Delorean

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The rigor of touring can take its toll in myriad ways. Often glamorized, endless hours spent in a hot, funky van on roads to Anywhere can sound the death knell for any outfit, no matter how tightly-knit. But few bands can compare tour horror stories with Spanish dance-pop quartet Delorean.

In October 2013, the four-man band was slated to play Mexico City’s Mutek Festival. They received a phone call from men purporting to be hotel security, urging the Barcelona natives to change hotels due to unsafe conditions. The Delorean guys obliged, and what ensued was a hellish, 30-hour hostage scenario: That call actually came allegedly from Los Zetas, said to be one of the most feared and barbaric Mexican drug cartel. Members purportedly of the crime syndicate kidnapped and psychologically manipulated Delorean’s members—and their families—in an attempt to heighten the ransom amount. Thanks to a coordinated effort by local authorities, national police and Interpol, they were rescued and their captors apprehended. In a Facebook post after the horrific ordeal, Delorean claimed that “the threat of death was real.” They postponed their remaining dates tour dates, including the Oct. 22 gig in Philly at the First Unitarian Church.

That drama behind them, Delorean has again hit the road. Apar, their third and most cohesive LP to date, was dropped a month before Mutek and channels their indie rock upbringing. It features carefully measured song craft, straying away from their earlier sample-saturated work. / DANIEL GELB

8pm. $13-$15. With Mas Ysa. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
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