Delorean’s dance-rock makes it to SF with mixed results

Delorean_postPhotos by Pedro Paredes // Written by Kevin Quandt //

Delorean with Until The Ribbon Breaks //
The Independent – San Francisco
February 9th, 2014 //

There is no doubt that the past months have been a trying time for the Spanish dance-rock outfit which goes by the name Delorean. Alas, after a small international hiccup which sidelined their fall appearance in the City, they have arrived with momentum squarely on their side. Last weekend’s rain storm laid off a bit for dedicated fans to brave a blustery Sunday night on Dividisadero at the Independent which also featured fellow international act, Until the Ribbon Breaks. Once the moisture from outside had dried, a decently packed room was ready to send off the past week in grand style.

Welsh act Until the Ribbon Breaks brought a dynamic performance to those who arrived early, as solo artist Pete Lawrie Winfield explored a variety of aural spaces through complex layering of distorted vocal harmonies, dirty synths and even a little trumpet poured on for more depth of sound. This support was received well by those in attendance, and may possibly be a rising star in the music world.


Delorean were finally due to hit the stage after a postponed show from October, and though those extra few months didn’t equate to a sold out room, it did produce a room of mostly avid fans. Once this four-piece assembled, it jumped into the group’s patented dance-leaning indie rock; a well-balanced blend of instrumentation, live vocals and a smattering of pre-recorded samples. From there, the set built nicely as the opening few songs failed to grab the audience as they worked through less familiar material. Unai Lazcano (keyboards) rocked his rig like no other while Ekhi Lopetegi (lead vocals, bass) picked along, laying down large bass notes as opposed to thumping out complex rhythms. Luckily, Igor Escudeo (drums) kept immaculate time, and a few song segues kept dancing feet in motion while the gears shifted to a new terrain.

As the diehard fans ate out of the Spaniard’s hands, others couldn’t help but not be fully pulled in by the songs this group presents. Some are less-than-desirable, while others have the right elements to get crowds moving and critics talking. The vocal department leaves a little to be desired at times. One peculiar element was the increasing use of pre-recorded vocal samples as the show progressed, and I couldn’t help but notice the mix tending to favor these elements over the instruments. “Deli” is when the energy started to peak as the crowd was loosened up for the heavy-hitters that were to close the night. By the time the encore had finished, there were multiple Basque flags being held up proudly by the international crowd as Delorean waved “adios” to us.

Read our interview with Delorean HERE.




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