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Kobadelta are a Newcastle-based five-piece that are making bigger and bigger waves in 2013.
Kobadelta are a Newcastle-based five-piece that are making bigger and bigger waves in 2013.

Amidst a cascade of shimmering synths and brooding riffs, Newcastle five-piece Kobadelta have burst onto our radar with an onslaught of viscous, blues-ridden psychedelica in the form of When It Rains It Pours. The latest addition to our Singles Bar is fresh out of my own back yard and oozes an intoxicating brand of rock ‘n’ roll, bringing to the boil a plethora of blues influences to create a conglomerate of heavy, methodical rock.

Kobadelta have started to make waves this year thus far. They’ve shared the stage with some of the most promising outfits of 2013, Splashh, Popstrangers and Temples to name a few. This has undoubtedly contributed to the impressive refinement of their rhyolitic sound, and with When It Rains It Pours, a doomed motif is the nucleus of a seamless interaction between clean, pensive guitars and mammoth, bass-driven riffs. It’s extremely well constructed, and bipolarizes glimmers of optimism with downright lugubriousness. From the synths that shimmer from the outset to the hugely impressive bridge, where candidly strong vocals urge over a retrospective, clean guitar, When It Rains It Pours spreads like a fever.

Tapestry is by no means a support act either, and acts as an equally integral part on the double A-Side. The chorus booms in a dungeon of distortion after a rhythmic groove and a pondering drumbeat lulls you into a false sense of security. Again, the vocal strength is clear, particularly in a desperate outro that showcases the tightness of the band through subtle guitar and synth licks and a brash, circular, bass-fuzzed riff. It has the capacity to hypnotize and pound simultaneously, and brings more influences into the fray. The Doors spring to mind, as do The Black Keys, but this seldom-heard sound is a motif that is 100% authentic.

This is a very compelling arrangement, and worth keeping several tabs on. Watch this space!

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