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Sound of Delphic

Polydor-signed Manchester band comes third on the BBC's Sound of 2010 list

  • 06/01/2010
  • Georgie Rogers

We had The Drums in fifth place, Hurts in fourth, and now we can reveal that the third act in the top 5 of the BBC's influential Sound of 2010 shortlist is...Delphic.

They are one of the more established bands in the top 5 with their debut album, Acolyte, in stores from Monday (11 January).

The hyped trio rose from the ashes of Manchester band Snowfight In The City Centre and slowly built a fan base playing support slots with everyone from Kasabian to Orbital, and Doves to The Streets.

However, while they welcome the number three slot, they're feeling a little cautious about too much media attention.

Richard Boardman said: "The word backlash has more realness than the word hype for us.  There’s a danger and there’s nothing we can do about it.

"We are just who we are. We’ve already written these songs and we’re still learning how to play some of them live so, to be hyped and then to be backlashed is just one of those crazy things that can happen, but hopefully we can just live up to it and be better."

He says the list's track record for predicting success stories adds to the pressure on artists, highlighted in 2009, but bandmate Matt Cocksedge says it's still valuable.

"It’s alerting people to new music straight away, which can only really be a good thing," he explained. "The fact that it’s become a bigger deal can only be a good thing for those involved. People are being made aware of good new music."

Unlike the duo in fourth place, Hurts, who have not yet played live, Delphic have already graced the UK festival circuit with slots at T in the Park, Reading and Leeds, Creamfields and Bestival.

An MTV champion...

Matt Cook, Director of Music Programming and Artist Relations at MTV UK, was one of the industry tastemakers who contributed to the BBC survey.

His number one choice was Delphic, a band he fell in love with after seeing them live, describing their sound as, "very loud, very bright, quite dark at the same time. It’s uplifting, it’s melancholic but it’s exciting as well. They’ve got everything really."

While the band say that they were inspired by all that was wrong about music in Manchester and a need to break free of the city's impressive musical heritage, Cook reckons the city’s history has still fed into their sound.

"I think there’s some reference points from previous, great Manchester bands like New Order and Doves, some of the best moments from them you can hear within their work.

"Also bands like Underworld, but whether it’s from Manchester or London or Liverpool, they’re just a great band," he said.

Full coverage: Sound of 2010

More on the BBC Sound of 2010 longlist.

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You can download 4 of their songs for free if you find them on twitter. delphicmusic I can't wait to hear them! Thanks for the great article.

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