x
Artist of the Month
the_deli_magazine

 
deli cover

 

 

September 2015
Lithuania
"Hardcore Friends
"
mp3
Lithuania’s debut full-length album Hardcore Friends via Lame-O Records begins with the mad-dashing punk jolt of “God In Two Persons.” The song quickly gathers momentum as a rush of power chords and percussion develop an instantaneous flow of energy, and Eric Slick’s controlled agitation questions and states, “What is on your mind?/You do it all the time.” “Pieces” pushes a crusty grunge aesthetic, as the spoken lyrics linger, embedding them in one’s mind. “I need something that I can’t hold on to./Please believe I would never do you wrong.” What initially speaks to a fundamental instrumental rawness is balanced by a melodic refinement.
 
Dominic Angelella unlocks the window of vulnerability in “I Wanna Drink Poison.”  A simple percussion and guitar allow his delicate vocals to etch a confession that aches with authenticity. Eventually, the light breeze of instrumentation transforms into a powerful gust, and Angelella laments, “I Don’t See Anybody.” With it’s bare acoustic guitar lead, “Coronation Day” provides an uplifting tonal change - a brief yet well-placed breath of fresh air. “Deaf Gene” begins with a gentle drifting before reaching a high-pressure, uncorked rage -  “…My hands are tired it’s the first time since time…” releasing the frustration until Angelella’s vocals soothe Slick’s aggression giving it a moment to simmer before relinquishing the reins and roaring to its conclusion.   
 
Densely packed drums and guitar quickly rouse one’s senses in “Place Of No Tomorrow,” revving the engine between short yet effective exhibitions of force. Its vocals are exuberant, while still having a disgruntled bite as that universally need for a new scene appears in the chorus reverberates, “God, this part of town is killing me./I need to breathe and see the place of no tomorrow.” Closing with its title track, Hardcore Friends leaves a lasting impression. As Angelella poignantly questions, “If I fall in love with an idea again, if I fall in love, would you make sure that I’m careful with it?” The guest vocals of Frances Quinlan (Hop Along) and Rachel Browne (Field Mouse/Anomie) offer a dynamic sense of earnest support as the album rumbles to a close.
 
A pair of hardcore friends in Eric Slick and Dominic Angelella has sealed its brotherly bond with an album that fuses punk-rock attitude and assertiveness with a resounding melodic pop sensibility. The energy and emotion are palpable. - Michael Colavita

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.


Go to the old Top 300 charts

Cancel

scene blog

chicago

The Walters

The Walters, through Canvasback Music, have release a new single called "Hunk Beach". The track is a breezy, easy going, summer song and further proof that the band's 2014 debut EP, Songs For Dads, was no fluke.

You can catch The Walters at Reggies on July 25th with Dorian Taj, Od Jo, and Bellweather Blues.

|

Stirrup @ The Whistler (Tonight!)

Jazz trio Stirrup celebrates the release of their new album, A Man Can't Ride on One (Whistler Records), tonight at The Whistler. Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, and Charles Rumback recorded this, their sophomore, album live at The Whistler during their residency. Below is a track called "Curry Brush" from A Man Can't Ride on One.

Stirrup is celebrating the release of their sophomore album at The Whistler tonight, June 30th, at 9:30pm.

|

Blood Red Boots @ House of Blues

Blood Red Boots have a new EP called Countless Night ready for release. The EP's lead single is called "21st Century Love" and it is a blend of garage rock pop-metal, and EDM.

Blood Red Boots are celebrating the release of Countless Nights on July 17th at House of Blues. If you preorder you tickets you will receive a copy of the EP at the show for free.

Image by Ryan Ohm

|

Ember Oceans

Ember Oceans released their self-title debut EP this week. Despite being based in Chicago the band has a sun-drench, beach and surf rock sound that is highlighted by their vocal harmonies.

You can catch Ember Oceans at Abbey Pub on 7/8 and at House Cafe in Dekalb on 7/22.

|

The Return of Dastardly

Gabe Liebowitz and Dastardly are back after a three year hiatus with a new album called "The Hollow" which is being released this week. The album is textually deep with well-produced layers of instrumentation. It helps that Liebowitz is studio engineer, but the band has not skipped a beat either. Lyrically and musically there is an underlying subtle. element of dark, glam rock.

Below is the video for the album's title track and first single "The Hollow".

You can help Dastardly celebrate the new album at Lincoln Hall on Friday July 10th with Gold Web and Oshwa.

|

|
|

aom

New Poll Coming Soon!

[sponsored by]


aps
stompbox exhibit


- news for musician and music pros -