DELICATE STEVE returns to Boise after a big European Tour in support of his latest Luaka Bop release “Positive Force”. Opening the show will be DANA BUOY from akron/family and a local TBA.
Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm | 21+ | $6 adv, $8 doors
Tickets available at the Record Exchange or online – Buy Tickets
Like a hydro-electric Mothra rising from the ashes of an African village burned to the ground by post-rock minotaurs, the music of Delicate Steve will literally make you the happiest person who has never lived. Discovered firsthand by Luaka Bop A & R man Wills Glasspiegel in the parking lot of a Newton, N.J., strip mall, Delicate Steve was signed to the label before anyone at Luaka Bop heard even a moment of their music — all he needed to experience was a random conversation about what they hoped to achieve as a musical five-piece.
“They were just sitting around in lawn chairs, dressed like 19th century criminals, casually saying the most remarkable things,” recalls Glasspiegel. “It was wild. It was obtuse. One fellow would say, ‘Oh, I like Led Zeppelin III, but it skews a little dumptruck.’ Then another would say, ‘The problem with those early Prince albums is that he spent too much time shopping.’ I really had no idea what they were talking about, but it all somehow made sense. ‘We’ll be a different kind of group,” they said. ‘We will introduce people to themselves. We’ll inoculate them from discourse.’ I was immediately intrigued. I asked them if they wanted to have dinner, so we walked to a Chinese restaurant that was right up the road. I suggested we all get different dishes and share everything family style. They agreed. But then they ordered five identical entrees! So we sat there and ate a mountain of General Tso’s chicken for three straight hours, talking about music and literature and box kites and dystopias. Twenty-four later, they were signed to Luaka and inside a studio.”
Those studio sessions led to Wondervisions, the indescribable 12-track instrumental debut that reconstructs influences as diverse as Yes, Vampire Weekend, The Fall, Ravi Shankur, 10 cc, The Orbital, Jann Hammer, the first half of OK Computer, the second act of The Wizard of Oz, and the final pages of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Originally conceived as a radio-friendly concept album about the early life of D.B. Cooper, de facto Delicate Steve leader Steve Marion decided to tear away the lyrics and move everything in a more experimental direction. “We don’t need the middlebrow to dig our music,” says the soft-spoken Marion. “We write for the fringes — the very, very rich and the very, very poor. That’s the audience we relate to, and that’s who these songs are about.”
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DB is the solo project of Akron/Family’s Dana Janssen. Dana’s new album just came out on Lefse and has garnered praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, KEXP, The Fader, CMJ, Paste, etc. Dana has toured with Youth Lagoon, The Gauntlet Hair, Lost in the Trees, etc.
Local act TBA.