Delta Spirit rolled into Pittsburgh last Tuesday in support of their excellent new album, History From Below. If you havenâ€™t heard these guys before, you’re doing yourself a disservice; the San Diego natives combine folk, Northern soul, and rock and roll into a muscular sound that can hold its own against any band touring today.
With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt and a tireless work ethic, Delta Spirit are primed to break through into the mainstream and become household names. During the show, I couldnâ€™t help but think that these guys could be the next Kings Of Leon. Laugh if you will, but if youâ€™ve heard early Kings Of Leon, the comparison isnâ€™t so far-fetched.
The band opened up with their take on Leadbelly’s “John Henry,” which had lead singer Matt Vasquez screaming into the mic through a fuzz box, distorting his already gravelly voice. The temperature kept rising in the small venue, and the band’s energy seemed to rise with it.
The masterful fifteen-song set was a nice mixture of songs from History From Below and 2008’s Ode To Sunshine. New standouts like â€œBushwick Bluesâ€ and â€œWhite Tableâ€ proved to be highly potent live, and older material such as â€œPeople C’monâ€ and â€œTrash Canâ€ turned the show into a foot-stomping dance party. The band closed the night with a singalong of â€œMotivationâ€ and a heartfelt performance of â€œPeople Turn Around.â€
Delta Spirit are of the most promising and talented young bands out there, and it’s only a matter of time before they achieve rock stardom. I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the next time I get to see them, it’ll be at a much bigger venue with thousands of fans singing along to every word.
Photos of Delta Spirit – November 30, 2010