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Big Black Delta

Straddling genre lines, Big Black Delta’s (Jonathan Bates - formerly the frontman of genre-gobbling trio Mellowdrone) debut full-length is a darkly romantic collection of songs, tied together with a through-line of ear-shattering electronics and roaring walls of drums and guitar.  ‘Side of the Road’ features Bates’ modulated creepy/soul vocals over a crunchy, dark disco stomp, whilst on ‘Huggin & Kissin’ he takes the listener on a journey from lust to love and back again. Slinky after-hours burner ‘Into the Night’ sees Bates tapping into his inner romantic, luxuriating in a sea of bells, synths and bass.  From the frenetic sonic attack of ‘IFUCKINGLOVEYOU’ to the heartfelt duet ‘Dreary Moon’ (featuring M83’s Morgan Kibby) to the ambient soundscape of ‘PB3’, it’s a difficult beast to name - let alone fully grasp.

As if to drive home his no-holds-barred creative pursuit, the live setup includes Bates on vocals, alongside duelling drummers and an elaborate rig of strobe lights. Happy to be a solo artist, Bates sees Big Black Delta as a flexible entity- able to expand in any direction. He excitedly describes a track off the forthcoming album, evoking the likes of Pantera, Will Ferrell and zombies.  If it sounds heavy - or a bit of absurd - well, that’s exactly what he’s is going for. “That’s why I love this project, because I can write any song I want to,” he says. “How can you take me seriously? I don’t care if you don’t…. the record is me.”

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Side of the Road
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