Going to see Delicate Steve last night might be one of the best spur-of-the-moment decisions I have made in regards to live music. I had suspected that their music would be better appreciated live, but I was not expecting to get my socks blown the f*#k off. When describing the band to my plus one prior to the concert, I said, “It’s weird, they are primarily instrumental but it always sounds like someone or something is singing…I think you will dig it.”
The tiny, smoked out venue was more crowded than I had expected, and we found out later through Steve’s announcement that this was the band’s first sold out show – though I highly doubt it will be their last. Delicate Steve is one of the most in-sync bands that I’ve ever seen…they play not only with each other, but off each other rather intuitively. They were rowdy yet patient, playful yet focused and the lighting worked perfectly with the music. There were a lot of eyes closed during this show, because it’s the kind of music you can feel without needing to look. Their set seamlessly flowed, there was never a dull moment and the crowd was hooked. Basically, Delicate Steve killed it.
There was a moment during their encore when they all just stopped playing mid song and froze for what had to be a good minute. The crowd couldn’t handle it, people started begging and pleading for them to stop teasing – was a pretty cool energy to experience.
I must say, Delicate Steve is one of the best bands that I have seen live, and highly recommend checking them out if they pass through your town.