Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 8:55-10pm
Loloweeny Stage (Chaplain Ln. & Nuuanu Ave.)
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
Riding high off the critically-acclaimed third and self-titled album that was released earlier this year, Delta Spirit has been playing some of the country’s largest festivals in 2012, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SummerStage. Opening for the likes of Dr. Dog and of Montreal, Delta Spirit’s magnitude has earned the five-man band sold-out headlining shows at historical venues such as New York City’s Webster Hall. Delta Spirit has also recorded multiple times for Daytrotter Sessions — a feat, considering that the studio only records the best of emerging bands.
Delta Spirit first caught fans’ attention with their roots in folk-rock, as heard on the 2008 debut album Ode to Sunshine. The band began to move toward a more modern rock sound with 2010’s History from Below. With the third album, Delta Spirit, lead man Matt Vasquez’s visceral throaty vocals continue to be reminiscent of too much whiskey and an old soul in a young man. And while the Southern California-based band’s current sound maintains some original essence of Delta Spirit, there are now touches of indie rock and electronics, which all bring a contemporary edge to the sound, and a lot more room to move about at live performances.
Of tracks off the new album, Paste magazine music critic Wyndham Wyeth writes, “I fell in love.” The vastness of Delta Spirit’s opening track “Empty House” welcomes you in with a banjo-like rolling of guitars, echoing drums, and of course, Vasquez’s signature voice — open as wide as a canyon and as just as willingly consuming. Other tracks have the drums thumping and guitars sliding. You are at musical church. The stage is the pulpit. The band is possessed by the musical spirit and thrash about. Then there is thoughtful track “Time Bomb,” in which listeners can hear more clearly the poetic lyrical talents of Delta Spirit. As one biography of the band illustrates, “They make you understand that, when it’s all boiled down, what we all ultimately live for is catharsis and a fulfillment of body meeting land, air and sea harmoniously…They sing of the soul searchers…they are the soul searchers.”
For those just jumping onto the Delta Spirit bandwagon — welcome the quieter songs from earlier parts of the band’s evolution, with more harmonica or even experimental instruments such as trashcans. For those well-versed in Delta Spirit’s genre, fans are happy to know that Vazquez is also part of supergroup Middle Brother, alongside lead singers of Deer Tick and Dawes.
Considering Delta Spirit’s popularity and increasing fan base, those at Hallowbaloo will be fortunate to experience such a special band within the intimate streets of Chinatown. Let the Delta Spirit possess you, and you will reach another plane.