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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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The Deli Magazine SF Giveaway: Win Two Tix to Split Screen's Album Release Show - 9/20

WIN TWO TICKETS to the San Francisco based avant indie rock band, Split Screens album release at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on September 20th!

Yassou Benedict​ and New Spell​ will be sharing the bill with this new local band who has been growing very quickly within the local Bay Area music scene. We're always into supporting great bands in the underground scene and Split Screens is a band who is a quintessential example of artists who do their best to put out great music and promotes their music well. We totally think you should attend this show. We'd like you to support this event so much so that we are giving away free tix!

​Email: sfeditor@thedelimagazine.com to submit your name to win! ​​We will announce the recipient of the tix on September 19th!

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​This show is going to be a lovely washed out, psyched out night of music. We recommend you expend some time and energy to make it out.​


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Head out to the Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT to see Buzzmutt share a bill with Wild Pack of Canaries and The Shape.

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Make sure you check out his two performances at Amnesia. His music has been featured on the popular television show, Sons of Anarchy...but that's not why you should see him live. Take a listen to his recordings and you'll be convinced. -je

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