Delphic set to rock the Junction in Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 09:25 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:16 11 May 2010

APPARENTLY the dictionary definition of Delphic is enigmatic or ambiguous . But there is certainly nothing ambiguous about the trajectory of the Mancunian band s musical career at the moment. For Delphic have already made big waves this year, being named

APPARENTLY the dictionary definition of Delphic is "enigmatic or ambiguous".

But there is certainly nothing ambiguous about the trajectory of the Mancunian band's musical career at the moment.

For Delphic have already made big waves this year, being named runners up in the Brits Awards critics choice category, snatching a place on the BBC's coveted "Sound of 2010" list, and releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Acolyte.

If you haven't heard them, Delphic sound a bit like a euphoric version of legendary electromeisters New Order. Imagine Blue Monday remixed by The Chemical Brothers or William Orbit, and you'll begin to get a flavour of Acolyte.

The band's Matt Cocksedge said: "With a lot of dance albums, you search out the singles but the rest is all a bit samey and boring. We wrote the album as a whole and weren't afraid to lower the tempos and concentrate on the songs.

"There's a challenge set down by Manchester's heritage, and we want to look at how that applies to us, where to take that legacy, even surpass it," he added.

So far it seems they are more than up to the challenge, and indeed Acolyte, bolstered by singles such as Counterpoint and the explosive Clarion Call.

Comprising Matt, his brother Rick, and friend James Cook, Delphic first started making music together in their flat, armed only with a lap top.

It's a different story when they take to the stage, with Matt adding guitar and James playing the bass and providing the vocals, while drummer Dan Hadley joins them to augment the group's sound.

This gives Delphic's live shows a whole added dimension, and the group first began to grab the attention last year during a relentless touring schedule, which saw them accompany Orbital, Friendly Fires, and La Roux at gigs around the country, as well as playing some of the big festivals.

Reflecting on the cross-over appeal of the groups work, which has seen them pick up a following in both the dance and indie communities, Matt said: "We played Creamfields and an Annie Mac club night but we also did the more traditional Reading Festival. We can flit between the two worlds."

James added: "People take what they want from the gigs. If you're standing down the front then maybe it's more of a rave but if you're standing at the back you can chin-stroke to your heart's content."

So if you fancy a rave, a chin-stroke, or simply want a cracking night out, Delphic will be playing the Junction in Cambridge on Tuesday March 16. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £9 if purchased in advance. To book call the box office on 01223 511 511, or visit

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