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Wednesday, 12 December, 2001, 09:20 GMT
My Music: Delta
Delta: Buzz band after a decade of struggles
Delta: Buzz band after a decade of struggles
Starting life as 1980s indie favourites The Sea Urchins, Delta have been waiting to get their songs heard by music fans for a decade.

They recently won admirers with single Could You, a laid-back slice of pure guitar pop, while a buzz is gathering about their album, Hard Light, due next spring.

One of the band's longest-serving members, Bird, tells BBC News Online about Delta and the music that influenced them.

How would you describe your music?

Sometimes it's dark and heavy, sometimes it's big and grandiose, sometimes it's gentle and sweet. We stretch ourselves in all directions.

Why are music fans ready to embrace you now?

I get the sense that people are looking for things with a bit more gritty realism to them. If you look at Spiritualised and Mercury Rev, they've made massive albums with strings all over them - we do some of that but also we still want to be a rock band. If you see us live, we're not a million miles away from your White Stripes of this world on some songs.

What was the most recent album you bought?

It could be Graham Coxon - I rate that very highly. Good drummer.

Do you take much notice of other new rock music?

I have a fairly big interest but if you ask James [Roberts, singer and guitarist], he would say that he'll just absorb whatever's on kid's TV and Radio 1. If he hears something that he likes, he won't go and buy it, he'll just think to himself that he can write something better.

Where would you be more at home - on BBC Radio 1's Evening Session or on CD:UK?

Probably more on the Evening Session.

Where do you most like listening to music and why?

In my living room because you can just chop and change.

What songs do you sing in the bath?

I occasionally sing football songs in the bath, but I'm not particularly proud of it.

Are there any songs that you can't listen to because they remind you of things you'd rather forget?

Oh yeah, but they change from time to time. It depends on who the last girlfriend was and what her favourite tunes were.

What was the first record you ever bought?

Me and my brother used to buy them between us and it would be something like Absolutely by Madness or The Eton Rifles by The Jam.

Are there any songs that get you fired up to go on stage or into the studio?

In the live situation, it's always good to watch a band that you really enjoy before you go on to play - that gets you fired up. We just did six dates with Grand Drive - they were quite inspiring.

Which song by another artist do you wish you had written?

I Am The Walrus by The Beatles.

Which song from the last 12 months is likely to gain classic status?

Probably that bloody Kylie Minogue record. I don't think we're going to get away from that song for years. It's a good record but it bugs you when it's everywhere.

Have you had a chance to do schmoozing with celebs yet?

We've met a few people but we're not the hob-nobbing types, really. We've met Noel and Liam backstage at a [Paul] Weller gig. Noel's alright. Weller's alright. Not sure about Liam. I've met Tim Burgess a few times before and he seems pretty sound.

Is there anybody you particularly want to work with?

I'd like to meet the Super Furries. They're the band that we aspire to be like them more than any other at the moment. Although it's not that much of a big deal - we're not aping them in any way.

If you organised a festival, who would be on the bill?

I'd stick the Super Furries on there, probably for a bit of contrast we'd get the White Stripes and Mercury Rev on there. Get Neil Young to do a solo spot. That would keep me happy.

Are there any new bands you can recommend to people?

There's this local band called Misty's Big Adventure. If they don't do anything then I'll eat my hat. They're doing some tracks at the moment and Bentley Rhythm Ace are producing. They're phenomenal live. They're a nine or a ten-piece, depending on whether they get the second trumpet player. But they're like nothing you've ever seen.

Do you visit any music websites?

I haven't got a PC but when I have access to one, I have a look at and occasionally browse around on Amazon.

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