[LIVE REVIEW] Delta Spirit @ SXSW 2013
DELTA SPIRIT | MARCH 12, 2013 | CEDAR STREET COURTYARD | AUSTIN
SXSW Day One: I was riding solo and waiting for my friends to arrive in Austin. Feeling brave and ambitious, I rode with it and was not about to compensate my first evening of music simple because I was alone. I found myself at Cedar Street Courtyard chatting to new friends and members of the band, New Sweden with yet again, a Lonestar in hand; life as a loner was going well thus far.
Delta Spirit lyricist, Matt Vasquez took the stage with electronic cigarette in mouth whilst line-checking. The line-check turned into an intimate performance in itself [note: this is key to the story]. Vasquez was cracking jokes with the audience while the sound engineer repeatedly failed to turn the mics on. The awkward 30-min delay was avoided by Matt's banter.
Finally, we have sound! Delta Spirit started set with signature raspy vox and loud instrumentation on "Empty House." The audience was already engaged and singing along. They played a mixture of tracks from 'Ode to Sunshine,' 'History From Below' & their latest self-titled album. Vasquez's energetic & chaotic demeanor always proves for an entertaining performance - this night was no exception [just wait].
As their allotted time was up, the stage manager did none other than pull the plug. You heard right, roughly 30-mins into their set and the sound was killed. Matt turned this disaster into an opportunity-one which involved climbing, rafters, gymnastics and stage diving: when life gives you lemons...hell, make a memorable performance out of it. Backed by the audience and chased by security, he persisted to sing and climb up the 50 foot rafter - simultaneously (damn, he is a gifted man).
Sound issues and engineer-incompetence aside, Delta Spirit succeeded to make this show one to remember.