Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of getting my eardrums blown out by the mighty Big Black Delta. Headed by front man and light enthusiast Jonathan Bates, this isn’t his first rodeo. You might know of a little Los Angeles band by the name of Mellowdrone (shout out to my old coworker Brian Borg) that Jonathan is also the head of.

This time around, he is pairing up with the percussion duo that is Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood. That’s right, two drummers.

They have been a busy trio, with their album BBDLP1 recently dropping and some opening sets for France’s own M83 (which yours truly photographed and danced to). The album has a more refined electronic feel to it, with solid production throughout.

For me, the live show is where the trio shines, with Jon preferring the engineers to turn the lights down low, to ensure that all can marvel at his custom light rig. It danced to the music with us, as the front row screamed the lyrics alongside me. Even the most jaded cool kids in the back could be seen tapping their foot in excitement.

Most people, including me, wondered why they need two drummers, and I think I finally am beginning to understand. With Jon on his laptop, and the programmed sounds booming, I found myself watching each drummer, picking out which part of the incredibly full and layered sound they were contributing. Exchanging smiles to each other throughout the set, these ladies were confident of two things: 1. They’re gorgeous 2. They’re melting faces.

As for Jon, he seems like a quiet dude, but it’s only a matter of time before he can’t help but smile in front of thousands of adoring fans.

At the end of the set, a show goer jumped on stage and grabbed the set list, but at least I know for sure that BBD played my favorite songs, opening with Huggin & Kissin, played BETAMAX somewhere in the middle (one of my favorite music videos from last year), and closed out explosively with everyone’s favorite song, IFUCKINGLOVEYOU.

Seeing Big Black Delta is strange. It’s like they are superstars that no one knows about yet. Then again, I guess that’s the dream of every hipster, innit? This band is doing something very original, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Last night was the most packed, and the most fun I’ve ever had at The Bootleg Theater, and I’ll be ready and waiting for the next show.

Check out their website for tour info, and to pick up a copy of their album. You won’t regret it. Also, shout out to United Ghosts and V for Valente for opening up and bringin’ it.

Until next time my friends,

~Flak

P.S. “Aliens?”