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Characterised as “gloriously out of step with the rest of Scottish music”, Delta Mainline’s idiosyncratic blend of dream pop, psychedelia-infused garage rock, and hypnotic soundscapes has brought invitations to tour and perform with the likes of Moon Duo, Micah P. Hinson, Elephant Stone, The Warlocks, Spindrift, Exit Calm and The Telescopes, plus widespread critical acclaim from the UK music press and beyond.
The band’s eagerly-anticipated debut single “Vultures” was released in August 2015 on a limited 7” coloured vinyl run throughFox Box Records. Recorded at Chem 19 Studios and mastered by Geoff Pesche (Aphex Twin, Blur) at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, the single, featuring the Cairn String Quartet (Echo & The Bunnymen, Young Fathers), included remixes by Miaoux Miaoux and Remember Remember. The accompanying music video, launched via Clash and The 405, saw Danish directorJonas Bak use a brutalist city backdrop to explore the aching loneliness and ennui of urban isolation. Vultures was also licensed to Action for Children for their 2016 campaign, premiering on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.
Delta Mainline released their debut album “Oh! Enlightened” in 2013 through Rehab Sound (UK) and Halcyon Records (North America) to unanimous critical acclaim – most notably from Uncut, Q Magazine, Artrocker, The Scotsman, and God Is in the TV. Engineered and co-produced by David McAulay (Mogwai, Mike Heron) at the legendary Chem 19 Studios over two years, and mastered at Universal Studios Canada Inc., the result is an album rich with texture and tinged with healthy doses of psychedelia, which tumbles from atmospheric soundscapes to vibrant bursts of melody. The band celebrated the release with a UK headline tour and live session on BBC Radio Scotland with Vic Galloway.
Further notable radio play has included Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Amazing Radio, with the latter’s Jim Gellatly -“the voice of new music in Scotland” – championing Delta Mainline as “a band at the top of their game”, having previously labelled them as one of the country’s finest live acts. This live sound was successfully captured on debut EP “In a World Full of Madness, the Simple Joy of Melody Can Pull You Through” (produced by Rehab Sound and mastered byCHVRCHES’ Iain Cook), as the songs cascade from delicate, gospel-tinged melodies to intense sonic experimentation.
Previously, the band were showcased amongst “the cream of the guitar-based psychedelia-influenced crop” (Drowned in Sound) by way of their appearance on compilation ‘Strung Out Volume One’ with Caribou, The Brian Jonestown Massacre andSpectrum. Meanwhile, self-released track “Harbour Haven Light” was licensed to CNN to soundtrack a documentary broadcast worldwide, whilst the band have travelled from the Scottish Highlands to the South of England on the festival circuit since their inaugural outing at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in 2013. The Edinburgh Evening News subsequently identified Delta Mainline as one of three Scottish artists set to make a ‘big impact’.
Delta Mainline will perform at Glasgow’s O2 ABC and St Luke’s this autumn in between completing their second full-length album, due for release in 2017. Recorded between Edinburgh’s Chamber and Castlesound Studios, this typically uncompromising sophomore effort promises to be the most high- reaching release to-date by a remarkably ambitious DIY collective of long-term friends.< Back