California quintet Delta Spirit has been tearing up the stage and ascending the ranks of rock hierarchy with their abundance of raucous energy and freewheeling rootsy soul. They’ve conquered the festival circuit with slots at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Coachella and Lollapalooza, amid headlining tours around the U.S. and across the Atlantic. Tonight they bring their “spirit” to our stage for their debut on Austin City Limits.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Delta Spirit hit their stride on the indie rock circuit in 2008 with their folk-tinged debut Ode to Sunshine. Described by Spin as “a thrilling ruckus,” the critically-acclaimed album gave the world an ample introduction to the band. 2010’s History From Below, their sophomore release, saw the band moving toward a more expansive sound, while still delivering their familiar roots-rock tendencies. Inspired by the Howard Zinn novel, the album marked a natural progression from their debut and “comes with singalong verses, but leaves with deep and moving sentimentality” [BBC].
The band’s self-titled new album, released in 2012, shies away from the twangy undertones enveloping their previous recordings in favor of a more modern style in both sound and scope. “We found the sound that we’ve been looking for, that we’ve been growing into, and as soon as we hit on it, we ran with it,” vocalist/guitarist Matthew Vasquez said. “Just like novelists want to write the Great American Novel, we wanted to make a Great American Record.” Critics and fans alike have responded favorably to the band’s new dynamic, whose heavier dose of catchy rock ‘n’ roll earned the No. 1 slot on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart.
EPISODE LISTBob Mould/Delta Spirit (Season 38)
- Encore: Bob Mould and Delta Spirit
- The giddy energy of Delta Spirit’s ACL taping debut
- Ticket Giveaway: Delta Spirit 11/2
- Taping announcements: Delta Spirit, Gary Clark, Jr. and Esperanza Spalding