The local venues continue to get bigger for Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas as the lead-up to their debut album gets closer. According to an article in Real Detroit the album, titled Tarantula Mansion, has been delayed a bit due to typical major label uncertainty. After Blue Note Records was sold as part of a deal to Universal Music, the future of the album was in limbo and Hernandez worked out a deal to gain control of the record with a self release planned for later this year.
Until then, new for sale at the show was an EP, Live At The Magic Bag, featuring three songs from the band's performance last July at the Ferndale venue. Also given to those buying merchandise was a CD single of the track "Caught Up" that will appear on the debut album and has been a part of the band's set for some time now. The band's formerly out of print EP Weird Looking Women In Too Many Clothes has been re-pressed and was also available for sale.
So this night represented another milestone for Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas as they headlined a show at the legendary Saint Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Local music fans turned out in droves to show support as well, as the place was near full. Opening the night was James Linck, who I did not realize until after the show I had seen before when he fronted the band House Phone. Linck's songs drew on everything from hip-hop and soul to 80's pop music and made for a strong opener. Next up were Mexican Knives, a fuzzed out rock four piece led by Zach Weedon on guitar and vocalist Ruth Synowiec. Although Synowiec's vocals can be an acquired taste, the band was incredibly tight and I loved the glorious noise coming from the stage.
The main event was another scintillating performance from Hernandez and The Deltas. Although she had to demand more dancing a few times from the stage early on, the crowd settled into the show and gave back the hometown love I've become accustomed to at this band's shows. The excitement at headlining such a Detroit institution as Saint Andrew's Hall was palpable and the band once again showed why they are leading the pack as the one to see play live in Metro Detroit.
Mainstays like "Neck Tattoo" and "Gone In Two Seconds" were part of the set, as were more recent ballads like "Cry, Cry, Cry" and maybe my favorite Hernandez song right now, "Young Dumb & Drunk" which was beautifully delivered as always. Other more recent tracks that I assume will find their place on Tarantula Mansion including "Over", "Demons" and "Caught Up" were once again highlights. The night closed with the whole place dancing to "Dead Brains" and the encore of "Don't Take My Man To Idaho".
There is truly no high like one after a concert for me. Live music just has no peer and there are few doing it better in Detroit than Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas. Thankfully the wait won't be too long for their next local show as they are scheduled to play the Ferndale portion of this year's Metro Times Blowout in early May, but the band is also heading back on the road for more national dates including stops in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago before their Blowout date. As build-up to the release of Tarantula Mansion grows, do not miss your chance to see Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas if they head to your town. They never fail to deliver an electrifying night of soulful music.