Written by: Jeremy Carie
Photography by: Tony Vasquez of Vasquez Photography
Photo Gallery: Delta Spirit
It was a rainy and chilly Wednesday evening when Delta Spirit and Avid Dancer graced us with their presence at The Vogue in Indianapolis, IN. The smaller crowd gave the show a great intimate feeling, and the opening band filled the air with energy.
First up was Avid Dancer, a three-piece band from Los Angeles, California. With a nice blend of 80s new wave and garage rock, their sound was fresh to our ears. With vocals very reminiscent of Morrissey and enough echo on his guitar to drown the venue, lead singer Jacob Summers nailed it.
Opening the show with All She Ever Wanted, by far the bands best and catchiest tune, they were on from the first strum of the guitar. On tracks like Stop Playing With My Heart and I Wanna See You Dance, the Morrissey-esque vocals really came through. The only thing lacking was that sweet groove a bass player provides, but all in all they were fun to watch and most definitely a band I’d want to catch again if they come back to Indy.
Delta Spirit, hailing from Brooklyn, New York by way of Southern California, was up next. Lead singer and guitarist, Matt Vasquez, expressed his happiness for being back in Indy after they were “rained out” last time. Vasquez’s unique vocals were filled with a raw emotion that captivated the crowd and fed the connection between the band and the audience throughout the evening.
They opened with Patriarch from their latest release ‘Into The Wide’, which set the high spirited tone for the rest of the evening. They played a well balanced mix from their albums. With lead guitarist, William Mclaren tearing through the second song Bushwick Blues and bass player, Jonathan Jameson laying down awesome grooves with an infectious energy, it was obvious that the band was really on top of their game that night.
The current spring tour for their latest release ‘Into The Wide’ still has several stops before they will be appearing at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer. Check out their website http://deltaspirit.net/tour to see if they will be playing near you.
Set list: Patriarch, Bushwick Blues, From Now On, Live On, Parade, Hold My End Up, Into The Wide, People C’mon, Take Shelter, Yamaha, Empty House, Language, Children, White Table Encore: Trashcan, California