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ROCK AC Acoustics The Arches, Sun 30 May.
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Adam and Joe, Gail Porter and a cold arse, John Peel and The Delgados — some things just belong together. When the veteran Radio 1 DJ announces The Delgados at their BBC Music Live gig, it will be the latest in a string of encounters. The Glasgow band have already featured in Peely’s Sound Of The Suburbs telly programme, topped his Festive 50 listener’s poll and played in his garden to celebrate his wife’s birthday. They even appeared on the same episode of The Jack Docherty Show.
But all this attention is well-deserved. 1998's Pe/oton album was one of the year's best, ranking up there with Mercury Rev's Deserter’s Songs and Air's Moon Safari in many critic’s polls.
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A cohesive and inventive blend of indie rock and atmospheric folk, Peloton is at once melancholy and utterly up- lifting. It took the band well beyond the status of being just another decent local act.
Now, The Delgados are working on a follow up (pencilled in for an October release), and intend to play new material at their Glasgow gig and forthcoming T in the Park performance. However, fans of Peloton should not expect more of the same.
‘We all loved that album, but we're not going to be happy making Peloton Mark Two,’ says the band’s Alun Woodward. ’The next one will use Peloton as a benchmark. We've got a pretty strict quality control, so we wouldn’t release a rubbish album. This is too important to us.’
It looks like the new material will be as much of a progression from Peloton as that album was from their debut, Domestiques. Certainly, the band are continuing to develop their use of instrumentation.
’We’re going to be using a brass section, mandolin, harp and dulcimer,’ says Woodward. ’But, don't worry, it’s not going to be pagan rock!
When not pushing the indie envelope, The Delgados also run Chemikal Underground records, home to Mogwai among others. Two recent signings, Suckle and the Radar Brothers, will release albums before the end of the year. (Peter Ross)
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