Nashville fivesome The Delta Saints shared their sophomore record Bones with fans on August 7th. In support of the record’s release, the gritty blues-rock group are currently touring North America and will stop by The Beat Kitchen Bar in Chicago tomorrow night with Hidden Hospitals and Rebel Soul Revival. Ahead of the show, AMBY spoke with The Delta Saints’ frontman Ben Ringel to discuss evolving, heady nights in New Orleans, tour diets, and Nintendo 64 van rivalries. Enjoy our exclusive interview below! Tickets for the Chicago concert are still available here, doors are at 8PM and this is a 17+ show.
AMBY: Hey The Delta Saints, welcome to AMBY. Where does our interview find you today?
The Delta Saints: Currently in bed, drinking a beer at a hotel in Madison, WI.
AMBY: Congrats on the release of your new album Bones! Tell us a bit about the album.
The Delta Saints: Bones is our sophomore full-length album. We really wanted to focus on evolving the band and our music into something that was more modern and relevant to what we were all listening to. We recorded the record in Nashville, with our producer/buddy Eddie Spear. The entire approach was very different than any previous records that we had done. Instead of writing the songs, and then road testing them for a year, we went into the studio and wrote most of the songs as we recorded them. It was one of the most challenging and incredible experiences that we as a band have ever been a part of. It definitely forced us out of the old habits and ruts that we found ourselves in, and I think it is really what made the record different than anything we have ever really put out.
AMBY: The record’s title track features hoodoo organ riffs. What inspired your use of this?
The Delta Saints: Probably one too many heady nights spent out on Frenchman St. in New Orleans. We really tried to embrace elements of psychedelic and modern music with this record, and I think that the organ/keys are one of the instruments that brought it out the most. On every song it just adds this atmospheric presence that makes just makes the entire record stronger.
AMBY: You’re currently touring North America in support of the album. How’s the tour been treating you all?
The Delta Saints: The tour has been great. It’s a grind, and is exhausting, but we’re getting to play these songs that we love, and will be seeing both coasts in a matter of four weeks. I’m not sure what could be better.
AMBY: When it comes to packing for a tour, what are some quintessential items you must bring with you?
The Delta Saints: 1: Ibuprofen – This is literally the number one thing to bring. It helps with hangovers, tendonitis, muscle aches… It’s a cure-all for tour shenanigans. 2: Ear Plugs – We’ve got a saying, “Sleep when you can, drink when you’re able.” Good ear plugs will drown out even the loudest drunk and snoring band mate at 4:00am. 3: A Nintendo 64 with Mario Tennis. We recently installed one in our van, and our drives have become significantly more enjoyable. We as a band are more unstable, as the rivalries are out of control, but the van time is almost looked forward to now.
AMBY: You recently shared “Happiness is a warm….enchilada.” What are some of your favourite foods to eat while on the road?
The Delta Saints: Much to our drummer’s dismay, we eat Thai food probably three to four times a week. We had it tonight for dinner and if all goes well, maybe tomorrow night too. We also love Mexican food. I think we spent so much time over the past seven-eight years eating bar food, that we’ve naturally scaled back the amount of burgers and fries that we eat.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about The Delta Saints that nobody knows yet?
The Delta Saints: Well, we’re still a young band fighting from the trenches, so I’d say that in general both us and our music are probably things that most people have never heard of. If I had to give a specific detail, it would be that we’re all huge video game nerds. I am currently looking at three of the five of us who are gaming right now as I type.
Thank you The Delta Saints, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout