Another of Newcastle’s finest, Kobadelta are a five piece psyche band from the North East and are here to tinge this kaleidoscopic genre with a little more black. They possess the uncanny ability to bring in all the surrealism of a Nick Cave nightmare to a predominantly rock sound, with QOSTA riffs, heavy toms and still manage to sound current and fresh.
Dom Noble’s vocals have a real affiliation with Alex Turner‘s tone, and he shares another thing with the Arctic Monkey‘s frontman; he also has the same knack of storytelling. Especially heard in The Tapestry; a gloriously grey and thundering track that leads you through a dark and gritty tale with theatrical flair.
The synths of Jordan Robson have the ability to cut through the humongous drums with their fading reverb that give the band their escapist sound. With their track When It Rains It Pours they use this synth as an extra textural layer to complete the blues filled, meaty sandwich Marley on bass provides.
The Brothers Malliris, with Alex on guitar and Chris on drums, provide the core of the band’s style and produce an authentic rock sound which paints the perfect background for the detailing lyrics. Die A Happy Man is a perfect example of this use of clever lyricism and full throttle power and left us wanting more of this deliciously heavy Americana sound.
With the boys having recently supported up-and-comers like Temples and Splashh we had a feeling that these boys were set to lead the rock charge this year and so thought we’d catch up with them before they started infiltrating the ears of the nation.
Kobadelta have been around for a couple of years now, how did the band begin?
Alex: We (Alex and Dom) were in a band together a while ago and it basically started off as us just writing songs together. We started off with acoustic stuff before we got the band together and then it just progressed from there. We still write the songs the same way as we always have in that Dom writes the lyrics and then we come up with the music together. There came a point a few years ago where we had to add a band. Everyone else in the band we knew though
Dom: Yeah we just filled it up with our mates really. We’re all friends and we wanted to be in a band so we made one. The rest is history.
From the reviews and features I’ve read online, the band are often described as having a psychedelic bluesy-rock sound, would you agree with that or would you prefer to be described differently?
Dom: I don’t really like the psychedelic thing much because that just seems to be the hip thing to be at the minute
Alex: Yeah it’s a buzz word at the minute. It’s not like everything is proper trippy or anything. There are elements of the sound like the guitar can sound quite eerie. It’s definitely more of the bluesy element though
Dom: We’ve been referenced to The Doors and Joy Division and I think we sound more like them than any psychedelic band. I think, really, we’re starting our own movement aren’t we?
You’re music is gaining a lot of attention from both independent and established music blogs – especially as you offer free downloads of your music? Do you think as you gain more of a following online you’ll continue this or are you planning to release an EP fans have to buy any time soon?
Alex: This time around because we are getting more attention we’ve started to think maybe we should make something of it like a vinyl or CD. I think people have sort of given us a chance because it is free. Next time I think we will release something and maybe give one or two tracks away for free.
Dom: It’s not really about the money though. I think if you’re going to put a price on being heard then it’s really going to affect your chances.
Alex: Right now, I think it’s just great getting to record and know that people are listening to it
In addition to that, every blog seems to absolutely love your track ‘When it rains it pours’. Can you tell me a little bit about the song?
Alex: For the music itself, it’s the first one we wrote with a keyboard in. Musically, I just wanted it to be quite heavy and big sounding. – Something that has a lot of power to it. It’s relatively slow but still had some heart behind it.
Dom: It’s just really about ‘things always happen’, so when it rains it just pours.
Similarly, you’ve recently released the B-side Tapestry. How would you describe the creative process for that? Did it grow naturally from previous releases?
Alex: I think that’s another one where we just kind of sat and started it acoustically
Dom: We’ve always done songs acoustically first and from that you kind of know how the full song is going to sound
Alex: It’s different when you get the band in. I love the vibe on the verses and then when it all kicks in there’s a shock to it. That song has got a pretty Doors-y feel to it.
Dom: It’s quite a hard to describe but it was a pretty natural progression.
As it’s Summer, do you have any big plans in terms of festivals or touring as this is quite a big time for that in the music industry?
Alex: We have been looking at festivals and usually we see a line up we’d like to get on but we’ve not had the chance.
Dom: It’s something we really need to start applying to for next year.
Alex: We seem to be getting a lot more attention from our recent tracks. I’m shocked by how many people are liking it and listening and writing stuff about them. Before that I don’t think that many people would have heard of us, we never really had a profile of any sort. We’ve got a gig at the Cluny that we’re putting on and we’re playing HMV at the end of the month too which is a weird one. I would like to do festivals next year though.
Dom: I really like how people are listening to us without being asked. So, hopefully that can propel us towards playing at a festival. The new material is going to be good though
The gig at the Cluny tonight? You’ve planned and organised that yourselves? Has that gone smoothly or have there been any problems?
Alex: Yeah, we’ve paid for the deposit and hopefully enough people will come to cover the cost of that. It’s £5 a ticket which is pretty cheap for a gig. I think the hardest thing was picking bands to play with. We’ve made posters, tried to get magazines to advertise it, posted about it on Facebook and Twitter. The promotion side of it is something I’ve really enjoyed doing actually.
Dom: Some promoters just aren’t good at their job. They put bands together and book it but then you put in all the work trying to get people there and they make all the money.
Alex: It’s gone surprisingly smoothly.
Dom: It’s made us really want to do more promotion ourselves in the future because that way we actually get to meet other bands and do some networking.
As a band would you say you all get along well or is there someone who takes charge and says right, we’re going to rehearse now or we’re playing here on this date, cancel all other plans?
Dom: Alex is the main organiser of the band. It’s quite diplomatic in that Alex asks if we’re all free at a certain time and then it goes from there. Sometimes the bass player is a bit mad though.
Alex: It is more me in charge when it comes to getting everyone together.
Dom: We need Alex, not just for playing guitar but to sort everything else like booking gigs What have been your highlights as a band so far and what have been the lowest points? Is there any interesting/embarrassing stories you can share?
Alex: I would say supporting Temples. They were talking to us and didn’t have a sort of ego thing where they thought they were better than us. People also seem to be impressed by it as well.
Dom: When we played, I think we played it really well but when we played for Splashh – they are a mint band I didn’t think it went that well
Alex: I felt that it put a lot of pressure on us to be good, more so because there was a lot of people there. Temples was more relaxed. A low point would probably be last year in February when our bass player moved away. We had gigs booked and we had no bass player. We got our friend and new bass player in but it took a few months to re-adjust and get things sorted.
What is the next step for you as a band – where would you like to be in a year or so?
Alex: We want to put out a single or an EP on vinyl. Vinyl’s a bit more special because people have a reason to buy it.
Dom: Just build our fan base really and get more people listening to us.
Alex: I really want to play further afield than Newcastle though like Manchester or London and test the water and play to new people. Obviously we have bigger aspirations for the future but right now we’ve just got to take it as it comes.
If they continue to churn out home spun eerie blues, with witty lyrics and crashing riffs we’re sure they are going to be a touring success very soon. If you have the opportunity to go to see these boys and their dark blend of indie psyche you’ll be glad you let yourself fall into their world.