Once in a while a completely unfamiliar opening band can be an incredibly welcome surprise - case in point, Delta Spirit. In March of last year, I went to Mercy Lounge one night to see Cold War Kids and Tokyo Police Club play, and went home wondering why I had never heard of the San Diego band that had kicked off the show. They sounded amazing that night - and seemed to be having an amazing time on stage - so I made a mental note to check out their album if I ever came across it.
And come across it I did. Ode To Sunshine has been an absolute staple on my iPod since I first heard the album, and I was recently thrilled to hear that it will see a re-release on Rounder Records on August 26. That, paired with a tour with Dr. Dog in the fall, means that more people will be introduced to Delta Spirit in the months to come, and I'm pretty sure that as people get to know the band, they will be making their fair share of "best of" lists by the end of this year.
And you get a chance to check out the band tonight - they'll be in Nashville to play a show at The End, a pretty intimate venue for a band I last caught at the cavernous Buffalo Billiards in Austin at SXSW. I'm super excited I'm going to get another chance to see them live, and you should be too. The album may be excellent (and it completely and totally is), but in my opinion the songs are really meant to be heard live.