From humble alt-country beginnings, San Diego’s Delta Spirit have spent the better part of the last decade evolving into one of the most promising bands in indie rock. They’ve released three stellar albums, formed supergroups with Deer Tick and Dawes, and proven time and time again that they’ve got enough ambition and powerful songwriting chops to make Bono blush. Right now they’ve got a big tour and a new record on the horizon, with a stop at LouFest just around the corner.
Things really took off for Delta Spirit when they went went above and beyond everyone else’s definition of “Americana” for their self-titled 2012 LP. Combining their tight harmonies with the indie rock bombast of The National and Local Natives, the album made everyone take notice. Having a song like “California” as the first single certainly didn’t hurt. It was so great, even AbsolutePunk said the very un-punk song “represents Delta Spirit at their very best.”
Earlier this year, they announced their highly-anticipated fourth album, Into the Wide. Due out on September 9, it was recorded in a “flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room” in Brooklyn with producer Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective). The band says it’s their moodiest album yet and that the new songs really capture the dark, claustrophobic of their makeshift basement studio. They gave us all a preview with “From Now On,” a powerful, arena-sized anthem that’s going to sound great blasting across Forest Park this fall.
Into The Wide is still a few months away, but Delta Spirit has already released a ton of great music to keep your ears happy until then. Their self-titled 2012 LP is a great place to start, with gems like “Empty House” and “California” that combine their folky roots with downright explosive choruses. But if you’re still itching to hear some of that new material before the album drops, what better place than their Saturday evening set on the Shade Stage? Add them to your schedule today!