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Interview: The Deltarays

10 October 06 interview: Kirk Leatham

The Deltarays were on Radio One's Top 10 unsigned list in 2004. Now they're back and ready to play...

The Deltarays caused a bit of a stir in the local live music a couple of years ago. Dan (guitar), Daz (bass), Glen (drums) and Chris (vocals) pride themselves on their melodies, harmonies and energy. In the past they made it into BBC Radio 1's top 10 unsigned list and have got back together again after a year or so. We put some questions to Chris and Glen to find out more...

Where did you all start out in music?
Chris: Glen was banging on his mum's pot and pans from an early age! Dan and Daz are brothers and have playing guitar together for the past fifteen years! I've been singing to The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac since I can remember. My Mum was a mod and a hippie in her younger days so I listened to the tunes she was brought up with in the 60's like Motown and Northern Soul.

Describe your sound to those who have never heard you.
Chris: I guess if I had to its like the Beatles and REM mixed in with just about every decent rock band I’ve heard over the years.

You've were away for quite a while. What happened there?
Chris: We just all ended up so busy in our jobs! I opened an Art Studio called Delta Design in Arnold, painting on T-shirts and trainers. Daz had a little girl with his partner and Dan was busy managing a restaurant. We all needed to earn some money for one thing.
Glen: Yeah man! We were all skint and I’d had enough of Notts really, so I went off to Andorra. I just needed to get away from it all for a while...

Have you got any releases planned?
Glen: I imagine so. We have just recorded a great new song and I know we have
some fantastic tunes in us!

What's your favourite of your own tracks?
Chris: For me it's the new one Bringing Me Up. I always like the new tracks the best! If your latest isn’t as good as your last then you’re wasting your time.
Glen: Totally! There's nothing more exciting then a spanking new number!

What are your favourite venues to play?
Chris: For me the one that really sticks out is the Ossenbrook Beer Festival in Germany. The gig wasn’t that great because we were just starting out, but everyone still seemed to love it!

What are your favourite hangouts in Nottingham?
Chris: I like The Orange Tree, Trip to Jerusalem and The Malt Cross.
Glen: It’s all about the Arboretum.

What was the last album that you bought?
Chris: Rough Side by Whycliffe! I saw it on Arnold Market and couldn’t resist. I think it's really good!

What was the last book you read?
Chris: Once by James Herbert! It scared me shitless! Forget horror movies, it's all about reading books for the chills!

What have got coming up over the next year?
Chris: Well we have loads of gigs planned, both in and out of Nottingham and loads
of great new material to perform!

What can people expect from your live show?
Chris: Catchy riffs, mind-blowing melodies and more raw energy then a horse-drawn cart. Come see us play.

The Deltarays play at Junktion 7 on Thursday 11 January 2007.

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