Kobadelta, Remain Distracted EP.
It's like an order not to pay attention. Clever that...
Kobadelta are full of clever little bits & bobs like that - a tricksy little riff that makes you sit up, a beat that gets you desk-tapping or an abstract line that gets you thinking, like Repetition's 'they worship that cursed kaleidoscope, choke down on your own tie-die T-shirt' - a nod to those who are quick to pigeonhole the band as 'psychedelic'.
Yes there are elements, a jangling guitar here and there, an echo of The Doors even, but there's so much more to this band. A bucketload of talent for a start, and an intensity that owes more to the likes of QOTSA or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club than it does to the 60s. It's all quite dark and intense with laidback and languid vocals, moody melodies and a certain brooding beauty in the lyrics - plus a handy safety notice to 'be careful when you're swimming after dark in the bayou' (those rarely-mentioned waterways can be dangerous places).
Dark and brooding indie psych rock is how the Newcastle five-piece describe themselves, and that sits pretty well. Especially the dark bit. There's something very atmospheric in its blackness, a sound that's coming through strongly at the moment with the likes of Royal Blood, Drenge and the North East's own Goy Boy McIlroy, coupled with a bluesy American tinge
Remain Distracted's four tracks journey from the eerily sensual Siam with it's scorchingly descriptive lyrics 'like chocolate in a child's pocket on the hottest day since records began' through to The Heretic's 'I'm a Buddhist when it suits me, Satanic on a Tuesday'. There's a certain playfulness to the lyrics in between the intensely dark stuff, with a touch of early Kasabian before they disappeared firmly up their own backsides and some pretty spectacular bass.
The standout track for me is Repetition. It encapsulates all this band are about with its big beats, dramatically soaring guitars and deep lyrics delivered with a driven intensity. Give me the arms of Venus De Milo, singer Dom implores. Impossible? Reckon that's the idea. Have a listen below. You can even download it for free if you like it....
Kobadelta are going places. High profile support slots for bands like Temples along with critical acclaim and a rapidly growing reputation for blow-the-roof-off live performances are helping the band to gain momentum. Go see them if you get the chance and enjoy them while they're still relatively undiscovered.
And remember to be careful when you're swimming after dark in the bayou.