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National Sibling Day—-since when is that a thing?—-was a perfect day to see Delta Rae, the North Carolina band whose core consists of three absurdly talented siblings. If forced to label this band, folk-rock might be the most apt cubbyhole, but that completely fails to capture the irresistible punk-rock energy running through a good number of the group’s compositions.
With its second album, After It All, released last Tuesday, Delta Rae seems to be forefronting the powerful vocals of Brittany Holljes (one of the three siblings) in its most aggressive songs. Live, I was struck by the amount of red light, booming bass drums, and sinister under-lighting the group used during these songs, creating an atmosphere that wouldn’t have been out of place at a metal show. There’s still plenty of folksy balladry to go around, but it’s the fast-and-loud part of the band’s repertoire that sets it apart.
See more in the full slideshow (15 photos).