Delphic: Manchester Club Academy

“Delphic could be the best new band in Manchester” according to the Guardian, and who knows maybe they will be. This four piece from Manchester returned home to play at the University’s Club Academy and though not sold out you’d be forgiven for not noticing – the venue was packed.

Delphic in their current form have been on the music scene for the best part of two years now but they are by any means “new”. Before 2007 you would have seen vocalist James Cook and fellow band members Matt Cocksedge and Richard Boardman under the name of Snowfight in the City Centre, who at the time were compared to the likes of Nine Black Alps and the Longcut and tipped to be the “next best thing from Manchester” so it’s of no coincidence that as Delphic their hard work continues to pay off. It seems that whatever form they take success is sure to follow.

Fast forward to October 2009 and Delphic have already released their first two singles Counterpoint and This Momentary on Polydor, toured the UK’s biggest festivals (Leeds, Reading, T in the Park and Bestival to name a few) and gathered themselves a solid fan base along the way. Tonight’s crowd is no exception and need no encouragement in getting energized up for the night ahead.

As the lights dim the audience warmly applauds Delphic onto the stage who begin their set with Clarion Call and some familiars to those who have Delphic live before such as Doubt, Halcyon and Submission. The lighting throughout is fantastic and truly reflective of the energy and complexity of each of their songs making capturing them on camera more than a little tricky. Anyone here to see Delphic on the back of their singles alone won’t leave disappointed as the band push towards the end of the set with a back to back of This Momentary and Counterpoint before leaving the stage to roaring cheers and applause from an electric crowd who only want more. The band oblige and return to finish the night off with an extended version of Red Lights.

Delphic play in an incredibly organic way with their songs blending into one continuous set. In fact they don’t use set lists which I discovered afterwards when trying to get hold of one from a guy on the sound desk. In his words they “just do what feels right”. Every sound created, every press of a button, strum of a guitar or beat of a drum is thoughtful and focused, not repetitive or meaningless. They don’t jump around on stage and they don’t need too; their energy comes from doing what they do best, making music and pulling off a show that was even better than the last.

Delphic return to Manchester in December supporting Doves with Super Furry Animals at Manchester Central on Friday 18th and will end 2009 performing a DJ set at the Warehouse Project (Manchester) on New Years Eve. With their first album release on the horizon 2010 looks sure to be a good year.

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