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Delphi's good life
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: April 24, 2013 at 8:07 am
Delphic will perform in Bangkok on Monday.
James Cook, Matt Cocksedge and Richard Boardman don't actually hail from the mythical Delphi as the band's name suggests, but a little further to the west: Stockport, England.
As one of the most exciting electronic acts of today, Delphic came third place in the BBC's Sound of 2010, the same year that their critically acclaimed debut, Acolyte, came out.
Last year, Delphic's song Good Life was chosen as one of the five official London Olympic songs, but an even bigger celebration came earlier this year when Delphic released their much-anticipated second album, Collections.
Known for putting on exhilarating live shows, Delphic is scheduled to set Bangkok alight on Monday.
Vocalist and bassist James Cook talked to Life before his band's first gig in Bangkok.
Hello, how are you doing?
Hello! I'm doing well, thanks. It is evening here and I've just been catching up with the latest episode of A Game Of Thrones.
What was the process of making Collections? Did it differ from Acolyte?
We struggle to make things easy for ourselves, and that's probably the only similarity we can find between the two albums. The songs on Collections were made around ideas that could flow and feel naturally at home if broken down to just a piano or guitar. We didn't really work like that on Acolyte, which, in hindsight, felt like a more disjointed process where one of us would make a loop, another would make a melody and the third would add a lyric. Ideas were batted about between the three of us.
Collections sounds more sombre than your first album, was it your intention to change direction?
Collections is slower and more mature in content, that's for sure, but I think the most important thing that we wanted to establish is that we're not willing to play our fanbase for fools. We want to challenge perceptions at a time when three guys playing guitars and keyboards can only seem to be perceived as a "band". We've never really looked at ourselves as a band, and more than a change in direction, we see it as an introduction to the world of Delphic.
What has the reception for Collections been like so far?
We've been able to build an army! An army of "post dancers". Since the release of Collections, some really strong groups of fans have held their heads up, and that's the greatest reception we could've hoped for.
What was it like for you to have Good Life chosen as one of the Olympics songs?
You know, 2012 was a great year in so many different ways. Recording and having some great times making the record in Atlanta, some of the best albums that we've heard for many years were released, a memorable year of sport and especially in the UK, after the rioting and unrest we experienced in 2011, it was amazing to see humankind coming together. To be involved in that year in any small way was a real honour.
You placed third in the BBC's annual poll in 2010. What do you think of the poll? Do you follow it every year?
As with most polls, they set out with the best intentions, but then they start to follow the hype. We even felt overhyped by the music press, and that isn't fair for any new artist coming through. We do still follow it, it's hard not to in the UK, but I'm not sure how relevant it is. Sometimes they can get it spot on _ Frank Ocean 2012, Laura Mvula 2013 _ both releasing albums, singles in the year following, but at other times it feels they base their votes on nothing more than hype and newspaper inches, not saying any names.
Have your live shows evolved over the years?
We've recently brought in a bass player to solidify the rhythm section live, and this really helps the dynamic. Also, we've brought more of a hip hop influence to the live show by incorporating tunes from Collections into the set. That makes it really fun because we can now create more of an up and down journey throughout the show.
What can we expect from your gig in Bangkok? What do you expect from us?
You should expect a continuous set with little time to catch your breath. We expect dancing... lots of it.
Delphic Live in Bangkok is on Monday at Route 66, RCA. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost 1,500 baht, but 1,800 baht at the door. Visit www.thaiticketmajor.com for tickets and more information.