Hailing from Moreno Valley, California, The Delecs are shaking the scene up with a different sound along the lines of Sublime and 311. Ska style guitar riffs meet soothing lyrics and a melodic flow. Though they list themselves as experimental rock due to the lack of a specific sound, many of the songs lean towards the older sounding ska style as heard on their album, “Beast of Bliss.
Starting out as a four piece band a little over three years ago, they parted ways with their former lead guitarist, Jesus, less than a year ago. Now, Tony(bass), Enrique(drums), and Raul(vocals/guitar) tour the area with their more-than-good-enough three piece. Probably the most interesting part is that Enrique and Tony had zero experience with their instruments when they started out. These guys have come a long way and still have quite a ways to go. Their music can be found on their Spotify or IHeartRadio stations.
I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with the band the other day. Here’s what they had to say:
HHM: What made you decide to get into music?
Raul(guitar/vocals): “I’ve always been into music since I was young. I grew up listening to a great variety of music. It wasn’t until I became a little older when I decided to pick up a guitar and began composing my own songs. From that point on I’ve always had a desire to perform my music in front of crowds, to spread our word to the world.”
HHM: Who do you look up to as an artist/musician the most?
Tony(bass): “As a Bass player I look up to & get inspired the most by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I would listen to his music before & think to myself “How does he make those sounds through a bass ? ” & as the years went by I slowly figured out how he does it, but I still have much more to learn! He has really helped me grow as a musician these last 3 years.”
HHM: What has been the best and worst parts of trying to manage a band and normal life?
Enrique(Drums): “The best part of managing a band is performing in different cities, meeting new people, and seeing/feeling people vibe to our music. That’s the best feeling ever. The worst part is driving through traffic and getting ripped off by promoters, but we are learning and growing as we go.”
HHM: Do you still get nervous before a show?
Tony(bass): “Yeah, I always feel a bit nervous when I first go up on stage & see the audience starring at us but once I plug in my bass I feel a lot more free & comfortable just groovin’ along to our music & that nervousness suddenly vanishes.”
HHM: What has been the best place you’ve performed so far?
Enrique(drums): ”We played in a lot of spots and some are crappy but the crowd is great and some spots are great and the crowd isn’t so great. But I really enjoyed performing at the Whiskey a Go-Go because a lot of my favorite bands have played there before me, so the vibes are great. I really enjoyed performing at the Queen Mary in Long Beach and at the Vibe in Downtown Riverside.”
HHM: How do you come up with ideas for new songs?
Enrique(Drums): “We just jam little sketches that either Raul or Tony come up with, then we all start adding or subtracting things, maybe both. Next thing you know we have a structure and Raul or myself come up with some lyrics. Sometimes songs come naturally and we finish them fast and other times songs take a few months to complete there is no in between.”
HHM: Any plans for a nationwide or larger than your current area show?
Raul(guitar/vocals): “We are always looking for the opportunity to play out of our comfort zone.We will apply ourselves to do so when the time is right.”
HHM: Any upcoming albums or tours?
Enrique(drums): “We actually stopped playing shows for a while to get everything together, like getting new merch, working on designs, recording a new demo with like 4 or 5 songs, work on new music, and remake old songs.”
HHM: Anything else you’d like people to know about you and your band?
Enrique(drums): “We’d just like for people to give our music a chance. We have an album out called ‘Beast Of Bliss’, check it out, follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Also, help out and support your local musicians/bands so we can all stop complaining about the shitty music on the radio. Our goal is to bring some soul back into Rock’n’Roll”
The Delecs on FaceBook