Defining the undefinable, Delphi Rising mixes up a steaming stew of cross-genre experience in its debut album "For Granted". From punk-influenced hit-and-runs to hard rock guitar workouts. From a British invasion sound to a slower tempo, piano and horn ballad about love in a post-apocalyptic globally-warmed world. From blues to a southwestern epic with Dylan and Dead influences. The 2010 album combines the talents of four long-time Austin, Texas musicians--Walter Ehresman (lead guitar, keyboard), James Rader (drums), Vic Ramirez (guitar, lead vocals), and Lee Vickers (bass)--each taking a turn at writing the music and lyrics [note: Lee Vickers appears on the album, but is no longer a member of the band as of March 2010].
Delphi Rising recombines members from previous Austin projects--Walt Ehresman and Vic Ramirez of Snipe Hunt and James Rader and Lee Vickers, with Ramirez, of Rain on Mars. Ehresman's broad songwriting background can be heard on the hard-rocking "Nocturnal" and "Your Bullshit's Got No Legs No More", as well as Steely Dan-influenced, "That Summer Sun" and the Dylanesque Spanish guitar-tinged western ballad "The Road to Boquillas".
Ramirez drives a hard line with his songs "Girl Like You" and "You Might Grow to be the President", yet shows diversity with the jangly, more pop stylings of "Jenny" and the dusty, dynamic border rock of "For Granted."
Vickers shows his unique compositional style with "Right Here, Right Now", "All Alone", "Forget the Season", and his blues leanings with "There's Some Things".
Rader's contribution, "Henna Tattoo", sounds like a chart-topping single from London circa 1967, and it rounds out the retro-pop feeling of the middle section of the album.
The musical abilities of all of the band are displayed in the various tracts. Ehresman takes over the bass while Vickers plays guitar on "Right Here, Right Now" and "Forget the Season". Ehresman also adds keyboard throughout the album. Special attention was given to constructing effective vocal harmonies as the CD was recorded. Even though Ramirez lays down the majority of the lead vocals (with Ehresman leading on "Bullshit" and "Summer Sun"), all of the other members track background vocals, as well. Special guest sax players, Matt Kennon and Kevin Mullin, create a depth of beautiful melancholy on "That Summer Sun".....an elegy for the world.
All tracks except "All Alone" were recorded at Million Dollar Sound Studios in Austin, produced by Austin music scene mainstay Kurtis Machler with assistance from Ehresman. The name Delphi Rising is a reference to the rising levels of superstition in America and the concurrent abandonment of reason, trending us away from the rest of the "First World".