Delta Spirit -- review from Paste Magazin:
The Long Beach-based Americana rockers from Delta Spirit got our attention with their trash-can-banger of a debut, Ode to Sunshine. Now, theyâre back with their sophomore effort, History From Below. This new album finds the band doing their distorted garage folk (complete with another fortuitous dose of Matt Vasquezâs sweet, throaty vocals) on tracks like âWhite Table,â and âSt. Francis.â But this time around, theyâve added a dash of arena-rock a la Bono or The Boss with tracks like âBushwick Blues,â and âDevil Knows Youâre Dead.â Both styles suit the band, but theyâre at their best when ripping through their own gritty takes on folk rock. Historyâs top moments include the raw, rousing choral solo mid-way through âRansom Man,â the unedited background noise in âScarecrowâ and the lyrics to âVivian.â
Darker My Love---
Darker My Love is a psychedelic rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of 5 members. Tim Presley, a former member of the band The Nerve Agents and also a visual artist responsible for much of the bandÃ¢ÂÂs imagery, contributes vocals and guitar. Andy Granelli, formerly a member of both The Nerve Agents and The Distillers, plays drums. They are accompanied by Rob Barbato, who plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with Presley, and Jared Ã¢ÂÂThe SandwichÃ¢ÂÂ Everett on rhythm guitar. Will Canzoneri joined the band on organ and clavinet in the latter half of 2006. The groupÃ¢ÂÂs style is often compared to bands such as Can and My Bloody Valentine.
The band has released two EPÃ¢ÂÂs and one LP. Recorded in 2005, their debut LP was released on 22 August 2006 on Dangerbird Records. On 28 August 2007, the band released a 12Ã¢ÂÂ 45 rpm split record with Denver-based rock group Moccasin. Darker My LoveÃ¢ÂÂs contribution is a song called Ã¢ÂÂHair Decisions,Ã¢ÂÂ which was recorded at San FranciscoÃ¢ÂÂs Hyde Street Studios in October 2006. The record was the first release on L.A.-based label IHATEROCKNROLL. In Spring 2006, Presley and Barbato became members of Manchester (U.K.)-based group The Fall, and are both featured prominently on The FallÃ¢ÂÂs 2007 album, Reformation Post TLC. Their sophomore album, entitled 2, was released on 5 August 2008 on Dangerbird Records.
Summer 2010: Andy Granelli has since left the band. Their new drummer is Dan Allaire, who also drums for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their third full length album titled Alive As You Are is due out on August 17.
"The album achieves that difficult balance between cohesion and contour: that is, each song has its own silhouette, but is clearly part of the same landscape...heartfelt and personal-an unfiltered transcript of inner monologues."
Kristina Benson (LA RECORD)
"â¦Shoegaze inflicted folk music, woozy pop balladry, swirling psychedelics, luscious vocal harmonies, and all around incredible song writing. Tracks like "Cold Comfort" combine all of these skills into one sweeping, roaring dreamscape of modern alternative rockâ¦incredibly impressive debutâ¦we should be hearing a lot from these guys in the years to come."
Dan Goldin (EXPLODING IN SOUND)
"I don't know why more people don't know about these guys, Long Beach is something of an untapped wealth of great music that largely, and unfairly, stays within it's own confines. I hope that's not the case for this band, because I was just sent their latest album and it's brilliant."
Nada Alic (FRIENDS WITH BOTH ARMS)
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