JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas returned in 2017 with their sophomore album Telephone // Telefono, their first full-length bilingual recording released in both English and Spanish language versions.
A second generation Cuban and Mexican-American, Jessica felt it her duty to further explore her own Hispanic heritage on the band’s sophomore recording. She knew songs written and recorded in English required more than simply translation – a full rethink was needed to truly give them equivalent poetry and power in her second language. She pushed herself to use Spanish in ways she had never previously attempted, rewriting the songs with the invaluable aid of her mates in Mexico City to better suit the new lyrics and vocal style. Jessica even spent two full weeks speaking exclusively in Spanish, singing for hours in a friend’s studio to create a kind of muscle memory.
Intensely personal and undeniably provocative, Telephone // Telefono is a milestone achievement for the band who are upping the ante on their one-of-a-kind soundclash of Goth pop, Latin rock, psychedelic surf, punk cabaret, dirty dancehall, and bold balladry, a voracious approach made uniquely their own through Jessica’s astonishing vocal power and The Deltas’ own boundless versatility. The new songs see The Deltas’ brand of Motor City magic taken to the max while their Spanish counterparts unveil fresh meanings and emotive power. The result is a genuinely unprecedented work of remarkable duality and impossible-to-ignore relevance.
In 2014, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas released their debut Secret Evil and spent two years on the road; countless headline gigs, supports with such like-minded acts as Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and well-received sets at festivals like Lollapalooza, ACL Music Festival, Osheaga, and Bonnaroo. Jessica was intensely productive throughout the non-stop tour, somehow finding time to get married while also writing and readying the band’s next album. The Deltas reconvened in their native Michigan for sessions in early 2016, capturing all the fire, excitement, and band unity gained by their almost nightly performances.
Long hailed as an explosive and theatrical live outfit, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are celebrating Telephone // Telefono with a non-stop North American tour schedule, highlighted by headline dates, radio shows, festival appearances, and more.
The Ultrasounds are a sludgy garage pop band based out of Winona, MN comprised of 3 chicks and one dude who surprisingly is not the drummer. Megan Hanson is the primary songwriter, lead vocalist and guitar player. Her husband Todd Hanson plays guitar as well and sings backing vocals. Courtney Guenveur provides the driving low-end with Amber Fletcher’s big drums making up for her diminutive stature. Their sound is a wall of noisy guitars and feedback juxtaposed with Megan’s frail but poignant melodic vocal delivery.