Delta Spirit Comes to the Fox Theatre, 10/18; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow
97.3 KBCO, Channel 93.3 and Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Delta Spirit with Sacco at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, October 18th, 2014. Tickets are on sale Friday, August 22nd at noon for $15.00 in advance or $17.00 day of show.
The fourth album from San Diego-bred five- piece Delta Spirit, Into the Wide was born in a flood- ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band's new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter). Recorded near an old shipping yard in Atlanta, Into the Wide intimately captures the claustrophobia of Delta Spirit's creative space, turning that tension into a moody meditation on the restlessness of city life, growing older, and longing for escape. With its lyrics largely inspired by the murder ballads of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Into the Wide proves more darkly charged than anything the band's ever offered up before but -- thanks to their command of both indelible melody and sprawling, atmospheric arrangements -- ultimately emerges as Delta Spirit's most gloriously heavy album so far.
For Delta Spirit (vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kelly Winrich, guitarist Will McLaren, bassist Jon Jameson, and drummer Brandon Young), the raw, nervy energy running throughout Into the Wide stems partly from the band's return to the more free- and-easy approach they embraced in making their debut album, 2008's Ode to Sunshine. "On that first record we had no idea what kind of music we were going to make-we just went up to a cabin and pressed record and went for it without any fear," says Young, who sparked the founding of Delta Spirit back in 2005, when he spotted Vasquez busking in the streets of downtown San Diego. So while Into the Wide continues to push forward in exploring new sonic territory (as on 2010's History From Below and the band's self-titled 2012 release), Delta Spirit have also restored a sense of kinetic flow to their communal songwriting process. "When we were writing there were these songs that we really labored over and tried to polish," says McLaren. "But in the end, those songs didn't belong to us. The tracks that make up the album were the ones that happened quickly and naturally and just instantly felt good to us."
Despite that lack of polish, each of the songs on Into the Wide is driven by lavishly textured arrangements and a deeply heady emotionalism. Hazy and hymnlike, "Push It" opens the album by personifying the U.S.A. as a beat-down, reluctantly indestructible woman and musing on the rival forces of decay and idealism that define American life today. From there Into the Wide gives way to the triple-threat of the triumphant, guitar-fueled "From Now On," the frenetic and punch- drunk "Live On" (an ode to surviving bully brutality, inspired by Vasquez's Texas childhood), and the groove-powered yet anthemic "Take Shelter" (Winrich's celebration of being hopelessly lost but still finding your way to the light). The album then leads into "Hold My End Up," a haunting and howling epic that builds to blistering intensity in its lament of "school shootings and movie- theater shootings and that darkness that lives in us and the loneliness of the inner monologue," as Vasquez explains.
Into the Wide sustains that forward-charging momentum as songs journey from Middle America to Georgia to Reseda to the California wilderness, the possibly mythical locale serenaded on its dreamy, gauzy-guitar-laced title track. On the deceptively soaring "Patriarch," Vasquez twists his own past experience with evangelical group The International House of Prayer into a story of a cult-stolen girl who believes that God has called on her to kill herself. ("I've always been fascinated by that whole element of American music," says Vasquez of the song's murder-ballad- esque approach to storytelling, "and I love the idea of trying to carry it into the 21st century and writing songs that have a simple theme but take you on a journey in just three minutes.") The album's second half also features such standouts as "Language of the Dead," a stomping piece of psych-pop that name-checks both Bob Dylan and Robert E. Lee in its send-up of hero worship ("Throw your idols into the sea/Dreamers, get your own dream"). And on "The Wreck," Into the Wide comes to a close with a gorgeously stark piano ballad that's equal parts lovely and aching in Vasquez's tribute to his wife's enduring faith ("They all warned you 'bout me/Don't give your heart to a wreck").