NASHVILLE SCENE – Critic’s Pick …The Delta Routine & Allie Bencar
Modernizing garage rock is a tricky business. A band that goes for melodicism can fall into the capacious power-pop category, while groups that favor guitar interaction can seem one-dimensional. From Milwaukee, The Delta Routine avoid both extremes on their new full-length, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares, and the result is exemplary rock ’n’ roll with overtones of Mott the Hoople and The Rolling Stones circa “Downtown Suzie.” Vocalist Nick Amadeus sings about girls in a hurry who look like they’re from St. Joe, Mo., and other weighty matters, while guitarist Victor Buell IV provides licks that reference everything from country music to Keith Richards-style rhythm-guitar moves. “Don’t Wanna Let You Down” may be Cigarettes’ catchiest track, but I love “Around Your Neck,” which steals its hook from Louis Jordan’s pre-rock song “Caldonia.” This is a band in control, and all the more rocking for it.—EDD HURT
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL (Milwaukee daily) – “Switchblade” featured Video Of The Day Nov. 9th.
Milwaukee band Delta Routine lands video of the day on AOL’s Spinner
By Piet Levy
A couple weeks back, Milwaukee garage rockers The Delta Routine released a video for its reverb-cutting single “Switchblade” from its new album “Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares,” and on Thursday it made its way to Video of the Day status at AOL’s music site Spinner.com.
“It’s a song about fighting against the man, and not letting him keep you down,” frontman Nick Amadeus told Spinner. “I guess you could say the mood of America kinda dictated this one.”
In honor of this selection, we’ll go ahead and declare the below video for Switchblade Tuned In’s Video of the Day as well. And click here to catch a couple of performances from the band paid a visit to the Tap Milwaukee studios for our Sound Check series.
BERKELEY PLACE BLOG (Berkeley, CA based music blog) – Brief positive album review.
DELTA ROUTINE-Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares
Remember Jet? They had some cool songs, like “Cold Hard Bitch.” And remember The Black Crowes before they became heavy blues and Train back when they were rock? Well, if those are happy memories then Delta Routine is for you.
Their third album, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares, is a collection of hook heavy, hard charging anthems. The fast ones are definitely way better than the slow ones, but the album hangs tightly together. I’m betting you’ll dig it.
PLUG IN MUSIC (online music site) – Positive post with Don’t Wanna Let You Down mp3, band photo, tour dates, “Switchblade” mp3 and related link.
The Delta Routine – “Don’t Wanna Let You Down”
Guitar, drums, Hammond organ, and a bluesy vocal: The Delta Routine clearly love their rock n’ roll. Taken from their new album, “Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares,” this track nods appreciatively at the likes of The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and The Strokes whilst ensuring they don’t just sound like copycats. Fun and shamelessly danceable, “Don’t Wanna Let You Down” is a song that begs for a boogie, so why not just give in and take a listen with our free download. – Christopher Heppinstall
FROM THE BURRO (online music podcast show) – “Oh No” added to their “Episode 171” podcast.
ADOBE & TEARDROPS (online music blog) – Positive album review with album art and relatedlinks
The Delta Routine — Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares
The Delta Routine’s third album begins with a bold promise: “I won’t waste your time.”
And the band delivers. Clocking in at 35 minutes, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares is a kick in the pants of blues rock, garage rock, power pop, and America. Brash and irresistibly fun, The Delta Routine refuses to allow you to be in a bad mood by the time the last notes on “People Like You” ring out.
You don’t want to sleep on this album. The Delta Routine is here to stay. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before they get the appreciation and following they so richly deserve.
Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares
New York Avenue
THE LANTERN (Columbus, OH college weekly) – Feature interview to preview show.
Milwaukee-based band The Delta Routine seeks ‘change-up’ in Columbus
By Alex Casola
The Delta Routine has graced several stages with its rock ‘n’ roll, but the band isn’t so familiar with Columbus — and its about to change that this weekend.
The Milwaukee-based group is scheduled to perform in Columbus 7 p.m. Sunday at Scarlet & Grey Café.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Amadeus said the band is looking forward to the Columbus tour stop and the fresh audience to come with it. He added the band has toured through parts of Ohio before but is excited to tour elsewhere in the state.
“Cleveland was a little bit weird,” Amadeus said, laughing. “We wanted a change-up.”
Amadeus also said The Delta Routine has drawn some of its influences from rock band Hero Jr., an Indianapolis-based band that is touring with The Delta Routine. Columbus-based band Up All Nights is also scheduled to perform with the groups at Scarlet & Grey Sunday.
Comprised of Amadeus, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer, guitarist and vocalist Victor Buell IV, bassist and vocalist Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske, The Delta Routine has had numerous lineup changes in members and instruments since its formation seven years ago. Amadeus said the band found some of its current members by chance at a fashion show.
Another important part of the group though is its producer Mike Hoffman, who came across the band due to being a family friend of Amadeus. He’s been with the band from the group’s release of its self-titled debut album in 2007 up to its fourth and most recent release “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” Oct. 9.
“Nick and the guys are very driven, inspired chaps. You know, the only kind I’ll work with,” Hoffman said in an email. “You gotta have rocket fuel in your veins if you’re gonna go anywhere. These guys are tanked up and ready to launch, always.”
Referring to The Delta Routine’s music as rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of a pop element, Amadeus said he normally tries to take the lead on the songwriting aspect of albums by laying down some lyrics, then getting the main beat. He said, however, the band’s last album was a collaborative effort from the group.
Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records located at 116 E. Long St., said the rock scene is still very popular in Columbus and the turnout at The Delta Routine’s show should be pretty large.
“That genre always sells well,” Ruland said. “Indie and rock are the bestsellers here.”
Although Ruland said he has never heard of The Delta Routine, he said he’s open to listening to its music and getting himself and others in the rock ‘n’ roll scene familiar with it.
Scarlet and Grey is located at 2203 N. High St. and will charge a $5 to $10 cover charge at the door for Sunday’s show.
WMSE RADIO / THE SHAPE OF ROCK (WMSE show’s online music site) – Switchblade video featured with brief positive post.
The Delta Routine Release a New Video
Milwaukee’s The Delta Routine have a new album due out on October 9th titled Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares. Not only can you check out the first single “Switchblade” over at their Bandcamp page but they have release a video for the song as well.
FREQUENCY (online music site) – Switchblade video featured
THE ONION A.V. CLUB (Milwaukee weekly) – Sweet-n-sour review of new video.
Check your irony at the door with the video for The Delta Routine’s “Switchblade” by Matt Wild October 31, 2012
While the rest of the state continues to get in touch with its inner bearded troubadour (to great acclaim, we might add), Milwaukee’s Delta Routine has been taking the opposite approach. The group’s bawdy, boozy, meat-and-potatoes guitar-rock is miles removed from the flannels-and-fawns set, and has led to a surprisingly strong local following. That unabashed populism may put some listeners off, but the band’s undeniable ear for a hook puts it above the usual bar-band fray, and the new Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares is good, sexy fun.
The band’s latest video continues that tradition of deeply un-ironic rock. “Switchblade” has been given the hallowed “concert-footage” treatment that many will remember as the approach favored by ’80s hair bands looking to crank out a quick second or third video. The clip was shot at The Hotel Foster, and features lead singer Nick Amadeus and company rocking out (dig the light-up mic stand!) amidst countless grainy shots of the mostly female crowd going bananas. And yes, there’s plenty of “goofing around backstage” footage to keep things fun. Eat your heart out, Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive.”
ONMILWAUKEE (Milwaukee online A&E site) – Positive feature story.
Getting into The Delta Routine
The Delta Routine hits the road this week, touring along the East Coast and beyond.
Last year, Milwaukee quintet The Delta Routine won the WAMI for best alternative act. But that’s something of a misnomer. While the band, fronted by singer and guitarist Nick Amadeus, has a sound all its own, its rooted in rock and roll tradition.
Pop in the band’s just-released third disc, “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares,” and you’ll hear the blues-infused rock of the Rolling Stones and the swagger of The Faces, but also the catchy riffs and melodies of The Strokes.
So, rather than letting their influences pin them down as revivalists of a specific era, The Delta Routine instead parses a few decades of rock and roll history into a thoroughly modern sound that is familiar enough to grab listeners.
That style has earned the band a number of honors. We talked to Amadeus about those awards, about the new record and about the band’s upcoming tour through the Midwest and the East Coast …
OnMilwaukee.com: You guys had a really good year in 2011, winning band of the year from 88Nine and the best alternative artist WAMI. Did that change things for the band at all in terms of bookings and how you were seen here at home and beyond?
Nick Amadeus: Definitely! Probably more at home than beyond. Things seem to be getting a little easier in respect to booking. We are currently doing our own booking, but are in talks with a few agents right now about getting on a roster. The awards are definitely a nice little addition to the resume.
OMC: Has it led to interest in terms of labels or management outside of Milwaukee?
NA: As far as the awards are concerned, I think they were more about our rep up here in Wisconsin. With this new record we really didn’t have to jump up and down waving our hands to get the press and industry up here to notice what we were doing, which is nice. Now we’re just jumping up and down waving our hands trying to get the rest of the country to catch on. The big national push just started, in regards to the new record, and I’m very eager to see what pops up after everyone gets a chance to hear it.
OMC: Did it put pressure on you in terms of the third record? Did you ever have a moment of doubt and maybe fear that you wouldn’t be able to meet the new expectations for the band?
NA: Well, at the time we won the 88.9 award, in early march 2012, we were in the process of losing our guitar player, and it really felt like we might be done. It definitely didn’t feel like we were the “Band of the Year” at that moment. And in my head I said, “uh oh, now we gotta really step it up.” But by the time the WAMI’s came in the middle of April we had our new lineup, adding Victor Buell IV on guitar and Al Kraemer on organs, and were already in the process of recording the new album.
Our first show with the new lineup was at the WAMI awards weekend up in Appleton, and after we got done with our set, me and our bass player (Evan Paydon) looked at each other and said, “I finally feel like I’m in the band of the year.” Any pressure that came from the awards was replaced with excitement to get the new album out and get back to work.
OMC: Tell us a bit about making “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares.” It was recorded here and in Illinois, is that correct?
NA: Yeah, half of the album was recorded in our Riverwest studio in Milwaukee, and the other half was recorded at an old factory in Barrington, Ill. Most of the tracks done up here were engineered, produced and mixed by me. The tracks done in Illinois were engineered, produced and mixed by Mike Hoffmann.
The two sessions couldn’t have been more different. Up here in Milwaukee we tracked everything individually, starting with the drums and guitars and so on, until we had the final product. In Illinois, we pretty much got everything we needed doing live takes, only going back to overdub a few back up vocals and a few other little things.
OMC: The response has been good to the record so far, hasn’t it?
NA: Yes, seems to be going pretty well. We released our first single off the record “Switchblade” at the beginning of august and the response was great. All the hype is pretty new for us, and I’m just trying to soak it all in. I’m still waiting for the first bad review, heh, getting myself mentally prepared.
OMC: After your Stonefly show, you hit the road. Tell us about the tour. Is it your first time hitting a lot of these places? What are the expectations?
NA: Well, we can’t wait to hit the road. Our stops include, Minneapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York City, St. Louis. Most of the dates are part of a two week stint out to the east coast with our favorite band in the world, Hero Jr., out of Indianapolis.
We’ve been to most of these cities already, but this is the first time with a real PR campaign set up and also the first time we’re doing a whole tour with another band. Expectations are high, as is moral. After we finish this up we’re going to try and hit the west coast and south this winter/spring, as well as get back in the studio for another album.
MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG (=online music blog) – Positive review
Song : The Delta Routine : Switchblade
It’s a typical story.
Three clean-cut, well-mannered boys form a band in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They start boozin’, smokin’, and getting their hearts broken. The sounds that emit from their escapades keep getting better; bolstered by frequent shows at Milwaukee’s Up & Under Pub. By the time The Delta Routine put out a third album, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares, they’re getting more widely known for gritty, blues-based garage rock. And they’ve morphed from the original trio into a five-piece: Nick Amadeus (lead vox/rhythm guitar), Victor Buell (lead guitar), Evan Paydon (bass), Kyle Ciske (drums), and Al Kraemer (keyboards).
All the better to blow your house down.
I like that story. The part about the original trio being clean-cut is just a cliche, based on general experiences of nice Midwesterners who’ve migrated to California. It can be disregarded.
Although my favorite album track is “I Don’t Wanna Let You Down,” the album’s first single is “Switchblade.” Victor Buell’s getting the same tone Keith Richards had circa two of my early Stones faves, “Rock ‘n’ Rolling Stones” and “No Stone Unturned”. Not too shabby.
(Milwaukee weekly) – Positive feature/interview with band photo to preview Record Release Show.
Delta Routine Ups the Ante
By Joshua Miller
When Milwaukee band Delta Routine received the WAMI Award for Alternative Artist of the Year this spring—on top of being named 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Band of the Year last year—they had just gone through a lineup change with a new guitarist and the addition of an organ player. While something like that might throw off the dynamics of some bands, the group’s new full-length, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares, shows the band hitting their stride like never before.
Lead singer Nick Amadeus, bass player Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske were joined by new guitarist Victor Buell IV and organ player Al Kraemer this March, and that lineup was immediately put to the test at their first performance in April, at the aforementioned WAMI Awards Show. Amadeus thinks they passed that test exceptionally well.
“I’m a big believer in fate, and this is one of the cases it really shined because these guys came in and fit so well,” Amadeus says. “Both of the guys are great guys and were a breath of fresh air when they came in the band.”
The addition of organ proved to be a revelation for Amadeus, who had thought adding a fifth member would just “create all this extra noise that we’d have to fight with.” On the contrary, though, Kraemer’s playing has helped open up space in the songs rather than fill it.
“It brings a whole new frequency up high above the rest of the band that opens up space and air, which I think is extremely important in a band’s sound,” Amadeus says.
That new dynamic came out during the recording of the latest album. The band traverses both the rock and pop spectrums. Early ’70s rock, garage rock, pop and even some Americana are just a few of the jumping-off points for the 11 songs on the album, creating a diverse collection of catchy melodies and easily relatable lyrics on topics like love, determination and struggle.
About half of Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares was recorded at the band’s Riverwest studio while the rest took place in an abandoned factory in Barrington, Ill., an opportunity that producer Mike Hoffmann helped to arrange.
The band had recorded a lot of their older material at Hoffmann’s studio in Bay View, but this time they wanted to step a bit out of their comfort zone. Amadeus mixed and engineered the studio half of the album, a stressful but ultimately productive experience.
Recording at the factory and getting Hoffmann to handle more of the technical work was a comparably easier process. The band recorded five songs live, taking advantage of the high ceiling of the factory. After a full day of work, the band let off steam with a fun night in Barrington and spent a rather interesting night sleeping on the factory’s floor (“I think I saw a rat run past me,” Amadeus says). Probably a little hung-over the next morning, the band got coffee and did one more take of the songs.
“It was a crazy experience, and we were only there for a day and a half,” Amadeus says. “We didn’t know those would be the takes we’d use, but when we got back to Milwaukee and listened, we were like, ‘Whoa, those Sunday morning takes sound really good.’”
As opposed to the structured setting of the studio, the factory experience was more in the moment. Amadeus spent the trip south writing the lyrics for the single “Switchblade.”
Though, like their lineup change, the recording sessions for the album were a relatively painless experience, the band understands that not everything comes so easily.
“I’m just trying to stay on two feet,” Amadeus says. “Things are looking a lot better for us, but I’m working a lot harder. There’s a lot of busy work managing the band. With success comes a lot more work, knowing that you have to put in the hours and pay the dues—and that’s really what’s coming up next.”
Delta Routine plays an album release show Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hotel Foster with Hero Jr. and We Are Your Father.
THE ONION A.V. CLUB
(Milwaukee weekly) – Positive B+ album review with album art and band photo.
The Delta Routine – Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares
by Matt Wild October 9, 2012
It wasn’t all that long ago that poppy, blues-infused garage-rock blared forth from every 30 GB MP3 player in the country. Bands like The Hives, The Vines, and other “The” groups saturated the mainstream music landscape, all of them dutifully worshiping at the temple that The White Stripes and The Strokes built. Milwaukee’s The Delta Routine missed that first round of retro-revival, but it has no qualms about arriving to the party a decade too late. On its third full-length album, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares, the band serves up 11 fat-free slices of hooky, slithery, and perfectly pitched tunes that wouldn’t be out of place in the early ’00s—or the ’70s that inspired those early ’00s. It’s an unabashedly enjoyable collection from one of Milwaukee’s most unabashedly populist bands.
Much of the credit goes to frontman Nick Amadeus, whose Liam Gallagher-esque vocals infuse Cigarettes & Caffeine with an agreeably snotty swagger. Opener “Waste Your Time” is a driving force of bar-band nature, while the chugging “Switchblade” offers up a fist-pumping, “Give ’em fire, give ’em hell” chorus. “Rachael St. Joe” finds the group hewing its closest to the scuffed-up grit of The White Stripes, and winning closer “People Like You” mixes things up with some unexpected glockenspiel. At its best, the album is good, sexy fun, though it does occasionally fall into a Fratellis pit of obnoxiousness. (A little bit of the title track’s insistent sing-along chorus goes a long way.) Those few moments aside, Cigarettes & Caffeine is a big step up from 2011’s More About You, and finds The Delta Routine up to its ears in songs so exceedingly well-crafted that it’s easy to ignore the time warp and simply enjoy the present.
(The Delta Routine celebrates the release of Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares Thursday, Oct. 11 at The Hotel Foster.)
(Milwaukee public radio) Live in-studio session Wed. Oct. 10at 8:30pm (cst
(online music site) – Positive 4 star album review with album art.
Review: Delta Routine – Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares
Milwaukee’s Delta Routine released Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares today, October 9th, their third full-length album. Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares is packed full with genres; power-pop, punk, classic rock, some type of underwater 50’s distortion rock, and even a little Americana that bleeds into post-punk garage. Delta Routine blends these genres together seamlessly, creating noise like a cross between Spoon and The Stokes.
There is an epileptic-hipster-shakes dance urge applied to the majority of the album. Sure, there is the patent ballad, with “I Wait Alone”, along with the super-short and sexually charged ditty, “Back To Bed”; but the majority of the record is spent in a distorted rock haze. Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares opens with “Waste Your Time” where front-man Nick Amadeus sings, “I don’t want what I had before, baby”, a stellar opening line to preface the listener for the unique sound that is showcased in Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares. “New York Avenue” highlights the Brit Pop sound of the album, neatly tucked into the folds as Track 7. The record ends with Amadeus prophesizing the future of the band, “It’s not like me to be so crazy; people like you, well they don’t phase me” on “People Like You”. The end result is a return to the play button to hear the album all over again. Delta Routine is sure to go far with this ballsy attitude.
Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares is a delightful rock album that holds grunge by the hand yet spanks Brit Pop. Delta Routine have created a wonderful third record that will sure to be a cult favorite amongst the seedy bars of major musical cities. Show Delta Routine a little love and visit their website to find out more info about the newest release and if they’ll be hitting your city on their fall tour.
(Milwaukee monthly) – Album review with band photo.
Album Review: The Delta Routine – Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares
More of the same in latest from one of area’s most popular acts BY Tyler Maas 10/8/2012
As the reigning Milwaukee Band Of The Year (per an 88Nine listener poll) with a WAMI award to its credit and songs featured in a pair of Brewers and Packers tailgate-themed Miller Lite TV spots, The Delta Routine must have done at least few things right up to this point. So it’s only fitting for the band’s third album, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares, to be nestled in the same comfortable, well-liked niche already occupied by its predecessors.
The Delta Routine’s latest kicks the doors open with boisterous opener “Waste Your Time,” which marks the first of 11 such efforts. Seeming to draw influence from a myriad of rock ‘n’ roll mainstays that range anywhere from Jet to Oasis to The Black Keys to early Rolling Stones (among others), The Delta Routine’s, uh, routine is laid out early and followed to a tee. That pattern is expressed in a clear-cut string of fuzzy, guitar-driven efforts, each lathered in a thick coat of singer Nick Amadeus’ distorted vocals and a steady diet of “bops” and “woos” sprinkled throughout.
Almost every song on Cigarettes could act as a sturdy single (save for sub-two-minute “Back To Bed” and “Around Your Neck”), but with so many similar-sounding tracks vying to bend the listener’s ear, the album begins to blend together at times. The rare departure comes by way of “New York Avenue,” a buried breather from the jangly rock throwbacks. The song shows a subdued side of the band, complete with string accompaniment and a true introduction to new organ player Al Kraemer.
As “Oh, no” brings “New York Avenue” to a dead end, normalcy is restored as smattering of “alrights” and “c’mons” again, get feet stomping toward the album’s conclusion. Really, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares is chock full of reincarnations of retro rock ‘n’ roll greats, as well as functional renditions of modern alt-rock heavy-hitters. The album is fun and would translate exceptionally well to a live setting, but it’s not a particularly bold artistic venture. Fans of The Delta Routine – of which there seem to be many – will find more of the same with the band’s latest effort. Fortunately for them, that seems to be enough.
(online Chicago music blog) – “Don’t Wanna Let You Down” mp3 added to their “10/12/12 Pick Your Poison” feature.
(Kenosha, WI college radio) The Delta Routine live unplugged lunchtime session (12:45pm) followed by a 2pm studio visit (interview and spins).
(Milwaukee, WI daily) – Brief positive show preview.
THE DELTA ROUTINE CD Launch Party tonight! A great Milwaukee band at a great Milwaukee bar launching a new cd.
(Milwaukee online music site) – Positive album review.
When I picked the Delta Routine’s “More About You” as one of the ten best records of last year, I worried that I also might be penning a premature obituary for one of my favorite bands. How in the hell were they going to replace co-writer and lead guitarist Kevin Topel, one of the most exciting virtuosos in Milwaukee rock, whose lusty, palpitating riffs played the part of the curvy temptress driving singer-songwriter Nick Amadeus through a boom-bust cycle of sweaty desire and lonely heartbreak? What’s Mick without Keith? Bono without the Edge? Thom without the Greenwoods? Amadeus without Topel?
The title track off new record “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” is the kind of song I worried the Delta Routine might not be able to pull off any more, and happily, I was wrong: it bop-bops to life with what I take for a sing-a-long wink of serial infidelity, then shuffles itself into a funky, stuttering groove, and finally busts out of its self-destructive lovers’ rut with a classic Delta Routine rush of drums and guitars careening after each other. Yes, like its predecessor, “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” is a break-up record, although it sounds like the irresistible women torturing Amadeus’s every waking songwriterly moment have more to do with that than the lineup change — Topel makes a couple cameos and by all accounts departed amicably to focus on his work in the Ragadors. And while I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few extra measures crying out for one of Topel’s frantic gallops up and down the frets, I also can’t say I listened to “Waste Your Time,” “Rachael St. Joe” or “Around Your Neck” and thought they were anything but top shelf Delta Routine blues pop, with Amadeus’ whiskey-throated hound still getting his vulnerable romantic into trouble, and the music navigating the wobbly territory in between.
Instead, to the band’s credit, what makes “Cigarettes” stand out from previous Delta Routine records isn’t who’s missing so much as what’s new: “Switchblade” throbbing with the violent menace of Evan Paydon’s bass line and Kyle Ciske’s drums; Al Kraemer’s keys prancing around “Don’t Wanna Let You Down”; Kraemer’s organ and Peter Thomas’ cello adding Jon Brion pomp to Amadeus’ lonely stroll down “New York Avenue”; Amadeus’ bare vocals on “I Wait Alone,” his bandmates stepping in one-by-one to lift him up.
Call it necessity, call it reinvention, call it evolution — the hows and whys fade from thought when you’re hearing hooks this good, experiments this surprising, and a singer this addicted to pleasures and wary of the pains. Which is to say that “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” is, to my relief, a real, honest to God Delta Routine record.
Catch the Delta Routine’s album release party at Hotel Foster, Thursday October 11th.
THE ROYAL PURPLE
(Whitewater college weekly) – Feature interview with The Delta Routine’s Nick & Hero Jr.’s Evan with band photos to preview Whitewater show.
Two bands unite to perform at local bar
Pumper’s and Mitchell’s, in downtown Whitewater, is a popular spot for UW-Whitewater students hoping to have a good time.
At 9 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13, the bands The Delta Routine, of Milwaukee, and Hero Jr., of Indianapolis, will travel to Whitewater for a performance at the bar.
Students and community members who are fans of alternative rock and pop will not want to miss out on this show.
The Delta Routine consists of Nick Amadeus on vocals and guitar, Al Kraemer on keyboards and vocals, Victor Buell IV on guitar and vocals, Evan Paydon on bass and vocals and Kyle Ciske on drums.
Members of The Delta Routine have been together for seven years.
Amadeus, The Delta Routine’s front man, said the band formed when he and Ciske decided to put a drum set and a guitar together on an old rug in a basement.
The band just released their third studio album titled “Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares.” Amadeus said fans should expect something different out of this new album.
In this album, the band mixed genres to blend the musical tastes of all members.
Amadeus said he is “expecting nothing but the best” when the band plays at Pumper’s and Mitchell’s.
“I love small bars with too many people, and this should be one of those nights,” Amadeus said.
Amadeus said it gets lonely being on tour, but Hero Jr. is there to help The Delta Routine keep going.
Hero Jr. is comprised of Evan Haughey on lead vocals and guitar, Dave DuBrava on bass and vocals, Ken Rose on guitar and Matthew Haughey on drums and vocals.
The band started three years ago in a studio space in Indianapolis where the Haughey brothers played together.
Evan Houghey said the band came together “when Matthew came in on drums. We wouldn’t let him get a real job after college, and he lost his future and three-piece suits.”
Even though they have been together for three years, the band didn’t officially form an identity until June of this year. This is when Rose came into the picture.
“Ken came over from London, and we hid his return ticket under the sofa, so he is still here. Amazing we can all function together like brothers from different mothers,” Evan Haughey said.
Hero Jr.’s first full-length album called “Backup Plan” will debut on Oct. 23.
Evan Haughey said the band is excited to perform in Whitewater again. He said they are hoping for “good beer and maybe a bag of chips, and the opportunity to explode on the Whitewater scene.”
(Sheboygan daily) – Brief show preview with band photo.
Green Room Pub hosts rock bands
Rock bands The Delta Routine and Hero Jr. are touring together and will be performing at The Green Room Pub, 911 Indiana Ave., Sheboygan, at 9 p.m. Oct. 14.
The Delta Routine hails from Milwaukee and is touring in support of its third studio album, “Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares” (which comes out on Tuesday). Indianapolis-based Hero Jr. is playing in support of its full-length debut, “Backup Plan” (which comes out on Oct. 23).
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
(Milwaukee daily) – Positive album review to preview Record Release Show.
The Delta Routine – Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares
By Piet Levy
“I won’t waste your time now,” Delta Routine frontman Nick Amadeus sings with his Liam Gallagher-esque vocals on the opening track. He’s true to his word. At 32 minutes, the album is mercifully low on fat but thrills all the same with warped organ and guitar reverb snarls on “Switchblade.” Likewise, “Around Your Neck” does its bluesy, White Stripes-like, swagger-soaked thing in less than two minutes’ time. (Album available Tuesday on Amazon and iTunes.)
CD release party: 9 p.m. Thursday, Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave. $10, includes CD. Contact Piet Levy at email@example.com.
SHOW ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT
(UK music blog) – Positive album review with band photo and album art.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Delta Routine, Cigarettes And Caffeine Nightmares
TITLE: Cigarettes And Caffeine Nightmares
BAND: The Delta Routine
RELEASED: October 9th 2012
Ever wondered what an American Oasis would sound like? Look no further than The Delta Routine! Frontman Nick Amadeus’ distinctive vocals could easily be from north-west England, so it’s actually a surprise to learn that he’s from Milwaukee! Of course, the Gallagher comparison is there but there is a lot more to the album and indeed the band than that. They provide a whole scope of musical genres on their third album, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares, which is released tomorrow.
Kicking things off with Waste Your Time, the Americana starts in the riffs. The Britpop vocals add a roughness to the backing, giving it that dirty edge. The opening track could easily be the theme for a modern sitcom, British or American. Another Britpop track is the title track, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares, which definitely has a touch of the swinging 60s to it. In fact, a lot of the album is a blast from the past with the retro trend continuing right until the end.
With tracks such as new single Switchblade, Rachael St. Joe and Around Your Neck all giving a nod to the rock ‘n’ roll of the 60s. Switchblade epitomises exactly what the album is about with a perfect blend of retro riffs and Arctic Monkeys-esque rhythms. The drum solo towards the end would no doubt captivate a live audience and even creates an atmosphere through earphones.
Spanning not just decades but also genres, Rachael St. Joe has a country theme that could only come from a true American band. The perfect merging of country with rock ‘n’ roll is something that has been done before but The Delta Routine really show us how it’s done here. Around Your Neck reminds me of The Kinks and with the punk vocals, it’s got a lot of attitude. There are a more than a few air guitar moments too, making it an ideal track to rock out to.
Upbeat and lively appear to be what The Delta Routine do best, as it’s shown again in Oh, No, which is backed up by alternative guitars. With a catchy chorus and get-up-and-dance vibe, it’s one of the happiest tracks on the record. Adding the suave is New York Avenue with its funky synths and echoes of New York, New York over the signature Oasis vocals.
Things slow down a bit on I Wait Alone, a tragic love song about a lover who is waiting around for someone who is already in love with someone else. The croaky vocals aren’t as strong as they are on the other tracks but the song really stands out on the album. Don’t Wanna Let You Down is a more chilled blues number with a pop melody, while Back To Bed has indie vocals and a silent movie piano backing. These tracks are all highlights, due to their originality and the fact they show diversity within the band’s talents.
Closing on a quirky number, People Like You with its tinkling background leaves you with the lasting impression that the five-piece are no ordinary group. They’re by no means taking the obvious route in their songs and their last song incorporates acapella, interesting instrumentals and indie, which is not unlike Dundee band, The View.
If you love a mixture of 60s rock ‘n’ roll, angsty punk and modern day indie, then this is definitely an album you’ll love. The Delta Routine are touring the States with Hero Jr, who I’ve also written extensively about but they should hopefully be coming over to the UK soon.
(UK music blog) – Positive album review with band photo and tour dates.
Album Review: The Delta Routine Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares
The retro rock band The Delta Routine have released today their third album ‘Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares’. This precedes their US tour, kicking off in their home town of Milwaukee.
Cigarettes & Caffiene Nightmares by The Delta Routine
If you haven’t heard of this band yet think late 60’s into the 70’s rock n’ roll (Bolan and Stones) and for most tracks you are there.
The 11 track album blasts off with the energetic ‘Waste Your Time’ a number reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones. Following this is the equally energetic (yet weaker for me) ‘Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares’. The third track takes you in a different much more contemporary direction ‘I Wait Alone’ –cool and bluesy, I loved this track and the way the old school guitar riffs melded with the singing. Another great track is ‘Switchblade’. Then there is a tack that I really enjoyed ‘Don’t Wanna Let You Down’ with some great vocals, keyboards and guitar – the vocals have a spooky Oasis like quality but the rest of the music is twenty years earlier. ‘Back To Bed’ is a simple one minute space filler that could have been built into a full track and feels a little bit of a waste. Then comes ‘New York Avenue’ my favourite track on the album, nothing dated on this one, just a really nice well put together piece that is really commercial (but listen to the clever guitar work in the background…) – you’ll want to play this one again and again. Then with ‘Oh No’ you are plunged back into good old rock and roll with organ, guitars and a pretty catchy tune. Two more good rock tracks then follow ‘Rachael St Joe’ and ‘Around Your Neck’. The final track was the pretty average ‘People Like You’ which to be frank would have been better not on the album and would not have been missed.
The album cover is pretty cool too – I would swear that I had the same carpet back in the 80’s. ‘Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares’ was recorded in Milwaukee and produced by Mike Hoffmann whose production credits include The Verve, Pipe, Willie Porter and Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes), among others. The band is comprised of lead singer/rhythm guitar player Nick Amadeus, bassist Evan Paydon, lead guitarist Victor Buell IV, keyboardist Al Kraemer and drummer Kyle Ciske.
While critics have favorably compared some of their previous work to the likes of The Stones, The Black Crowes and The Strokes, what really emerges on ‘Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares’ is the sound of a fully-realised band with their own distant voice in an all too homogenised rock scene. Overall a good third album and worth adding to your collection if you like rock music and your heart is in the early 70’s of that genre.
(Milwaukee music blog) – Positive album review.
“Anyone can wear the jacket, only they can wear the coat” An Inside Look at The Delta Routine’s Upcoming Album “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares”
Gone are the days when we had to rely solely on the radio to hear our favorite band’s newest song before the album’s release. In this time of almost instant gratification, the internet allows us immediate access, but it also floods the music industry with a lot of mediocre, one-hit wonders. This is why I’m grateful for talented, hard-working bands like The Delta Routine. Their third full-length record, “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” is set for release on October 9th (with an official release party on October 11th at the Hotel Foster) , and they continue to maintain their fun, distinctive sound while supplying us with fresh new hits to dance to.
The making of this record was a labor of love, with some tracks incubating since the release of “More About You”. Mike Hoffmann of Semi Twang once again lent a hand in the mixing and producing, and all of the mastering was done by London based producer and guitarist Ken Rose, whose work has ties to Marianne Faithfull and others. Front man Nick Amadeus mixed and produced half the album in the band’s Riverwest recording studio, and the band finished recording at a factory in Barrington, Illinois. In true “Exile on Main Street” fashion, The Delta Routine found themselves in an atmosphere and mindset to make magic. On a hungover Sunday morning before packing up to leave they channeled their collective mojo into the great live takes that make up the majority of this album, only adding extra backup vocals later as needed.
“Waste Your Time” is first out of the gate and sets the tone for this catchy, upbeat record. The pounding rhythms from the drums and the influx of guitar provide a solid foundation for Nick’s distinct vocals, and this song gets you up and dancing by the time the chorus hits. The breakdown at the end is not only fun to listen to, but immediately sets the tone for how the band continues to evolve as a whole and as individual musicians.
The party keeps right on going with the title track and a chorus you’ll be singing along with in no time. Drummer Kyle Ciske provides a solid foundation for the rest of the band to showcase their talents: Evan Paydon’s funky groove compliments Victor Buell IV’s sharp guitar riffs, and Al Kraemer’s organ playing rounds out the band’s sound in a way that we haven’t yet heard with The Delta Routine. While I never felt that something was missing in their previous songs, hearing that organ now makes so much sense that I couldn’t imagine the band without it.
Nick began performing “I Wait Alone” live as a solo song first, and given it’s nature, I wasn’t sure how much a full band version would change the overall mood. Nick begins with only a guitar, and his vocals evoke the same vulnerability as the live solo performances. Vic’s guitar subtly joins, and seems to know how to bend in just the right places. Al’s chords flow continuously throughout the song, and pay perfect compliment to Vic’s solo. With the first two songs grabbing you out of your seat, this one allows you to pause and reflect on that all too familiar feeling of unrequited love.
“Switchblade” is their newly released single (**available for download here***) and it’s simply great, straight forward rock. This is the song on the album that you’ll always end up closing your eyes and bobbing your head to. The next song, “Don’t Wanna Let You Down” is probably my favorite intro of the entire record, and I can already picture the fans singing along.
A sweet little ditty, “Back to Bed” slips quietly in next. You can almost feel the needle as it scratches the vinyl, bringing Nick’s befitting voice and Al’s piano accompaniment with it. It gives you just enough and leaves you wanting more, so it’s a good thing we’re only halfway through.
“New York Avenue” was originally released as a Nick Amadeus solo single. It was featured on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s “New Music Wednesday”, and if there is one song on this album that you should listen to on headphones it’s this one. It begins with vocals and organ, followed with I’m Not a Pilot’s Peter Thomas on cello, and when the rest of the band comes in an entire musical tapestry unfolds before you.
“Oh, No” gives us that classic Delta Routine sound, and your feet will keep on tapping right on through to “Rachael St. Joe.” I was lucky enough to hear this song in it’s infancy, and I knew right away it was going to be great. Kyle’s drums and Evan’s bass really stand out, and they provide a lively, energetic rhythm from start to finish.
With music, as in any art, inspiration can come from anything. “Around Your Neck” grabs you from the start, and it’s smart, catchy rock drives straight through the rest of the song. Nick found inspiration for this song from musician and bandleader Louis Jordan and his 1940’s hit “Caledonia.” I will admit, I had never heard it before, but listening to it made me love “Around Your Neck” even more.
“People Like You” is a fun song and a very befitting way to conclude the album. The guitar and harmonies are reminiscent of their previous album, and Al’s organ part is a great compliment to Nick’s lyrics. A special thanks to Mike Hoffmann (vocals, percussion) and Kevin Topel (guitar) for their contributions to the album as well.
With all of the hard work that’s been put into this album, its no wonder there is already a buzz surrounding it. JSOnline lists their October 11th album release party at the Hotel Foster as “one of the thirty Milwaukee concerts you won’t want to miss” and they are absolutely right. Download the single “Switchblade” for free now; it will tide you over until you can get your copy of “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” in October.
(online music site) – News post (from press release) with album art, tour dates.and related links.
THE ONION / THE A.V. CLUB
(Milwaukee weekly) – Editor’s Pick Show preview with band photo.
The Delta Routine pick
Also Playing: Hero Jr. and We Are Your Father
Milwaukee’s The Delta Routine emulates the sound and swagger of old-school Rolling Stones, and while its attempts at swaggering blues-rock don’t result in anything new on 2011’s More About You, it is, at the very least, a really fun record. “Ain’t Worth Your Wait” is an effective New York Dolls-style glam stomp, and channels both that group and the later solo work of guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. Other tracks find the group practically spelling out its influences in neon: “Cause We’re Young” nicks the opening guitar riff of The Who’s “I Can’t Explain,” while “And It Goes” borrows the rough shuffle of The Strokes’ “Someday.” The group’s new album, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares—which sees its official release at tonight’s show—is a big step up from More About You, and the gritty, rousing, sing-along title track alone should solidify The Delta Routine’s reputation as one of Milwaukee’s top-tier bar bands.
The Hotel Foster
2028 East North Avenue
(WI online music site) – Positive album review.
The Delta Routine – Cigarette and Caffeine Nightmares
Record Label: Self-release
by John Noyd
Harsh, cathartic boogie marinated in loose, blues-rock grooves and swamp-water bop, “Nightmares,” pairs honky-tonk stomps from Roller Derby dervishes and slip and slide jive tied to unflagging swagger. Rambunctious punks fusing rockabilly belligerence to demanding evangelism Delta deals slap-dash splatter sporting ballistic grit, backwoods traction and raucous hep-cat side-steps.TDR hosts a CD release party Oct 11th in Milwaukee’s Hotel Foster
WISCONSIN MUSIC BUZZ
(WI online music site) – Brief show preview with band photo.
The Delta Routine to hold album release show.
The Delta Routine from Milwaukee will host an album release show on Thursday, Oct. 11, with Hero Jr. and We Are Your Father at The Hotel Foster in Milwaukee. The show begins at 9 p.m.
THE ONION / THE A.V. CLUB
(Milwaukee weekly) – Positive album preview.
The Delta Routine, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares (Oct. 11 at The Hotel Foster)
“Rock” is an easy attitude to cop—it’s fun, the hours are good, and the ladies seem to love it. On its third full-length album, Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares, Milwaukee’s The Delta Routine once again assume the tired-and-true rock stance by mining the classic, guitar-driven treasures of the past. Singer-songwriter Nick Amadeus injects a bluesy swagger into the proceedings, while his band does its best to summon up the hard-living, pre-gentrified ghosts of a mid-’70s CBGB. The good news is that they pull it off—the album is a big step up from 2011’s More About You, and the gritty, rousing, sing-along title track alone should solidify The Delta Routine’s reputation as one of Milwaukee’s top-tier bar bands.
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
(Milwaukee daily) – Positive show preview in the “30 Milwaukee concerts you won’t want to miss” feature
30 Milwaukee concerts you won’t want to miss
The Delta Routine: Don’t expect routine alt-rock from the Milwaukee band’s latest album, “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares,” which will be celebrated at this Hotel Foster set. (9 p.m. Oct. 11, Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave. $10 includes the album.)
WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
(online music blog) – “Switchblade” added as a free download, with single cover art, All About # 1 video and a positive blurb.
New Guitar Rock Discovery – The Delta Routine, free download of “Switchblade”
Milwaukee rockers The Delta Routine (lead singer/rhythm guitar player Nick Amadeus, bassist Evan Paydon, lead guitarist Victor Buell IV, keyboardist Al Kraemer and drummer Kyle Ciske) have an album due out in October, and have made an advance track available for free download: “Switchblade”:
The album is Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares. From the album and song titles, you might guess it’s down and dirty barroom blues/rock, and you’d be right. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.
To hold you over, here’s an earlier incarnation of the band playing one of their previous songs:
(national print and online music magazine) – “Switchblade” and positive post in their MP3 AT 3PM feature.
MP3 At 3PM: The Delta Routine
August 31, 2012
Although its music may sound vaguely familiar, Milwaukee’s Delta Routine can rock the blues and deliver grade-A hooks just as well as any of its contemporaries. “Switchblade,” off Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares (out October 9), is a simple guitar hook that’s been played before, but it’s still infectious music, perfect for head-bobbing. It’s no wonder the Delta Routine is receiving plenty of accolades in its hometown. Download “Switchblade” below.
(UK online music bog) – News post (from press release) with album art.
Mad Mackerel Recommends…The Delta Routine
The Delta Routine are set to release their third full-length album Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares this autumn. On it the Milwaukee quintet taps directly into the jugular of early rock-n-roll; distilling the raw, impassioned power and updating it for a younger generation. The eleven tracks traverse through a number of genres, such as garage, power-pop, punk, classic rock and even a bit of earthy Americana for good measure, and while this may not make it easy to categorize, it’s no matter, as it’s sure to get the blood pumping, feet moving, and transform a simple get-together into an instant party.
While you can still hear the influences of the likes of The Stones through to The Strokes, but what really stands out are the infectious hooks, strong melodies and indelible riffs upon which whip-smart lyrics set sail with a swagger and a reckless abandon that is most alluring in these days of arena friendly, anodyne rock n roll.
The Delta Routine’s Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares will be available 9th October 9th in both CD and Digital formats.
88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE
(Milwaukee Radio) – “Switchblade” added as a free download, with single cover art and a postive blurb.
Listen and Download New Music From Milwaukee’s The Delta Routine & Klassik
So far in 2012, there have been some amazing releases from Milwaukee artists and bands. So far, two of my favorite releases are from Lorn and Surgeons In Heat. Now, two artists are about to drop their respective albums within the coming weeks, and I can’t be more excited. The Delta Routine will be releasing their album Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares on October 9th. You can listen and download a taste in the song “Switchblade.” The track sounds like early Oasis, but with a definite Midwest vibe.
(online music site) – News post (from press release) with album art, band photo, tour dates.and related links.
88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE
(Milwaukee Radio) – “Switchblade” aired on their “Are You Feeling This?” show on Mon. Aug. 6 and mentioned on their website.
(online music site) – “Switchblade” mp3 and tour dates.
FROM THE BURRO
(online music podcast show) – “Switchblade” added to their “Episode 166” podcast.
(online Chicago music blog) – “Switchblade” mp3 added to their “8/7/12 Pick Your Poison” feature.
PLUG IN MUSIC
(online music site) – News posting from press announcement with band photo, tour dates, “Switchblade” mp3 and related link.
THE SODA SHOP
(online music blog) – News posting from press release with album & single art, band photos, tour dates, “Switchblade” mp3 and related links.
TOP 40 CHARTS
(online music site) – News posting from press announcement with album art, tour dates and related links.
MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS NETWORK
(online music industry site) – News posting from press announcement with album art, tour dates, “Switchblade” mp3 and related links.
(Cincinnati online music blog) – Mainstay Rock Bar show preview with band photo.
(Chicago Internet Radio) – One hour unplugged session with interview on Fri. June 29th at 5pm (cat)