Tiring of the music they were making in their previous bands, the Manc trio Richard Boardman (multi-instrumentalist), Matthew Cocksedge (guitar) and James Cook (vocals / bass) joined forces in 2008 with a simple motto: The guitar is dead, long live the guitar, as they wanted to blur the boundaries between indie and electronics until preconceived notions of genre have lost all meaning. Also eulogized as The sound of the past, the present and the future + Electronic music with soul, the group told Clash: We quickly moved into a flat together and set about getting to work. When we first started the band, we relocated to a little cottage in the Lake District with no TV or distractions, in order to write and conceptualise what would be our debut album. It was very much our aim to make an album as a whole rather than a collection of songs. Wed been to a few different producers, and to be honest, this time last year we were panicking. Wed written the bulk of the record and attempted to record it. We were confident about doing it ourselves and we tried to do it ourselves, but it didnt quite work.
Adding: We tried to work with Tom Rowland from The Chemical Brothers, who is obviously one of our heroes. What he did was brilliant, but to be honest, it wasnt right for us. The same with Paul Hartnoll from Orbital. Then we thought Oh God, what will we do? We really struggled to finish it, until we were all arguing and almost ready to give up. Then someone from R&S got hold of the stems from one of our early demos and sent them to Ewan Pearson. Then we got this email with the mix attached and listened to it, then breathed a sigh of relief. Ewan had just got it, really understood what we were about. So we packed up and went to Berlin. Having also appeared on Later... with Jools Holland and been shortlisted as one of the 15 music acts for the BBC Sound Of 2010, some noteworthy reviews for Acolyte include music writer Lou Thomas, who suggested that it might just be the first great album of 2010. While The Independents Simon Price sung the records praises by pronouncing: Its on kissing terms with magnificence.
With regard to the groups moniker, their friend and touring drummer, Dan Hadley, was the person who christened the trio Delphic, but has never revealed to any of them where the name actually comes from. With James addressing the album and song titles by declaring: For Acolyte, we have our own meaning; we've adapted it in a way we want. Its meaning as a follower or believer is right, but not in the Christian sense of the word. We just love the sound of certain words, consonants, vowels etc. And if you could live inside records, then Acolyte would surely be something that was shiny, spacious and salubrious. Its also an LP which when twinned with Delphics arms aloft euphoric live shows, will give people like myself, who were never able to experience the Hacienda and Madchester scene firsthand, the chance to feel what music fans must have been feeling during that seminal period. So let the good times roll!
Rapidly turning into an important part of Manchesters ever-fertile musical community, I wrote to Delphic to see what all the fuss is about
1.As a primarily electronic-based group, what draws you to this
type of music and of all your songs to date, is there one that you could
pinpoint as the prototype for Delphics sound?
A very special thanks to Delphic and to Jenn @ Chuff Media, for all of their time and help.