album has been out since 2010 (they are actually getting to release a new album). Ever since I saw them play with Dr. Dog after the release of their debut full length “Ode To Sunshine” (which is just as good as “History From Below”), I have followed Delta Spirit and have watched their following grow by the tens of thousands. But, it was only once I heard the single from “History From Below” ‘Bushwick Blues’ blaring from our guitar player Tristan’s guitar as he drove past after one rehearsal that I decided that this was the perfect album to write a long overdue WATALT (this is a terrible acronym) piece about.
History From Below is a perfect example of what happens when a band closes the door to the outside world and just focuses in on creating great music. To record the album Delta Spirit traveled to Cotati, California (about an hour north of San Francisco) where they nestled down in a farmhouse turned recording studio that offered complete separation from external distractions. The result is as close to musical perfection a band can get. The album builds off of the aggressive rhythm section that has driven the band’s sound since its first EP. All the while highlighting Matt Vasquez’s whaling vocals. It is one of those mixtures that when at its finest will send chills down your spine.
A perfect example can be found on the song “White Table”. From its very beginning the song has a momentum that pulls you in. The percussive underbelly of the track is complimented by Matt Vasquez’s voice, which is melodic, and pleasant, but that more often than not sounds like he is shouting into the microphone. The song has a sort of bell curve that starts subdued, grows to a loud peak at the shout chorus, and then comes back down to its original subdued state. All of this takes place without ever losing the underlying four on the floor drumbeat that the song started with. What can I say? I am a fan.
There are many great tracks on the album, each one offering a different face of Delta Spirit. So, take a listen and check them out. You will not be disappointed.
Delta Spirit's Website -http://deltaspirit.net/
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