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.
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: I don’t really like the psychedelic thing much because that just seems to be the hip thing to be at the minute
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.
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.
Alex: I think that’s another one where we just kind of sat and started it acoustically
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.
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: 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.
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?