Deep Cricket Night
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Deep Cricket Night

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Band Rock Americana




"Roe Conn Prestents: Deep Cricket Night Live In-Studio Broadcast (9/26/19)"

Deep Cricket Night joins The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes.
Deep Cricket Night is a five cornered, pearly moonlight serenade unfurled headlong into the dawn with “Beggar’s Banquet” in your ride, Townes Van Zandt at your side, with an original, melodic sound. Musically, DCN builds their unique acoustic-electric sound with instrumentation highlighted by the tasteful & melodic lead guitar playing of Jaime Delgadillo and the lead vocal-lyrical strength of the band’s primary songwriter, Lance Drake. - WGN Radio AM 720

"Review of "Before Morning""

Review by Christopher Nosnibor

"I don't like cricket. Oh no. I live it. But what about Deep Cricket Night? The cover gives away very little indeed, but I'm a sucker for white on black with a Times New Roman font. Besides this, details are sparse. The band describe this as an EP, but with 8 tracks, I’d say it qualifies it as an album. But the fact that the tracklisting includes a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's classic 'The Killing Moon' certainly piqued my interest.

Oh, the disappointment! Country-tinged college rock with a violin and some particularly thin and slightly nasal vocals bursts forth from my speakers. They sound quite happy and rather excited to be making this song, but alas, the enthusiasm's not infectious.

But wait! Perhaps I misjudged this record. The opener is something of a decoy, and paves the way for more fragile, melancholic acoustic guitar-led songs punctuated with some brooding cello that adds both atmosphere and depth that are actually quite affecting in places, and the vocals – vaguely reminiscent of The Black Angels – become less nigglesome after a degree of exposure. Track 4, 'Through the Arches' is particularly moody, and features a dissonant ascending riff that's really quite gripping.

And what of the aforementioned cover: is it as good as the original? Or the version Pavement recorded for their ‘Major Leagues’ EP? No. It's not a radically different treatment, but stripped of the twelve-string intricacies, the clanging chord that follows the line 'killing time' and the riff in the mid-section, it's sadly lacking. But that said, it's still not bad. It's a great song anyway, and this recording is clearly affectionately done.

Closer, 'Pretty How Town' is a country-edged stomper, with gruff, brawling vocals and a swagger that evokes 'Roadhouse Blues' and works well.

So do I love Deep Cricket Night? Not yet, but this is a rounded and interesting release, and one that definitely has the potential to be a grower."

- Whisperin' & Hollerin' (Ireland)

"Deep Cricket Night's"

Illinois Entertainer review 10/01/2007
Category: Music

Deep Cricket Night's Honeymoon Tattoo is a concise document spelled out with low-slung moodiness and a delightfully crooked sense of melody. The slightest country twang encroaches upon the faint folk-rock rustle of "White Light Horses." The Middle-Eastern ambience present in the percussion and plucking on "Is This It?" is a surprising, even jarring juxtaposition, nestled next to the keening cello in "Oh Yeah." Lane Drake's withering vocals cut through the mix with the right touch of sawn-edge rawness, giving the album an emotional foundation and sonic anchor.
– Patrick Conlan - Illinois Entertainer

"Music Section Reviews 05/01/2008"


Local act Deep Cricket Night opens a wormhole between the 1890s and 1990s, amplifying American roots for alternative rock radio. It often brings to mind Pearl Jam going jug band, but successfully blurs the line between garage rock and barn jam. - Time Out Chicago


NEWEST RELEASE: 2019 - Blue Insomnia Hex - Release Date November 1st

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2016 - "Swimming Heart"
released 5/22/16

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2008-"Before Morning" EP released 10/24/08

Links to purchase at: CD Baby & iTunes


2007-"Honeymoon Tattoo" EP released 9/07
Links to purchase at: CD Baby & iTunes


2006 Self-titled EP released 9/06. Can be downloaded for FREE at:

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Deep Cricket Night is an all-original Chicago based band that's recently released their 5th record: Blue Insomnia Hex.

Deep Cricket Night is a five cornered, pearly moonlight serenade unfurled headlong into dawn with "Beggar’s Banquet" in your ride and Townes Van Zandt at your side.

DCN's distinct sound is a blend of melodic musicianship that's highlighted by songwriting with lyrical teeth. They mix indie, alt country, Americana, rock and dark folk into a sound and style all their own and comprised of Lance Drake (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Various Mountain Instruments), Jaime Delgadillo (Lead Guitar/Dobro/Backing Vocals), Greg MacAyeal (Bass), Bill Skafish (Drums/Percussion) and Dave Buoscio (Piano/Organ).

Musically, DCN builds their unique acoustic-electric sound with an instrumentation highlighted by the tasteful & melodic lead guitar playing of Jaime Delgadillo and the lead vocal-lyrical strength of the band's primary songwriter, Lance Drake.

PAST PERFORMANCES: Montrose Saloon, Fitzgerald's, The Roe Conn Show (WGN 720 AM),  Reggie's, Edgewater Arts Festival, Uncommon Ground, Martyrs’,The Abbey Pub, Quencher’s, The Hideout, Elbo Room, Red Line Tap, Goose Island, Bernice’s, Cary’s Lounge, Lighthouse Tavern, The Green Festival at Navy Pier (Chicago), Continental Club (Austin,TX), The Frequency (Madison, WI), Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN), Radio Radio (Indianapolis, IN), various clubs in Bloomington, Indiana and Ribfest Chicago 2011.

DCN's Focus: Club & fest dates (opening & headlining) along with regional tours of the Midwest and beyond while expanding its fan base and seeking to pursue local and college radio airplay.

DCN has enjoyed extensive radio play on Chicago's own WGN, WXRT and WLUW.

Band Members