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The Delta Spirit Alters Course, Slightly, With New Album

of the Oakland Press

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San Diego indie rockers the Delta Spirit wanted to take “a slightly different route” in making their third album, “History From Below,” according to bassist Jon Jameson.

Instead of making a record, the quintet wanted to make an album.

“The first two albums were recorded mostly live (in the studio) and captured how we sound live very well,” says Jameson, 26, who co-founded the group in 2005. “For (‘History From Below’) we took more time on tones and worked more or less in a real studio and worked on the dynamics a little bit more.

“So in that sense it’s a different direction. But other than that, we just wrote a bunch of songs.”

That “real” studio was Prairie Sun in California’s Sonoma County, a converted barn quite different from the borrowed cabin the Delta Spirit used for its first album.

“It was just a big, open space,” Jameson says, “and they have amazing gear — lots of fancy stuff and good microphones and things like that. I guess it’s kind of a compromise; we went kind of halfway in terms of what we felt comfortable with, but we were able to get better tones and different kinds of sounds, so it sounds like more of a ‘produced’ album — which we’re more OK with now than we were before.”

The Delta Spirit and Ezra Furman & the Harpoons perform Friday, June 25, at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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