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Wiltshire singer lives the dream
By Ian Longdon
BBC Wiltshire

Delphic: James Cook, Matt Cocksedge, Richard Boardman

When it comes to Chippenham's musical heritage, the town will always be remembered for its connection to singer Eddie Cochran.

The sixties star died after a car accident on the Bath Road and now a musician who grew up just yards from the scene is in the spot-light.

James Cook, 27, is the lead singer of electric-indie band Delphic who have been tipped for huge success in 2010.

The trio's debut album, Acolyte, entered the charts at number eight.

James, who also plays bass, was brought up in Rowden Road and went to Ivy Lane and Sheldon schools as well as Wiltshire College in Chippenham.

Having been in bands around his home town, James moved to Manchester at the age of 20 for University, eventually meeting fellow band members Matt Cocksedge and Richard Boardman.

Delphic lead-singer James Cook

After trying to make it with previous groups, the three formed Delphic.

National media attention soon appeared with a host of experts tipping them to do well this year. An invite to appear on BBC 2's Later with Jools Holland was followed by Radio One putting 'Doubt' on its playlist.

The BBC's Sound of 2010 put Delphic third in its poll for artists to watch, whilst they finished a place higher in the Brits Critic's Choice.

It has been a whirlwind few months for James and Delphic, and for his family and friends back in Wiltshire.

"It is all rather overwhelming to be honest," he admitted. "When you're walking through a tube station in London and you see your advert its breathtaking.

Coming back and going to a place I used to visit when I was growing up was really important
James Cook, Delphic

"It's incredible to hear your songs on the radio. I had people texting me saying I've just heard 'Doubt' on Radio One.

"The buzz is always there, I'd be lying if I said that it wore off. Its great to see something you've put so much into up there."

The list of influences and comparisons is long. Delphic's sound has been likened to a mix of Friendly Fires, Doves, New Order, Electronic, Orbital, Underworld, Pet Shops Boys and Radiohead.

Their current UK tour sold out with more dates planned for March.

James says playing at the Thekla in Bristol was particularly special as so many people travelled from Chippenham.

"Coming back and going to a place I used to visit when I was growing up was really important, seeing all of those faces there from jobs I used to work in, from school, from bands I used to be in."

Delphic pride themselves on their live sound. The set rarely stops in between tracks and James admits it is something they take very seriously.

"When we were writing the album we used to go to a few clubs in Manchester and we'd watch the DJ's, and more importantly watch the crowd and see how they reacted to the set, how he'd build it up and drop it down.

"So instead of breaking in between every song, we thought we would keep it really minimal and really slick and keep it going throughout the set."

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