Tuesday, November 13, 2012

PREVIEW: Delta Spirit, JEFF the Brotherhood, & FIDLAR

Thursday, November 15 at The Pageant

Working at a record store, there’s so much music constantly streaming in that it can be hard to choose what to try out next, and after seeing their name plastered around the shop for the last few months, there was something that initially put me off about Delta Spirit. So I only recently found my way to the band’s self-titled third record, and it turns out it’s really great. At its core, San Diego’s Delta Spirit is a rock band: they have a knack for catchy songs, loud guitars, a pair of rumbling drumsets, and the occasional keyboard crisping the edges. They aren’t just another run-of-the-mill band with forgettable songs: Matthew Vasquez’s soulful voice is the key ingredient in the band, shading from hard rocker to gentle crooner in a matter of a few tracks. Their fuzzed-up Americana is further set apart by the creative application of two-drummer percussion. Sometimes wonderfully simple, as on heartfelt single “California,” the rhythms get much more complex and dynamic on hard-grooving songs like “Otherside,” all banged out with utter precision. Their Pageant set, topping a bill with bong-rattling party-rockers JEFF the Brotherhood and L.A. punks Fidlar, should bring some depth to the night, including some tender songs, a few ironsided sing-alongs, and mostly lots of crazy dancing. 

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