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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Sheffield

It was on Monday 29th October that i caught my first glimpse of the new material. Having driven down from Leeds and sat nav blunders on the final mile, we arrived at the venue Plug at about 8:45

As we walked through the door, support act D/R/U/G/S was midway through his set. I have been listening to D/R/U/G/S since his appearance at Glastonbury in 2011 on the BBC Introducing Stage & this was the first time i had seen him live, a great start to what would be a great night.

The venue was very intimate, a 2 second walk to an empty bar (my idea of heaven at a gig). The DJ's playlist was a bit bizarre in between sets, playing Good Life (Lone Remix).

At 9:45 Delphic took to the stage with the new addition of Stuart Coleman on bass. Set opener was the Olympic soundtracked Good Life. A very brave move to open up with a new track, but one that went down well with the South Yorkshire crowd.

Following on from Good Life was live favourite Halcyon, which burst the place in to life. Another new track Baiya was up next and was received well with the crowd. It was during this time a group of chaps started singing an out of tune Bizarre Love Triangle (this won't be the last you hear of them).

My favourite live track Red Lights with its extended mix, mixed perfectly in to This Momentary, sadly the extended play didn't make a return on this tour.

New tracks Memeo & for me the stand out track Atlas are really well written and both start slow and build up to masterpieces. Bass driven by Stu. His addition works so well with Dan on drums, they work perfectly together and its as if they have been in a band for years not weeks.

I think it was during Clarion Call or Doubt when Sheffields answer to Bernard Sumner decided that everyone needed to hear what he thought of the band. So James told him straight, ''You don't like it, don't come''. Max & Paddy then ended up dealing with him and the rest of his motley crew & normal service was resumed.

The final two tracks of the night  Counterpoint the best record from Acolyte for me & finishes with Acolyte.

For me album two will be a slower number with rib shattering bass, less upbeat but a big change from Acolyte. A step in the right direction for me. Some people will complain that its not Acolyte 2, but look at the difference interms of albums from the likes of Radiohead, The Beatles etc.............The game changes & they were ahead of the game.

Roll on January when it makes its appearance.


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