photos by James Richards IV, words by Shelby Shaw
Friday's sold-out show at Metro began with San Francisco band WATERS playing a set that can only be (positively) described as a show in your closest friend's living room on a rainy day (where is this weather coming from anyhow, Chicago?). Frontman Van Pierszalowski (formerly of Port O'Brien) led his clean-cut band through catchy songs from Out In The Light, the only album they've released so far.
Delta Spirit came on backed by an assembly of giant, homemade black triangles (deltas) covered in bulbs that lit up the stage behind them. They opened their 14-song set (plus 3-song encore) with "Empty House" which immediately got the packed venue in the right mood. They never introduced songs by name, but many knew the words to every song, and those who didn't found themselves quickly discovering the rhythm. The band held everyone's attention the whole night. The lit-up deltas alternated in luminosity and speed in relation to each song's tempo (although occasionally it seemed like whoever was in charge of lighting may have lost the rhythm for a second).
Frontman Matthew Vasquez, with his rockabilly hair lick, wooed the crowd with his twang and kind words. Before launching into "Tear It Up", complete with Brandon Young drum solo, Matt said he hates only coming to the Windy City twice a year. "This is bullshit! I want to be here all the time!" To score extra points with the already-pleased crowd he added, "And as a rule of thumb you guys are pretty good drunks."
"We haven't played this one in five years," Vasquez said before they played, to the crowd's excitement, "House Built For Two." The energy skyrocketed with the perfect pick-me-up of "Bushwick Blues." They dipped into a little Americana with a harmonica to start "St. Francis", and used a trashcan lid as an alternate drum on, of course, "Trashcan" during the encore.
The band never seemed tired, although it got a little more difficult to understand Vasquez's words by the end, and they never seemed to take the show's supportive audience for granted.
Full setlist and more pictures from Metro below...
Delta Spirit Set List:
1. "Empty House"
2. "White Table"
3. "Strange Vine"
4. "Tear It Up"
7. "Tellin' The Mind"
8. "Time Bomb"
9. "House Built For Two"
10. "Bushwick Blues"
11. "People C'mon"
12. "St. Francis"
15. "Devil Knows You're Dead"