It had been six years since Soul Asylum has issued a new album. But as evidenced by the arrival of Delayed Reaction (the group's first release for 429 Records), the wait was most certainly worth it. Fans will be happy to discover the group's trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact, and that they've turned back the clock to the good old days when full albums actually mattered - rather than just a smattering of singles padded with filler.
Originally formed in 1983 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Soul Asylum has consistently issued heartfelt and passionate rock n' roll, first starting out on indie Twin/Tone, before scoring two major hits on Columbia, 1992's Grave Dancers Union (including the hit single "Runaway Train") and 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine. And the group is one of the few rock acts that can say that they played a presidential inauguration, when they did so for Bill Clinton in 1993.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album Postmodern Rock quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Polara, The Jayhawks, Limbeck, Sing It Loud) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums New Infection and Turn It On.