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Delphic: ‘The lack of money in the music industry means bands have to play it safe’

Manchester dance trio say 'there's no room for bands to experiment' anymore

Delphic have said that they believe the lack of money and resources in today’s music industry is stopping great bands from developing.

The Manchester trio have been working on the follow-up to their 2010 debut album ‘Acolyte’ for the last 18 months and have been working with Bombay Bicycle Club producer Ben Allen and DFA Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy.

Speaking to NME, band leader Rick Boardman said that they were trying to do what they could to shake things up with their new album, but that most bands couldn’t afford to be experimental as they are “just trying to stay alive”.

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Asked what he thought of the current state of alternative music, the multi-instrumentalist replied: “The lack of money in the music industry means that there’s no room for bands to experiment and there’s no room for bands not play it safe. I find it so difficult to hear great music coming out, because everyone’s just trying to stay alive.”

Boardman went on to say that he wasn’t sure we’d ever get to hear a band like The Smiths or Blur again as record labels didn’t have enough resources to allow those kind of bands to develop.

He added: “Will we ever hear another Smiths again? I don’t know. Will a band like Blur, who had to wait for their third album to get a hit record, ever be allowed space to breath and grow? Probably not.”

Boardman also spoke about the band’s progress in recording their second album and made it clear that they’re in no rush to release it.

He said of this: “It’s ready when it’s ready. We’ve been playing stuff to our label and everyone’s really excited because it sounds new and different and everyone understands how much potential it’s got. We’re desperate to make something seminal and there’s no point rushing it.”

Delphic are set to return to live action later this year with a series of low-key dates.
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