Despite not having yet released a full LP; everyone seems to have an opinion about the Black Delta Movement (or at least an interest in their sound). Probably one of the most interesting comments to date is the comparison of this band to a love child of Tame Impala and Oasis. For what the four-piece band from Kingston-Upon-Hull lack in physical LP releases, they make up with touring experience. They have supported Jefferson Airplane (1969 Woodstock legends), The Stranglers, Kaiser Chiefs and Shaun Ryder to name a few. Baz Warne from the current line up of The Stranglers said that the Black Delta Movement “had a swagger and a style that belied their years (and that) they can really rock”. XS Noize sought to find this out for themselves as Black Delta Movement played an exclusive gig at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch, London.
Considering Black Delta Movement, at least officially, are relatively unknown, an excitement surrounds them. Despite beginning their set almost an hour later than scheduled, an excited audience waited with a growing ecstatic patience for the Black Delta Movement to perform. Opening with Rome, one was introduced to a sound which united all the elements of the Stone Roses, early Charlatans and Kula Shaker in an indie gaze utopia. An impressive and captivating sound, yet surprising since their opener did not match their attire of black which is more readily associated with Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club.
Southlands followed Rome, the antithesis of Rome, the first track performed introducing the audience to the psychedelic aspects of the band. Drawing their influences from Temples, Black Delta Movement retained the bulwark of their garage rock sound, yet fused the two influences together well. Charlie Don’t Surf also had a similar sound (as well as a brilliant music video) and draws influences from Noel Gallagher’s Who Built the Moon? Seven Circles offered you a glimpse of how The Cooper Temple Clause would have sounded if they ever meshed their sound with psychedelic influences. It would have been a tenacious and curious experiment, and with a wonderful psychedelic themed promotional video, Black Delta Movement deftly explored the full potential. Hunting Ground also drew heavily from psychedelic influences and albeit more up-tempo, uses a riff similar to the one Johnny Marr used in The Smith’s How Soon Is Now? There are also indirect, but welcomed influences from Kasabian here.
The majority of the set presented the Black Delta Movement as a garage rock band drawing heavily from psychedelic influences; nonetheless, there was a significant number of tracks that diverted from this successful and crowd-pleasing formula. Medusa strongly resembles the Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club’s Red Eyes and Tears but is a heavier, faster testosterone filled track. Let The Rain Come, has a heavy sound not dissimilar to Queens of the Stone Age’s Go with the Flow. Black Delta Movement make it their own by injecting their unique psychedelic improvisations. Most unique of all was King Mosquito. The Distillers meets Bloc Party’s Helicopter. An unlikely (probably unintended) mixture, absent of psychedelia worked surprisingly well.
Butterfly, the bands only track which extended to well over six minutes, played out the Strongroom bar set. Butterfly Injected Black Delta Movement’s signature psychedelic interpretation gigs goers had warmed too. Opening lyrics, “I think it’s time I touch the sky, it makes me feel alive” captivated the atmosphere. Black Delta Movement truly swaggered and rocked Strongroom. Despite being around since 2010, the story of Black Delta Movement is only just beginning, much anticipation is guaranteed when they release their debut album Preservation on 3rd August 2018.