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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas; with Dreamers

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Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00 PM - Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 1:30 AM (PDT)

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas; with Dreamers

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JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS

Jessica Hernandez: vocals, guitar, keys, percussion

Michael Krygier: guitar, vocals * Steve Lehane; bass, vocals * Taylor Pierson: keys, accordion, vocals * John Raleeh: trombone * Stephen Stetson: drums

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have arrived at last with their long awaited Instant Records debut, SECRET EVIL. The album sees the Detroit-­‐based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock ‘n’ soul energy. Songs like “Caught Up” and the syncopated “No Place Left To Hide” showcase Hernandez’s unstoppable vocals and breath of musical ambition, braiding contemporary pop thrills with an original and unmistakable creative persona all her own. Dizzying in its range and ambition, SECRET EVIL is fresh, focused, and surprising, a remarkable debut album from an indescribably compelling new band.

 “We get called a lot of different things from a lot of different people,” Hernandez says. “It’s a combination of stuff that’s really fun and dark and makes you feel a whole range of emotions.”

Born  and  raised  in  Detroit,  Hernandez  headed  off  to  Chicago’s  Columbia  College  at

17 but dropped out two years later in order to devote her ample energy to music. She moved to Kansas City, where, despite having only rudimentary skills, she bought and then taught herself guitar and piano. 

“I picked it up really easily,” she says. “I found that I knew how things should sound,how  to  form  a  chord  just  by  listening  to  the  instrument.  Every  day  I  would  learn  a couple of chords and write another song.”  

Hernandez pushed hard, penning a ream of sensitive singer/songwriter-­‐inspired tunes and educating herself in the art of lo fi recording. She eventually returned to Detroit and in 2009, united the five-­‐man Deltas. Though initially just a provisional arrangement, Hernandez and the powerhouse combo promptly made their bones as a  preternaturally volatile live act, capable of full force raw power, wide-­‐ranging emotion, and inventive, dramatic stagecraft. 

 “I thought it was going to be temporary,” she says, “but it just worked so well. It felt so great having these amazing musicians play songs I’d written in a way I never could’ve done on my own. All of a sudden my sound had a darker, soulful big band vibe. It freed me up to go a lot of different ways. I didn’t need to be stuck doing just the one thing.”

Despite her long-­‐standing commitment to artistic independence, Hernandez signed with Blue Note and then opted to record her debut album with a producer rather than on her own. She met with a number of top studio hands, ultimately choosing to team with GRAMMY® Award-­‐winner Milo Froideval.

 “Milo and I hit it off immediately,” she says, “I felt really comfortable with him, which is the best thing you can ask for when you’re trying to be creative. We have similar personalities, a similar sense of humor. Part of that I think is coming from a Latin background. He felt like family, in a sense.”

In  2012,  Hernandez  and  her  Deltas  headed  down  to  El  Paso’s  renowned Sonic Ranch, located on 2,300 acres of pecan orchards bordering the Rio Grande and Mexico. Froideval indeed proved the ideal collaborator, from enlisting some of Mexico City’s finest mariachi horns to helping Hernandez articulate her myriad musical ideas even after the sessions had wrapped.

“We would hang out, have a couple of beers, and try things,” she says. “Experimenting with different tones to make it a little more unique. It was really open.”

 Alas, the Blue Note deal broke down and the recordings were soon locked in limbo. Set free at last in 2013 by Blue Note President Don Was, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas promptly joined forces with Instant Records, the independent label founded by   legendary   producer,   songwriter   and   record   executive   Richard   Gottehrer (Blondie, The Go-­‐Gos, Dum Dum Girls). Hernandez culled a few choice cuts from the Sonic Ranch sessions, recorded a couple of new tracks live to tape, and released

2013’s acclaimed DEMONS. The EP earned national acclaim, with PopMatters hailing it as “an accomplished document that proves the band deserves all the hype they’ve been garnering.” “(Hernandez is) painting a very big picture,” declared The Huffington Post, “and her memorable voice is only one of the textured colors on a multidimensional palette.”

SECRET EVIL reveals all the many hues in Hernandez’s 120-­‐count  box of crayons. Despite its vintage, the album is in fact so contemporary one would be forgiven for assuming it was recorded two years from now. Songs like “Over” and the rollicking “Sorry  I  Stole  Your  Man”  crank  like  Wanda  Jackson  fronting  The  Seeds  in  an Acapulco dive bar, The Deltas busting out their wicked blend of girl group melodies, driving arrangements, and infectious energy. A self-­‐described storyteller at heart, Hernandez chronicles her personal trials and triumphs throughout SECRET EVIL, all in the hope of touching a truly universal chord. Tender tracks like “Cry Cry Cry” and the album-­‐closing “Lovers First” stand out as snapshots of experiences, intimacies, and moments that matter.

“My favorite songs ended up being the ballads,” Hernandez says. “I feel like I can almost hear myself starting to cry. Maybe that’s something only I will know, because at the time we recorded the vocal performances, the situations I’m singing about

were still so relevant, still so present in my life. It’s amazing to be able to have a point like that in your life captured, even if there were things that you probably wouldn’t want to remember.”

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are now primed and raring to bring their ineffably cool Midwestern rock ‘n’ soul to an overheated venue near you. Having waited patiently to unleash SECRET EVIL, Hernandez is now fully prepared to call the highway her home, at least for the foreseeable future.

“The album is finally being released and I could not be more excited,” she says. “Now it's time to get back in my van with my boys and show everyone why this record means so much to me.”

 

 

 

 

June 2014

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Napa, CA 94559

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00 PM - Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 1:30 AM (PDT)


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2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, Walk the Moon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, GROUPLOVE, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids


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2014: The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, The Fray, LL Cool J, Matt & Kim, Third Eye Blind, Robert Earl Keen, Deerhunter


2013: Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Furthur, Zac Brown Band, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Black Crowes, Jane’s Addiction, Primus

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