By on October 7, 2012

The Delta Routine are set to release their third full-length album Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares this fall. 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 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-realized band with their own distant voice in an all too homogenized rock scene. Infectious hooks, strong melodies and indelible riffs abound on this effort, as do the whip-smart lyrics and musical dynamic that swaggers at times, coos at others and, more often than not, explodes with a reckless abandon.

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, and on the strength of both their incendiary live shows and 2011 full-length album More About You, the band took home the 2011 Best Band and Best Alternative Artist awards earlier this spring from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and the WAMI Awards (Wisconsin Area Music Industry), respectively.

The Delta Routine’s Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares will be available October 9th in both CD and Digital formats, and the band will be touring in support of it throughout the year.

“Milwaukee’s Delta Routine can rock the blues and deliver grade-A hooks just as well as any of its contemporaries. It’s no wonder they’ve been receiving plenty of accolades in their hometown” – MAGNET MAGAZINE
“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.” – Matt Wild / THE ONION’S A.V. CLUB
“The Delta Routine ups the ante on their new full-length Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares, an album that finds the band hitting their stride like never before.” – Joshua Miller / SHEPHERD EXPRESS
“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.”  – Piet Levy / JOURNAL SENTINEL
“Harsh, cathartic boogie marinated in loose, blues-rock grooves and swamp-water bop.” – John Noyd / MAXIMUM INK
“The Delta Routine’s new single “Switchblade,” from their new album Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmaressounds like early Oasis, but with a definite Midwest vibe.” – 88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE
“Down-and-dirty barroom blues/rock.” – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

“The Delta Routine blend catchy guitar pop with swaggering blues-rooted rock-and-roll that nods at The Black Crowes, The Who and The Rolling Stones.” – Bobby Tanzilo / ON MILWAUKEE
2011 Band of the Year – 88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE
2011 Alternative Artist of the Year – WAMI AWARDS (WISCONSIN AREA MUSIC INDUSTRY)

Oct 11 Hotel Foster – Milwaukee, WI Cigarettes &Caffeine NightmaresCD Release Show w/ HERO JR., We Are Your Father
Oct 12 Club Underground – Minneapolis, MN w/ HERO JR.
Oct 13 Pumper’s Mitchell’s Bar & Grill – Whitewater Street, Whitewater, WI w/ HERO JR.
Oct 14 The Green Room Pub – Sheboygan, WI w/ HERO JR.
Oct 24 Stonefly Brewery – Milwaukee, WI
Oct 25 The Hideaway Saloon – Louisville, KY w/ HERO JR.
Oct 26 Dino’s Bar & Grill – Nashville, TN w/ Allie Bencar
Nov 02 The Birds Nest Pub – Chicago, IL w/ HERO JR.
Nov 03 The Funkyard – Indianapolis, IN w/ HERO JR. (early show)
Nov 03 Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN w/ HERO JR., The Hawkeyes
Nov 04 Scarlet & Grey – Columbus, OH w/ HERO JR., The Up All Nights
Nov. 05 World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA w/ HERO JR. and The Hawkeyes
Nov 06 HeadHouse – Philadelphia PA w/ HERO JR. and Boy Wonder
Nov 08 Fontana’s – New York, NY w/ HERO JR.
Nov 09 The Monkey Wrench – Louisville, KY w/ HERO JR.
Nov. 10 Lemmons – St. Louis, MO w/ HERO JR., Pirate Signal, Hideaway Headline
Nov 16 Czar’s 505, St. Joseph, MI w/ HERO JR.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.