Entries tagged with: Delorean
Delorean @ MHOW 1/24/2014
Spanish synth-pop four piece Delorean made their way back to New York on Friday (1/24) after having to cancel their previously-announced tour last fall, due to the band falling prey to a "virtual kidnapping." Despite the city being slowly blanketed by a sticky snowfall, a sold-out crowd slowly filled up Music Hall of Williamsburg to welcome the band back.
Though the room was only half-full when opener Mas Ysa situated himself behind a table of carefully balanced electronics, there was a palpable excitement in the air. The solo project of producer and former 285 Kent resident Thomas Arsenault, Mas Ysa can be viewed as a study in limitations -- he performs with the exact rig he uses for recording, choosing to let a minimal sound palette guide his path. Throughout his set, Arsenault explored the depths of each of his chosen timbres fully -- juxtaposing pounding 909 kicks, riotous tom fills, and ethereal choir pads with his own stinging vocals while pouncing around the stage with mic in hand or hunched over his mixer, mouth agape in concentration. It was easy to imagine him in his bedroom, unraveling these complex and embattered songs with no thought of the outside world -- much less the music industry -- and that singular focus sold Mas Ysa's solo performance, no easy task in front of an anxious crowd waiting to be swept away by the multihued ebullience of Delorean.
Luckily they didn't have to wait long, as the True Panther-signed band took the stage after a short break and immediately launched into their own interpretation of fellow Spaniard John Talabot's remix of "Seasun." Delorean has clearly mastered the art of careful, measured builds, as each member weaved his own strand of sound into an arpeggiated quilt that leaped into every corner of Music Hall. Drawing from last year's Apar, much of the set featured tracks that relied on consistently 4/4, disco-inspired rhythms, though the more energetic songs they did bring back from their idiosyncratic 2010 debut Subiza drew shouts of indelible excitement.
More pictures from Friday's Delorean / Mas Ysa show are below, as well as the rest of Delorean's tour dates.
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
Delorean at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Spanish synth pop band Delorean recently faced an unfortunate "virtual kidnapping" and have since needed to postpone some tour dates, including their NYC show which would have happened on October 23 at Webster Hall. They
haven't announced the fully rescheduled tour yet, but they did announce that the new NYC date will happen on January 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the new show go on sale today (10/16) at noon and all tickets purchased for the Webster Hall show will be honored.
UPDATE: All rescheduled dates have been announced, and they're listed below.
Watch a recent music video below...
Delorean @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You may have read that Spanish dance troupe Delorean were recent victims of "virtual kidnapping" in Mexico City, where they were held captive for 30 hours and subjected to psychological torture. The band hare since released a statement on the whole ordeal:
On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a security threat at the hotel.We're glad to hear that Delorean were lucky to escape such a horrible thing. Perhaps it's no surprise that the band would maybe want to take some time off to be with their friends and families, instead of mounting a North American tour which was supposed to have started October 9. While there has been no official announcement, dates up through October 14 have already been canceled and it was just announced that the NYC date -- 10/23 at Webster Hall -- has been canceled with the follow short statement:
What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza, Interpol and the Federal Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning.
While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall victim in the future.
This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our lives.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Delorean concert scheduled for October 23 has been postponed. A rescheduled date is being arranged and will be announced as soon as possible. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled show, refunds are available at the point of purchase.Says their label, True Panther, "We'll have comments on the upcoming tour dates when the dust settles a bit."
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Deerhunter @ MHOW - 9/17/13
Deerhunter have been on the road for a few months this year, and this week they came to NYC for three sold-out shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17) followed by two nights at Webster Hall (9/18 & 9/19). When they were last in NYC -- for Governors Ball in June -- they focused their set mainly on this year's Monomania, but for this three-night run they mixed things up well, hitting many favorites from their last four full lengths, and some cuts from the EPs too. We've got a set of pictures from the MHOW show, and the setlists and videos from all three, in this post.
I caught the second Webster Hall show, and it had all the elements you'd expect from a Deerhunter show (killer light show, noise freakouts, and a Bradford Cox speech), but still found ways to take you by surprise. Like supernatural live bands Sonic Youth or Swans, Deerhunter have a way of bringing new life to a song every time, and never really try to replicate the version on their record. Last night, live staple "Don't Cry" was the maybe heaviest I've seen it yet. The sensory overload at the end of "Monomania" was thrilling as ever, but the way it faded into "Twilight at Carbon Lake" was possibly the most satisfying moment of the night. Those masterful transitions -- another being when they worked in the glammy rocker "Neon Junkyard" after the noisy, atmospheric build of "Octet" -- is what keeps them interesting and unpredictable each time.
The MHOW show was opened by Mas Ysa (who also opens for Delorean at Webster Hall and just released a new song that you can stream below) and Lonnie Holley (more on him here). Both Webster Hall shows were opened by Crystal Stilts (who play NYC again on Halloween), and the first night also featured Sleepy Doug Shaw, while the second had Blues Control. After the final show, Bradford Cox headed to Glasslands to DJ the afterparty. Did you check that out? How was it?
More pictures from MHOW, and the setlists and videos, below...
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
Delorean @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We mentioned that Delorean is playing Webster Hall, House of Vans, FYF Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and some other dates, but since we last spoke an entire tour was announced. Check out all dates, which they'll be playing in support of Apar (out 9/10 via True Panther), below...
Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
Barcelona synth pop band Delorean had been popping up a few times earlier this year, after we hadn't heard much from them in a while. They've since announced that they'll release a new album, Apar, on September 10 via True Panther. It's the followup to 2010's breakthrough, Subiza. You can stream the lead single, "Spirit," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Now they've announced another NYC show happening a few days before they play Asheville's Mountain Oasis at Webster Hall on October 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/10) at noon.
All dates, including the just-announced Fun Fun Fun Fest, are listed, along with the song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.
Full lineup and flyer below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
Delorean at BV SXSW 2013 party (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
We thought it was weird that Delorean were coming all the way to Philly without stopping in NYC so we're pleased to learn that one day before the Philly show they'll be stopping in Brooklyn for a show at 285 Kent on April 11. The Philly show is with Autre Ne Veut, Doldrums and Jacques Greene, but for the NYC show Delorean will play with Mas Ysa, Van Rivers, and True Panther Sound System. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Kevin Figueroa
Autre Ne Veut @ BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013
"It was 85 degrees [Saturday] afternoon with the sun beating down hard on the pavement at Old Emo's. So the crowd at the Brooklyn Vegan day party instinctively packed into the shady spots by the stage for Autre Ne Veut's set. Arthur Ashin laid out a series of songs from Anxiety and, despite the punishing weather, put on a solid show." [Pitchfork]Delorean (Wednesday), Autre Ne Veut (Saturday), and Doldrums (Saturday) all played solid sets at BrooklynVegan day parties at SXSW this year, but sadly, at the moment only one of them has NYC shows announced. That would be Doldrums whose tour dates bring them to Mercury Lounge in May, and even sooner to 285 Kent in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 13 which is one day after they share a bill in Philly with Delorean and Autre Ne Veut. That right there is a reason to be in Pennsylvania on April 12. Tickets for the $12 Making Time show at Voyeur are still available (and Jacques Greene is on the bill too).
More tour dates and pictures from BV-SXSW, below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder, words by Andrew Sacher
Delorean / Savages
We kicked off our free BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties yesterday (3/13) in Austin at the Main & The Jr (aka the old Emo's location, aka 603 Red River St) with sets from Delorean, Robyn Hitchock, Savages, Camper Van Beethoven, Caveman, Braids, Maserati, Caitlin Rose, Anamanaguchi, Indians, Marnie Stern, Team Spirit, Torres, and Deep Sea Diver. Pictures from the party are in this post, and more are on the way soon.
The biggest surprise for me personally was Torres (aka Mackenzie Scott), whose self titled debut is great, but she really takes it to another level live. Her band is super tight, loud, and confident (her guitarist has some rock star moves) and Mackenzie has some serious pipes that she doesn't even fully reveal on the album. It was a much heavier show than I expected, and if you can catch her at one of her other upcoming SXSW shows, highly recommended.
Torres was followed by other great sets on the outdoor stage (Glasslands Stage), like the noisy math rock of Marnie Stern (who played a lot of her great new album), the danceable video game punk of Anamanaguchi, and a set from post-rockers Maserati, who along with Caveman, cooled things down for a bit. But that cooling down didn't last long, because once Savages took the stage, they were possibly even more intense than CMJ. They played some new stuff that they didn't have back then, and once that album finally drops, I've got pretty high hopes for it. Finally, Delorean wrapped up the outdoor stage with a dancey set. It was nice to end the day with some familiar tunes like "Real Love." Then Maserati came out and joined Delorean for a cover over Gary Numan's "Cars." Not really.
Meanwhile, indoors Deep Sea Diver kicked things off around the same time as Torres outside and they were followed by the fun-rock of Team Spirit, Copenhagen's Indians (who were a 3-piece and were better that way than when I saw him solo), a rousing country set from Caitlin Rose, the new electronic sound of Braids (which we also heard at CMJ), and the show ended with sets from two musical veterans: Camper Van Beethoven and Robyn Hitchcock. Robyn was great and he is especially funny on stage with his in-between song banter. He referred to the overheard sounds of Delorean from the other room as the sounds of devils, and "if they had been heard 200 years earlier, marches of men would have been sent to destroy these fiends," (or something like that).
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, WILLCALL, Mirrored Media, and Redigi.
Our day parties continue today (3/14) with sets from Cloud Nothings, Parenthetical Girls, Death, METZ, Milk Music, Beach Fossils, Widowspeak, and more.
More pictures from yesterday's party below...
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
follow @BVSXSW on Twitter. here's another BVSXSW lineup announcement...
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
by Andrew Sacher
Barcelona's John Talabot, who was supposed to play a FIXED show at LPR in March, unfortunately had to cancel the show due to visa issues. Now he's planning a trip to North America once again to DJ a FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on August 4. Tickets are on sale now. Hopefully he makes it over this time.
John's album, ƒIN, was released earlier this year and features guest vocals from Delorean's Ekhl Lopetegi. Here's what I said about it after its release:
The album is largely made up of impressive instrumentals, but its most memorable moments do come from the songs with lead vocals, like "Destiny," which features contributions from Pional, who has releases on the label Hivern, which Talabot runs. "Destiny" is a low-range indie pop song which covers similar ground to recent work by Matthew Dear and Nicolas Jaar. Pional also appears on the album's closing track, "So Will Be Now," which is fronted by more ghostly pitch-shifted vocals, but they're brought far closer to the forefront than the reverb-coated clips that come in earlier on the album.All dates and some song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Barcelona producer John Talabot released ƒIN, his first album released under that name, this week via Permanent Vacation. It's easy to want to compare the album to fellow Barcelonians Delorean, whose singer Ekhi Lopetegi provides lead vocals on the track "Journeys," and those comparisons definitely have some accuracy to them. Both Talabot and Delorean go for polyrhythmic house music, but while Delorean pulls from tropical disco, John Talabot's sound is much darker and subdued. The album opener, "Depak Ine," uses a similar vocal clip to Delorean's "Real Love," but when placed upon Talabot's stark backdrop, it comes off sounding most like the ghostly vocal samples in witch house.
The album is largely made up of impressive instrumentals, but its most memorable moments do come from the songs with lead vocals, like "Destiny," which features contributions from Pional, who has releases on the label Hivern, which Talabot runs. "Destiny" is a low-range indie pop song which covers similar ground to recent work by Matthew Dear and Nicolas Jaar. Pional also appears on the album's closing track, "So Will Be Now," which is fronted by more ghostly pitch-shifted vocals, but they're brought far closer to the forefront than the reverb-coated clips that come in earlier on the album. You can stream both of the Pional-featuring songs below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.
John Talabot's got a few upcoming shows including a FIXED show in NYC with Permanent Vacation labelmate Tensnake happening on March 18 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. UPDATE: John Talabot cancelled.
All dates, streams, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Delorean @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's probably not appropriate to mention on Earth Day that the New York Auto Show starts today and runs through May 1st. It probably is appropriate that a band named "Delorean" is playing an event related to the Auto Show, though maybe it's weird that "Delorean" is playing for "Fiat," or at least that's the rumored artist to be playing the "FIAT Gallery" at 18 Wooster in SoHo tonight, one of many events happening at the space through May 1st (RSVP is required).
Delorean is in town because they played a headlining sold out show with The Step Kids at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/21). If you were there, maybe you got a pair of the 3-D glasses that Pitchfork was giving out:
Delorean fans @ Brooklyn Bowl
The glasses were to promote Pitchfork's new 3-D video site which now includes a Deerhunter video, and which they previewed on the Brooklyn Bowl video screens at the show.
photos by David Andrako
"While it was kind of a running joke that the gnarled dance-punk band was one of the biggest reunions at this year's Coachella (Death From Above 2005 jokes abounded), the band reasserted what made them such a strange and compelling commodity in the first place.Death From Above 1979's performance on Sunday was the second time the reunited band graced a public stage since announcing their return. The first was a semi-surprise appearance at this year's SXSW at March that got much more attention than anyone even anticipated due to a bit of violence that made the late night news. In May the band does it again at Sasquach.
Lacerating bass, Grainger's falsetto wails and a relentless rhythmic urgency both hearkened back to the mid-'00 dance punk craze, yet reminded the audience that their palpable violence set them apart from their more trend-minded peers.
"Romantic Rights" and "Blood on Our Hands" rode slithery, distortion-tangled bass lines over the kind of four-on-the-floor that bassist Jesse F. Keeler would explore more thoroughly in his disco aegis MSTRKRFT.The audience seemed simultaneously enthralled and a bit confused."
Coachella 2011 concluded on Sunday with a big headlining set by Kanye West. I already posted some pictures from that one, but a more proper set is also in this post which also includes our full set of pictures from the California festival's final day (day one pics HERE, day two HERE).
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who played Friday night with Gayngs, made two guest appearances on Sunday, first with the National earlier in the day and then with Kanye West during one of the most high profile sets of the weekend.
The other big set of Sunday was by the Strokes who weren't afraid to play the hits. Their full setlist is below.
PJ Harvey (who arrives in NYC this week) played her headlining set on the "Outdoor Theatre." It overlapped with both The Strokes and Kanye...
"Backed by a nimble three piece band, Harvey, with the Strokes audible from the nearby main stage during the silences between songs, delivered the most emotionally intense performance I witnessed at this year's Coachella, singing songs of violence, war, love and lust (mostly from her harrowing new Let England Shake), before a crowd of rabid supporters...." [SPIN]a rabid supporter... (this pic not by David Andrako)...
More pictures from Sunday, below...
Delorean will return to the States for a few big-city shows around their April 17th appearance at Coachella. For NYC, that means April 21st at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale at noon. All dates are listed below.
Delorean (the Spanish dance band) should not be confused with Dolorean (spelled with an "o" instead of an "e") aka Portland's Al James. Al just released "The Unfazed" via Partisan Records last week...
"The Portland country-rock band Dolorean perfected its soft-focus sound over its first three albums, serving up song after song of loping rhythms, brushed drums, hushed guitars, rippling piano, and the whispery regret of singer-songwriter Al James. Dolorean's fourth LP, The Unfazed, doesn't vary the band's pitch, but it does put a little more zip on it. Opening with the nimble "Thinskinned"--with its line about hopping into a tanked-up car and hitting the road with an argumentative partner--The Unfazed expresses how wide-open vistas can be spoiled by "one burr under the saddle," and it does so through music that blends the dreamy psychedelia of Pink Floyd with the yearning balladry of Gene Clark."You can listen to a song over at NPR, and watch a live video below.
Dolorean also have a tour scheduled - a much larger one than Delorean though it includes no NYC dates. It does however include SXSW and a west coast run with Castanets (who currently call Portland home) and Holy Sons (also from Portland, also signed to Partisan). All dates for both spellings of the bands that share a name with the car from Back to the Future, below...
photos by Diana Wong, words by Jared Levy
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, last summer feels more and more like a distant memory. So, how can a collection of bands whose music felt topical a few months ago sustain interest in the late fall and winter? In the service of answering this question and building on their success this year, the Spanish Balearic band Delorean, along with True Panther label mates Lemonade and Chicago indie-rockers Light Pollution, added a stop at the Bowery Ballroom, the perfect NYC venue to gauge their current appeal. And, judging by the near capacity crowd gathered as Delorean eased into their set, either New Yorkers cannot let go of breezy pop or these bands offer an infectious sound irrespective of season.
Speaking to the latter, the Brooklyn band Lemonade opened in a style befitting the night. With drums, bass, and electronics, the trio focused on explosive rhythms and playful samples of four-on-the-floor style dance music. In support, members of Delorean stood on the side, dancing and, in the case of one member of Delorean, wearing a sharpie penned Lemonade fan t-shirt. These bands are kindred spirits of sorts and their mutual support lent a familial feel to the show.
Following Lemonade, Delorean issued a quick sound check as the crowd packed in. Once on the stage, guitarist and sampler artist Guillermo Astrain triggered an ambient loop, presumably easing the audience into Subiza stand-out "Stay Close." This loop, however played far longer than expected, and after an apology for the uncertain glitch, the familiar vocal sample kicked in, sign posting the larger than expected opening song. Immediately the band embraced the energy of the room, with keyboardist Unai Lazcano shifting and jostling his set-up to the rhythm and drummer Igor Escudeo switching in and out of double time.
Where Subiza can feel a bit hollow, tracks such as "Real Love" sounded richer from lead singer and bassist Ekhi Lopetegi's melodic accompaniment. At times Lopetegi's voice got swallowed in the mix, highlighting the group's frustrating tendency to indecipherably blend song parts and sounds together, but Escudeo's precise drumming kept the crowd and band perpetually engaged. Also, between songs, an airhorn blast, reminiscent of being at a European football match, cut through the silence, another reminder of the band's foreign culture and approach.
Regardless of the temperature or one's temperament, Delorean makes effective dance pop. The crowd ecstatically clapped, jumped, and grinded throughout the show, displaying if for nothing else that Delorean creates music that moves bodies. But, beyond the revelry, Delorean taps into a sound that produces moments, rather than having context dictate its appropriateness. And, when judging the merits of a band, longevity beyond a limited seasonal window surely speaks to strong song writing and staying power.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Tim's complete set of pictures from FFF Fest Saturday are split into two posts: HERE and HERE. A third set, that I took with far inferior skills and camera, but that fills in some blanks and includes stuff like a dude being thrown into a pool filled with thumbtacks, a member of Gwar storming the stage during Municipal Waste's set, and people waiting in line to get Wavves' autograph, continues below...