When Nashville based rockers The Delta Saints released their 2015 album Bones, fans were excited to hear an American rock band who incorporated elements from a variety of genres including blues, R&B, country, and soul. The album received raving reviews and even earned a prominent placement on the current season of Showtime’s Shameless for the song “Sometimes I Worry.” Now the band is back with a new album, Monte Vista, and a sound that I’m completely obsessed with. Full of raw and true rock n roll elements reminiscent of artists like Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Aerosmith, and Guns N’ Roses, the album showcases the band’s evolution in sound. Though Monte Vista is set for release next Friday, April 28th, today fans can stream the album exclusively here on Paste! Give it a spin in the player above.
When an artist goes a different direction with a new album, the progression needs to be done properly in order for it to work, and The Delta Saints have nailed it. We spoke with frontman Ben Ringel who shared with us the evolution of the band’s sound and the inspiration behind Monte Vista. “I think with this record, we were just ready to make something that was rooted in the sounds that we as individuals were really digging on. We love and listen to a lot of rock, as well as hip-hop and folk. There’s a blend of classic (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Otis Redding) and modern (Radiohead, Tame Impala, The Roots). I really think that we were just so excited to make this record that there wasn’t any room to worry about outside expectations. It was about the sound and vibe that we were all in on, and the freedom that came with not caring about much else.” This creative freedom is what makes Monte Vista so impressive.
From the album comes two of my personal favorite tracks, “Sun God” and “Crows.” Both tracks are so vastly different from each other while still sticking to the rock sound that the entire album has. Ringel explains to us the meaning behind his favorite track on the album, “Spaceman.” He shares, “It’s a song about David Bowie, and I wrote it a few days after he passed away. There was just a weight in the air, especially as someone who dreams of his kind of creativity and vision. It sounds cliche, but the song wrote itself. It was just ready to come out one day, and I tried my best to just keep up and get it all down on paper. Those kinds of songs are somewhat of a unicorn, at least to me.” Another reason that it’s a favorite is for it’s live element. “It’s a ballad of sorts, and is a bit quieter than a lot of our songs, but I think it’s every bit as powerful, if not more so because of that. Personally, it’s just a nice moment in the set to strip everything down for a minute, and over indulge in the storytelling.”
Fans can get a taste of the band’s live performance on their upcoming tour, kicking off next week. The full list of dates can be found below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 28 - Macon, GA @ Music at the Mount @ Mount de Sales Academy
April 29 - Nashville, TN @ Lightning 100’s Spring Block Party @ Marathon Village
May 5 - Cincinnati, OH @ Motr Pub
May 6 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
May 8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
May 11 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
May 16 - Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sallys
May 17 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
May 18 - Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
May 19 - Raleigh, NC @ Pour House Music Hall
And as for that placement on Showtime’s Shameless, we asked the band what track from Monte Vista they would want to have featured in a show or movie. “First off, hearing our song on Shameless was an absolutely absurd experience. I’ve been a huge fan for a long time. As a band, our favorite show is easily Game of Thrones. That being said, I don’t think we have enough Lute of Harpsichord in our music for that, but I’d like to think that there’s something that would have accompanied Joffrey the Bitch King’s death.. Maybe a medieval remix of “Sun God.”” The Delta Saints will be releasing Monte Vista on April 28th.
Monte Vista Track Listing:
2. Sun God
3. Burning Wheels
4. Are You
7. Space Man
8. Young And Crazy
9. In Your Head
10. Two Days
For more information on the album, head on over to https://www.thedeltasaints.com/.
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