We all know that sophomore records can be tricky. Especially for young bands who’ve tasted even a little bit of success, expectations grow quickly and often the results don't match. For the San Diego based band Delta Spirit, their new record History From Below bucks that trend and responds with an intensely intimate, powerful batch of songs.
Delta Spirit's Ode To Sunshine has more in common with like rock traditionalists such as The Hold Steady than your typical "we-heard-it-first-'cause-we're-cool" shooting star band that the almighty music blogosphere seems to love then leave with alarming frequency these days. There's something timeless and soulful happening here, something with some staying power.
Formed in San Diego in 2005, Delta Spirit have been
gaining recognition for their impressive blend of soul,
folk, blues, and Americana. This five-piece unit has
also been praised for their unconventional choice in
instruments, such as trashcans and orchestral bass
drums, coupled with their spiritually-themed lyrics
courtesy of vocalist Matt Vasquez.
Like a true rock and roll fable, Delta Spirit formed when singer/songwriter Matt Vasquez was discovered by his bandmates busking at a San Diego light-rail station late into the night. Apparently they liked what they heard, because after exchanging contact information, Delta Spirit was quickly formed. Now, five years later, Delta Spirit has just released their second album, 2010’s “History From Below,” and have toured with the likes of Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Cold War Kids. Perhaps the greatest testament of all to their budding mainstream appeal, the band has gone on to play on the show Late Night with (then-host) Conan O’Brian and Last Call with Carson Daly.
On their follow up to 2008’s “Ode to Sunshine” Delta Spirit continue to craft their unique brand of barroom rock and roll, complete with soulful singing, jingling pianos, thumping drums, and rough acoustic guitars. Yet, probably what stands out above all on “History From Below” is the expressive, affecting songwriting the band displays. Vasquez shows a keen ability to draw out the emotion in a song, and draw the listener into his band’s frantic, moving world. Brimming with whiskey-soaked enthusiasm and inspired wordplay, Delta Spirit have created one of the most poignant, memorable albums in some time.
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Recent Release: History From Below
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Label: Rounder Records
Origin: San Diego, California
The sunny indie pop-folk duo between actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and popular guitarist/songwriter M.Ward seemed like an
unlikely pairing at first, but after the duo met on a film set to record a Richard and Linda Thompson cover, they instantly
bonded through music. Prior to the start of She & Him, Deschanel had been working on various demo recordings but was too shy to
step into the spotlight. But upon hearing her work, M.Ward decided to play guitar and focus on production while Deschanel
turned to the piano, banjo and vocals. The result was their debut album "Volume One" (2008), a shimmering '60s inspired
classic folk album that was as humble as their name. Immediately following the album's release, they began touring at
various festivals around the country including Noise Pop and SXSW. As their sound graced more and more crowds, the duo
found their introspective and bright tunes making their way to the top of the charts. Volume One was named Paste's Album of
Realizing the success of their work as well as their undeniable musical chemistry, the two went back to the studio to record and produce another batch of uplifting songs. With help from engineer, bassist and vocalist Mike Coykendall, the duo's sophomore album "Volume Two" was released to an enthusiastic and ever-growing fan base. The album still captures that dreamy, bright and hopeful energy of their first, but with its richer harmonies and lushly layered arrangments, "Volume Two" is more emotional and confident than what they've done before.
Free At Noon Setlist
1. Brand New Shoes
2. Change Is Hard
3. Thought I Saw Your Face
4. Lingering Still
5. Over It Over Again
6. Don’t Look Back
Hello all, we are playing tonight at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia and at Nateva Fest in Maine tomorrow. Then we play in New York on the 4th and 6th of July. Check http://www.sheandhim.com for info.
Best, She & Him.
Recent Release: Volume Two
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Label: Merge Records / Double Six (Domino)
Origin: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Based in San Diego, the Delta Spirit have made their musical home somewhere between indie-rock and alt-country, with a foundation built on battle-cry vocals and unconventional instrumentation, even including trash can lids.