In a modern rock scene marked by disaffected hipsters calmly navigating the blogosphere and gaining momentum through message boards, Delta Spirit is a breath of smoky, beer-soaked, greasypub-food air. It’s a rock band in the classic sense, and not just because of its foundation in soul and roots music: singer Matt Vasquez is quick to discuss the bond of friendship the musicians share, their love of touring, even the effects of whiskey on his vocal cords. Although Delta Spirit has received its share of hype, the Southern California band is like a pop-music John Henry, racing out ahead of the Internet to win fans the old-fashioned way: one at a time, through live performance.
When Pasatiempo spoke with Vasquez in advance of Delta Spirit’s performance at the Santa Fe Brewing Company on Tuesday, July 20, the band had just wrapped up a set at the famous Cambridge rock club The Middle East the night before. “We went