MUSIC- Deltasonic turns 15 years young

Hidden Charms Press Photo

Music is a fickle business. Bands come, bands go, labels start up, labels declare bankruptcy. Not least at the indie end of the spectrum.

With that in mind, any outfit or organisation that manages to reach the decade and a half mark is clearly doing something very right indeed, and should be given a pat on the back. As such it’s unsurprising to hear a lot of pats on a lot of backs drifting on the wind from the direction of Liverpool, as one of Britain’s most iconic imprints begins to celebrate its 15th birthday.

Founded in Merseyside by Alan Wills in 2000, Deltasonic has been responsible for introducing listeners to a host of household names. These include The Zutons, The Coral, The Longcut, The Rascals, and The Suzukis. Along with some bands with names that don’t begin with The. Quite the prestigious roster, this knack for finding outfits that could easily be pegged as The Next Big Thing shows no sign of fading, if plans for the coming year are much to go by.

As part of the celebrations there will, understandably, be a host of reissues in the pipeline, kicking off with a lost album from The Little Flames (a troupe that featured Miles Kane and first wrote the Arctic Monkeys-covered Put Your Dukes Up John ), which was originally supposed to be released in 2007. Meanwhile, indie big guns Dead 60s and esteemed singer-songwriter Candie Payne also have old work set to be revisited in the very near future.

Arguably, though, this momentous occasion is as much about looking forward as backwards. Hence the arrival of two new names on the scene, not least the unbelievably talented contemporary rhythm and blues proponents, Hidden Charms. Counting the likes of legendary producer Shel Talmy in their fan base (The Kinks, The Who), who leant a hand on the London four-piece’s double-A Single, Dreaming Of Another Girl , we’re expecting big things from this bunch, and clearly so is the bossman, Mr. Wills.

Joining them on the Deltasonic list of Ones To Watch are The Vryll Society, who hail from Liverpool itself and offer immersive, psychedelic rock the likes of which only ever seems to be made by people born under the Merseyside sky. Their debut single, Deep Blue Skies , was unveiled to critical acclaim in July, and already the outfit are being pegged as one of the most exciting to come from the city- which doesn’t have a bad reputation (and does have stiff competition for such titles) by any stretch of the imagination. Plenty to get excited about then, it’s proof- should anyone have needed it- that there’s plenty of life left in the teen dog yet.

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