After a fun acoustic set from the boys of Delta Spirit at Cactus Music, they headed across town to Warehouse Live to headline a packed room of Houston hipsters and bro’s. They aborted their acoustic instruments of earlier in the day, and dawned their electrified cousins as soon as they made their way to the stage. After a sneak peak at the setlist, I saw that they were starting with one of the many songs I was longing to hear, “People, Turn Around,” so I decided to leave the rest of the set a secret and stopped reading from there. After an abbreviated version of the sing-a-long, Delta Spirit tore into a run of songs alternating between cuts from the new album, including “Bushwick Blues,” “911” and “White Table,” as well as a choice of classic songs like “Strange Vine” and “Streetwalker.” The energy was in abundance during the first half of the set, but didn’t really explode until an off-the-cuff cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” that led into the always fun to hear “Trashcan.” Two of my favorites from the new album, “St. Francis” and “Vivian” followed, and the set ended with the one-two Ode To Sunshine punch of “Children” and “People C’mon.” After a quick encore break, the group returned for what was supposed to be a run through their scorcher, “Crippler King,” but was really a cover of the Isley Brothers “Shout” that found frontman Matt Vasquez joining us in the audience and bringing everyone to their knees – ala the scene from Animal House – before bringing everyone back up for a huge dance party. The show finished with a classic cut, “Gimme Some Motivation” which kept the energy going, and left everyone dripping with sweat after jumping up and down throughout the end.
Even after seeing them six times, they always seem to amaze me with ease. They are a solid young band that has a huge career ahead of them. They write songs that are easy to relate to, yet also fun to dance or sway along to. Vasquez is what you want in a front man, with unbridled energy from start to finish and a personality to match. With his Houston roots, it was a great homecoming for him, and the rest of the band also seemed very comfortable here in the Bayou City. I can’t wait until I get another chance to see Delta Spirit again – I’m guessing by the size of their crowd for this show, that they will definitely be making a return trip to Houston on their next go-around.
I took a bunch of photos from the show, which you can find after the jump.