nme.com was there to see the Chemikal Underground label bosses kick off a UK tour in Northampton...

THE DELGADOS unveiled a new ten-piece live band last night (May 4) at NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDERS on the first date of a UK tour to promote their new album ‘THE GREAT EASTERN’.

The core band of Delgados have already played tracks on recent dates – most notably acoustically at the Drill Hall, London and at the Camber Sands All Tomorrow’s Parties festival – but this was the first time that the full expansive sound was unleashed on a live audience. The album, produced by David Fridmann (who also worked on Mercury Rev‘s Deserter’s Songs and Mogwai‘s Come On: Die Young), has been critically-lauded.

The expanded format also gave the band a chance to rearrange tracks, transforming normally raucous outbursts into an intoxicatingly woozy motifs. Some sections were stripped of guitars altogether to spectacular effect – the usually spiky ‘No Danger’ became an enthralling string-powered affair.

Speaking earlier to nme.com, lead singer/songwriter and Chemikal Underground label boss Emma Pollock said: “It’s an elaborate affair for us. I’m quite pleased we’ve got something that is going to represent the record well.”

She also revealed to nme.com the troubled start for the album. On recording the follow-up to 1998’s Peloton she said: “We had a few shaky months when we didn’t know what we were doing.”

She was dismayed at a misconception of the band as a lightweight indie-type group, saying: “The live show usually changes opinions.”

Watch out for the forthcoming Delgados video interview with Emma Pollock where she discusses the album, who would headline her Camber Sands festival and which is the one record on Chemikal Underground you should buy.