Don’t let his name fool as Steve Marion is anything but delicate when it comes to his playing and rockin’ arpeggios. With the upcoming release of his full-length album, Wondervisions, Delicate Steve is premiering his video for the single “Butterfly” on NPR this week.
In addition to the album’s release on Luaka Bop Records this week, Delicate Steve has also announced U.S. tour dates with shows kicking off Friday, February 4th at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ. Joining him for various dates on the road will be Akron/Family.
Check out Delicate Steve’s latest video for “Butterfly”.
Don’t let the title of this post fool you, even though it doesn’t give any hint as to what the post is about. Delicate Steve just seem to invite this sort of diction – whether it be their unwaveringly funny PR email with quotes including, “We are as delicate as the wings of butterfly with AIDS. Anything could crush us. And until we all decide that art is the only thing that makes life livable, we’ll just be another instrumental five-piece from New Jersey.” and “I’ll fight anyone, for any reason. I’ll fight a dog for no reason. I’ve seen the inside of juvenile hall. I’ve tasted blood in my mouth. I’ve stepped on throats and I’ve thrown bottles at strangers. But that was all in the past. It’s still part of me, but – now – I use that intensity for good. I want to attack people with music the same way I used to attack them with my fists.” or the reminder they give us that life is more palatable when (metaphorically) take a la mode. Whatever that may mean to you, Delicate Steve fittingly leave almost everything up to interpretation. Being an instrumental band, in a way, you choose your own adventure. Take the video for single, “Wondervisions” featuring Dirty Projectors’ Nat Baldwin as an example.
Delicate Steve take you back to the days when basketball players wore shoes made vintage upon conception that offered no support whatsoever. And with that alone, a non-point has been made: if anything, Delicate Steve wanted to disassociate themselves from an effortlessly applicable “beach vibe” that gets slapped onto this kind of music (see Ducktails) and pit their music against an irrelevant backdrop. The result is you wonder why you’re watching two men play one-on-one while you dig on a fun little jam. And thanks to the power of editing, nobody misses a shot, and you don’t have to either because it’s streaming below. Look for Wondervisions out February 1st on Luaka Bop.
Delicate Steve, the 5-piece instrumental band from Newton, N.J., has released their debut 7″ “Butterfly” this week. The experimental rock group was discovered in the parking lot of a strip mall in NJ and was signed to Luaka Bop before the label “heard even a moment of their music.” Their LP, Wondervisions, will be released on February 1st.
Here’s the single: Delicate Steve – Butterfly by latitude32
12/4/10 Pub on Main Allentown, PA w/Javelin
“Delicate Steve makes music. And in today’s awful world, that’s almost all that matters. Right?” So concludes the wordy, is-it-a-joke press release from this New Jersey-based instrumental outfit comprised of five friends all in their early twenties. Such starry-eyed naivete is precious coming from the likes of band leader and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion who is, after all, delicate. Whether the fact that Mr. Marion and his young cohorts make music is indeed all that matters is yet to be determined, however, but may be soon as the band has released the cover art and track listing from it’s debut LP, Wondervisions, set to be released February 1st on Luaka Bop records.
2 Sugar Splash
3 Source ((CONNECTION))
4 The Ballad of Speck and Pebble
6 Z Expression
8 Source ((CONSTRUCTION)
9 Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants)
10 Source ((BRIDGE))
11 Flyin’ High
You can catch Delicate Steve on their US Tour with Fang Island throughout November:
US Fall 2010 Tour
Fri 11/12/10 Lincoln Hall Chicago IL w/Fang Island
Sat 11/13/10 Smalls Hamtramck MI w/Fang Island
Sun 11/14/10 The Basement Columbus OH w/Fang Island
Mon 11/15/10 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH w/Fang Island
Tue 11/16/10 El Mocambo Toronto ON w/Fang Island
Wed 11/17/10 Il Motore Montreal QC w/Fang Island
Fri 11/19/10 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI w/Fang Island
12/4/10 Pub on Main Allentown, PA w/ Javelin