Remain Distracted EP

by Kobadelta

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    Released Friday 26th September...

    1. Siam
    2. Repetition
    3. They Can't Hurt Me
    4. The Heretic

    REVIEWS:

    "If there's a burgeoning psych scene in the north-east (and I'm not betting against it) then surely Newcastle five-piece Kobadelta are at the vanguard. Their new EP is a real cracker-jack, these four nuggets glinting with real class - imagine The Doors getting their rumble on. Hang on to their coat tails when the band launch the EP at the Star & Shadow on Friday 26th September." The Crack Magazine (September 2014)

    "The EP delves into sounds across various genres, including indie, psychedelia, post-punk and even contains some heavy riffage. Not ones to settle as another band that fit neatly in a box, they explain the EP is a result of "experimenting with a range of ideas on our last few releases. We feel that the EP is the best representation yet of what we consider to be Kobadelta's 'sound'." This sound is one full of freshness and ideas, all tinged with an element of menace throughout, giving the EP cohesion and keeping the listener on the edge of their seat." - NARC. Magazine (September 2014)

    "It’s no real wonder that Kobadelta have already rubbed metaphorical shoulders with the likes of Shaun Ryder and Peter Hook this year. They’re destined for big things. The Stockton Weekender will have no doubt served as a great platform for the group to perform their music to a large audience and it’s one that will only get bigger. Their brand of Indie, psychedelia, blues and heavy rock is, or at least sounds unique. The rambling vocals of Dom Noble fit perfectly with the meandering guitars and throbbing bass over often manic drums as they exude some rather complicated if not sometimes risqué lyrics. Opener, Siam won’t get much radio airplay for instance (unless there are some deaf programmers around – let’s hope so), but in some way that’s no big deal as there are another three crackers to pick from. The lead track does contains an infectious hook and strap-line and will ensure that at least your feet are tapping. It does in less than three minutes what many tracks fail to do in twice the time. Repetition provides that curious blend of punk and metal. Two opposing forces which Kobadelta somehow manage to marry together in harmony. A wonderful middle section where guitars are allowed to freely weep over a mystically appropriate interlude. The group are often compared to The Doors. It’s something that they don’t intend, but it’s quite a compliment. They Can’t Hurt Me has more than a nod in the direction of Morrison’s men as its psychedelic feel accompanied by subtle keyboards develop into marvellous rolling drums on occasion. Closing with The Heretic, a blues-psych affair with a fantastic distorted bass swaggers from start to finish with its arse showing proudly out of its worn-out, ripped jeans like a band that was born to make music as if their lives depended on it. Kobadelta are a breath of fresh air of that there is no doubt. Equally, they’ve probably only just started on their quest for widespread approval. Keep your ears open, they’ll be inside them soon." - Louder Than War (September 2014)

    "If ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ isn’t the sound of a band possessed by the wandering spirit of Jim Morrison, I don’t know what is. Not that there is anything wrong with that. At least they are honest enough to wear that musical dashed heart constantly bleeding. Likewise, the track broods, threatens, glowers and conjures images of a dark urban underworld of serial killers and kerb crawling intended victims, and of death in the shadows that drag you to the soundtrack of your worst nightmare. And if ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ displays the band exploring dynamic changes, ‘Repetition’ just goes straight for the jugular: primitive animal urges are poured into the very soul of the music with its psychedelic washes of guitar spiral skyward, relentless beats and driving bass grooves that break down into a wonderfully indulgent wig-out before remembering the plot and sprinting to the finish. There is as much atmosphere and space as there is music; fear held together by distant bass rumbles and fragile razor wire riffs before exploding in wildly overdriven guitars and the ricochet of skittering drum patterns that swirl in the vortex between those two extremes. ‘Siam’ matches sleazy lyrics to a more conventional song structure and swan song ‘The Heretic’ manages to revisit all of their musical tricks and traits into the perfect précis of everything that has gone before. Remain Distracted draws a geographic line from the creative anarchy of a Ladbroke Grove sixties twilight to Altamont as the hippy dream descends into madness, and a chronological line that links The Doors to Kyuss crossed by one that joins The Banshees to Temples. Although many bands channel retro sounds as a cynical marketing tool, the Newcastle based band have dived deep into the cold waters of a gothic-psychedelic darkness and returned to the surface clutching a black and shimmering musical pearl." - The Sense Of Doubt (September 2014)

    "If you’re a fan of the Doors or any band that has tried to emulate the Doors, you’ll be interested in Kobadelta’s bass-heavy psych-rock with a baritone vocalist and spot-on production. Check that sweet half-time breakdown." - Independent Clauses (September 2014)

    "Kobadelta are one of those bands who, to me, seem to have sprung out of nowhere. They seem to be gaining quite a following in their native North East, they are a five-piece from Newcastle, but deserve a wider audience. The band's Remain Distracted EP gets a digital release on 26th September, and consists of four diverse tracks which showcase a band who, if they are not going places, should be. Opening with ‘Siam’ a dirty slice of stoner psych which immediately brought to mind contemporary bands such as The Janitors and Cult of Dom Keller, especially through the guitar work. ‘Repetition’ opens with a great interplay between guitar and bass with some gritty reverb and feedback that contrast with the clean production and driving beat until we are hit with a great wahwah-heavy bridge. This is a really good psych rock track which is clearly rooted in the genre, yet also feels fresh. With ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ the band go off-piste a bit more with some perhaps Morricone inspired tremolo sounds which recall the likes of Spindrift and Lola Colt. ‘The Heretic’ initially seems to be taking us into that territory, before exploding into a wall of reverb noise. Like the previous track, I picked up the spirit of The Doors, but while ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ was The Doors of the desert, this was ‘The End’." - Backseat Mafia (September 2014)

    "Since I have started this blog there have been a few bands that have popped up from time to time and maintained an excellent quality of music without ever achieving the acclaim or broader success that they deserve. Newcastle quintet Kobadelta are one such band. This new EP from the lads is another storming collection of songs and kicks off with 'Siam', a song full of pulsing bass lines, hypnotic guitars and menacing vocals all peppered with Keith Moon drumming and a healthy dose of feedback. 'Repetition' is up next and this is a full on, leather clad, dark glasses wearing, whisky swigging, cigarette smoking rock'n'roll song. We're talking Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream, the Stooges and My Bloody Valentine all rolled in to a sexy, testosterone fuelled explosion of excess - not a song you'd take home to meet your parents, that's for sure. The second half of the EP continues with 'They Can't Hurt Me' which is pitched somewhere between Space and Lou Reed and again the bass line purrs as the guitars flit around like newly awakened wasps full of disorientation and latent menace. As the EP comes to a close we are treated to the undeniably epic 'The Heretic' which should be wearing cowboy boots and spurrs. Possibly the single dirtiest scuzzball riff crackles through my speakers as the sneer vocals snake through the air and you're instantly transported to the early hours insanity of a 70s serial killer on a massive come down in a blood spattered basement. This is darkly seductive stuff and maybe that's why it's never quite gained the mainstream credit it deserves but, then again, music like this thrives in the shadows and the gutters not on the luridly neon E4 music slot just before Hollyoaks." - Listen With Monger (August 2014)

    "Hailing from the hometown that produced The Animals, Dire Straits and seen Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys gaining education in the city, are five-piece Kobadelta. The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quintet are rapidly squaring up for their brand-new EP to be released to the world next month and – let it be known – these Geordie lads are nothing less than mesmerising. Having already supported the likes of Superfood and Noel Gallagher’s favourite band-of-the-moment Temples, Kobadelta, a group “dabbling in dark and heavy ‘indie-psych-rock’”, are finally stepping out on their own again and bringing their mature sounds back to the ears of their fans. If there was ever an EP to put a band into a prime position of kicking up a storm and producing an epidemic, then it’s Kobadelta’s ‘Remain Distracted‘. Invading ears immediately is the eerie ‘Siam’; as frontman Dom Noble sinisterly coos “I want you fooling next to me/I want you naked on all fours”, his impressively distinctive vocal is paired with slick and sliding guitar riffs. Kobadelta have managed to hit hard and rope in the listener with the first track of Remain Distracted. Following ‘Siam’ is both ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ and ‘Repetition’. ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ is menacingly moody; emitting an edgy, dark atmosphere which ultimately oozes sex appeal. However, contrasting track ‘Repetition’ is the band at their finest. Here, bass guitar chords are splashed with a Peter Hook-esque psychedelic influence echoing throughout the track; if there was any doubt whether this band weren’t worth the hype then one listen to ‘Repetition’ will change everything. To put it simply: the band make an almighty, unforgettable impact through their forthcoming release. Bubbling both enthusiasm and pure, raw talent, Kobadelta truly make it near impossible to ignore them." - GigSlutz (August 2014)

    "Having been enthralled by their rousing EP, The Hidden Door earlier this year, there was keen anticipation waiting for the release of its successor Remain Distracted. Both EPs come from the creative minds and resourceful imagination of UK band Kobadelta, and each provides a fascinating climate of sound and excitement to greedily immerse within. Remain Distracted takes the strengths and potency of its predecessor into new emotive and adventurous sonic flights, pushing the potential and emerging presence of the band into riveting and sultry landscapes. In some ways it is a slow burner compared to the last release but through a quartet of fiery and seductive songs, sets down the most potent and heady pinnacle from the band yet. The release of Remain Distracted comes in a potent year for the Newcastle quintet which has seen them chosen to play Newcastle’s Evolution Emerging festival, as well as Stockton Weekender (with Happy Mondays and Public Enemy headlining) and Split Festival (with Maximo Park, The Cribs and Dizzee Rascal). Added to that there has also been a live session for BBC Introducing as well as numerous successful shows with bands like Allusondrugs. The new release adds another strong moment in the band’s year and one more irresistible enticement to develop a rich hunger over. As soon as the sultry stroke of guitar from Alex Malliris opens up first track Siam, there is a potent temptation at work, its smouldering yet ripe lure a swift caress and announcement of the dark psychedelic invention the band is already acclaimed for. Another breath sees the hypnotic throaty basslines of Jon Marley join the evolving enticement of the guitar and the enterprising rhythmic framing of Chris Malliris. It is a glorious flame brought further to life by the mellow yet nicely raw tones of vocalist Dom Noble, all this against the already tantalising weave of melodic expression cast by the keys of Jordan Robson. It is a stunning track, elements of The Doors colluding with other whispers of bands like early The Horrors, 13th Floor Elevators, and Thee Exciters in an original fire of sound equipped with infectiously imposing hooks and grooves. Repetition steps up next and instantly finds a heavier growl to its riffs, though that weight is not quite transferred to the crisp beats and elegant bassline. That restraint on some aspects and the mix of dark and light within the song works a treat all the same; it's steady but feisty canter evolving through a sultry slow flight of immersive keys before breaking back with increasing tenacity in energy and attack. The Birthday Party like song is an intriguing shadow blessed proposition, not as dramatically gripping as its predecessor but growing into another absorbing and incendiary involvement of the imagination and emotions. Its successor is less slow in gripping the passions, They Can’t Hurt Me floating in on another delicious almost sinister bassline. Its dark tone inspires a haunting essence to the minimalistic melody of the guitar and vocal croon of Noble, the merger offering a noir wrapped sultriness in presence and sound. There is a definite Cramps essence to the song as well as that of Jim Morrison and co, as well as hints of Damn Vandals and The Dropper’s Neck, but with an ingenious addiction sparking bait from bass and guitar aligned to similarly anthemic beats, the track is a slice of brilliance distinct to Kobadelta and their greatest song yet since forming. The EP is closed by The Heretic, a sizzling sway of sonic causticity and melodic temptation driven by a swaggering rhythmic and riff crafted enterprise. As in other songs there is a prime hook which is inescapable for ears and passions, its coaxing leading the senses into the scorching haze of guitar and atmospheric heat of the keys. With the delivery of Noble again parading the song’s narrative with an unfussy but magnetically expressive texture, the song is a mesmeric consumption of the senses and a fine end to another impressive release from Kobadelta. The band just gets better and better as evidenced by Remain Distracted ensuring whatever comes next from Kobadelta will be met with greedy anticipation." - The Ringmaster Review (September 2014)

    "Desert-Rock has never sounded as seductive as Kobadelta’s new EP, ‘Remain Distracted’. It exists in a strange but impressive world between Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys, combining coolly-delivered vocals with searing guitars and brutal drumming. If Arctic Monkeys are “a heavy metal band disguised as an indie band“, then Kobadelta are definitely in the same boat." - Fresh Beats (August 2014)

    "I have seen the word ‘miracle’ applied to music before - using it in the pejorative sense; applying it in the context of Remain Distracted would be a huge injustice. God dislikes Rock and Blues; it is the Devil that jams to the best tunes (as we all know). If there was an hell-bound synonym for ‘miracle’ then I would apply it here. Few bands come across with such an unabatable confidence and conviction - the E.P. is rampantly assured and urgent (from start to finish). The performances are uniformly tight and staggering; each player is at the top of their game - the songs are nuanced and hugely memorable. Possessing a quartet of tracks, the E.P. is a controlled and restrained animal; one that leaves you begging for more - whilst offering so much wonder and brilliance. Taking in the sexualised and spiritual mythology of The Doors; ramping in some feral Punk fuzz (of The Stooges); tie it to bone-shaking and pre-coital lust of Black Sabbath, and you have a phenomenal concoction. Kobadelta ensure that other bands take a back seat - are used as guides and jumping-off points - and ensure their voice and soul comes through – ‘Remain Distracted’ is a distillation of their hard work, uniqueness and incomparable talent." - Musicmusingsandsuch (August 2014)

    "Voraciously chewing up the Newcastle psych rock and pub rock drone scenes with equal voracity, the burgeoning Geordie five-piece Kobadelta have yet to nail their sound. And this is a good thing, as their latest EP, Remain Distracted will testify. From drunkenly swaggering between emulating the late Lizard King Morrison to trespassing on Kasabian’s anthem Byzantine rock, the group manages to inhabit their influences with sneering and melancholic vigor. At other times they stray into Bauhaus, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and could even be a distant relation of the recent blossoming drone scene in Greece. Broodily launching forth from an opening Motorhead dirge riff, their hard rocking, monotonous droning ‘Repetition’ will do nicely as an introduction. Best played loud in a Wim Wenders 80s directed Berlin club, the rapid firing drum barrage signals a penchant for the hardliners vamped out on Gothic morose." - Monolith Cocktail (September 2014)

    "A band that seem to have more in common with the Deep South than the North East, Kobadelta have arrived at a sound which would probably be best described as Desert Rock. There's a certain QOTSA influence running through these tracks, in a similar way that they bled into Arctic Monkey's unloved masterpiece Humbug. I don't think Josh Homme produced this EP, self released by the band, but his imaginary cigarette stained fingers are all over it. Opener "Siam" has all the marking of an indie hit (whatever that may be these days), Dom Noble's vocal drawl is a fitting companion to a barrage of guitars and a solid backline. "Repetition" is slightly more traditional in that indie-rock sense (and thus less rewarding), probably the EP's weak point but it's followed neatly by some pleasant gloom ("They Can't Hurt Me") and crunching guitar riffs ("The Heretic"). It's the sheer ooomph of guitar and attitude of the vocal that first hits you with Kobadelta, but after a few listens it becomes apparent that the real stars of the show are those snaking baselines and violent drum patterns which give the tracks a certain creative edge. Another promising upstart in an already bustling North East music scene. Listen to: "They Can't Hurt Me" - a kind of horror soundtrack that builds into a dramatic climax which is complemented by some nice 80s gothic keyboards. "The Heretic" - listen at full volume if you dare. You'd be hard pushed to find a more satisfying guitar sound on any record made this year. Listen if... you like Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Earth, The Horrors." - Crackle Feedback (September 2014)

    "When Newcastle based 5-piece Kobadelta discussed their latest EP, ‘Remain Distracted’ they explained that they ‘feel that the EP is the best representation of what we consider to be the Kobadelta sound’. "Launched just three days ago at the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle, the launch has been part of a pretty busy few year for the quintet, which has seen them perform at Evolution Emerging, Stockton Weekender and Split Festival, as well as playing a session for BBC Introducing. ‘Remain Distracted’ has a distinctive psychedelic edge which is complimented by the bluesy undertones provided by the distorted guitars throughout the set of tracks. The vocals, often moody and raw, provide the perfect element that ties all the tracks together and are what ultimately give ‘Remain Distracted’ its edge. Despite that, it’s apparent that Kobadelta have tried to explore different melodies and genres within the EP; ‘Repetition’ has a heavier rock feel to it, which contrasts with the softer beats of ‘Siam’, for one example. Where ‘They Can’t Hurt Us’ is noticeably more mellow when compared ‘The Heretic’, the tracks still work well together as a collection as they all give off that same dark edge that has undercoated all of ‘Remain Distracted’. It’s sometimes the case that bands try to work too many sounds into one EP/album and can often overdo it, but Kobadelta have shown a flare for producing tracks that flow well together as a whole. With the previous claim that Kobadelta felt that Remain Distracted is their best representation of their overall sound, it feels as though that the EP has accomplished exactly what it set out to do." - NE Volume (September 2014)

    "At times, while you listen, you’ll feel like a runway train trying to break the time barrier to meet Jim Morrison in that terrestrial plane of nothingness. When I can feel my music spirit trying to rage out of my soul…that’s usually a good sign. The guys are on the road to releasing their brand new EP, ‘Remain Distracted‘, on September 26th. I have listened to it & take my word for it…it’s a truly an out of body experience of raw sound. Reminded me of Disturbed meets old ’60s psych rock. “Siam” is my favourite cut from the package. Nice pace, hits high then low down a cascade highway, etc. Defines everything you should expect from Dom, Alex, Chris, Jon & Jordan’s collective brilliant sound." - Bored 4 Music (September 2014)

    "Like light from flickering wax enveloped candles, Kobadelta partially illuminate the walls of a dank cellar with their brooding gothic inspired film-noire encapsulations of sound. There is a warming rush that sweeps over the listener as Kobadelta extend their reach across the gloom, to tempt the audience to follow the purple sash into the unknown, and following the enticing caress is to end in a warming underground cave of bliss as the quintet writhe their sounds around the brain. Earlier iterations of their material hinted at the potential that lay within the band and their as yet unreleased four track EP – Remain Distracted – which I have had the fortune to be massaged by, extends the darkness with a satisfying embrace that out-reaches by far their previous release The Hidden Door which came out earlier this year and of itself was and is an EP to unfold as the sun drops in the sky." - Emerging Indie Bands (August 2014)

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Released Friday 26th September...

1. Siam
2. Repetition
3. They Can't Hurt Me
4. The Heretic

REVIEWS:

"If there's a burgeoning psych scene in the north-east (and I'm not betting against it) then surely Newcastle five-piece Kobadelta are at the vanguard. Their new EP is a real cracker-jack, these four nuggets glinting with real class - imagine The Doors getting their rumble on. Hang on to their coat tails when the band launch the EP at the Star & Shadow on Friday 26th September." The Crack Magazine (September 2014)

"The EP delves into sounds across various genres, including indie, psychedelia, post-punk and even contains some heavy riffage. Not ones to settle as another band that fit neatly in a box, they explain the EP is a result of "experimenting with a range of ideas on our last few releases. We feel that the EP is the best representation yet of what we consider to be Kobadelta's 'sound'." This sound is one full of freshness and ideas, all tinged with an element of menace throughout, giving the EP cohesion and keeping the listener on the edge of their seat." - NARC. Magazine (September 2014)

"It’s no real wonder that Kobadelta have already rubbed metaphorical shoulders with the likes of Shaun Ryder and Peter Hook this year. They’re destined for big things. The Stockton Weekender will have no doubt served as a great platform for the group to perform their music to a large audience and it’s one that will only get bigger. Their brand of Indie, psychedelia, blues and heavy rock is, or at least sounds unique. The rambling vocals of Dom Noble fit perfectly with the meandering guitars and throbbing bass over often manic drums as they exude some rather complicated if not sometimes risqué lyrics. Opener, Siam won’t get much radio airplay for instance (unless there are some deaf programmers around – let’s hope so), but in some way that’s no big deal as there are another three crackers to pick from. The lead track does contains an infectious hook and strap-line and will ensure that at least your feet are tapping. It does in less than three minutes what many tracks fail to do in twice the time. Repetition provides that curious blend of punk and metal. Two opposing forces which Kobadelta somehow manage to marry together in harmony. A wonderful middle section where guitars are allowed to freely weep over a mystically appropriate interlude. The group are often compared to The Doors. It’s something that they don’t intend, but it’s quite a compliment. They Can’t Hurt Me has more than a nod in the direction of Morrison’s men as its psychedelic feel accompanied by subtle keyboards develop into marvellous rolling drums on occasion. Closing with The Heretic, a blues-psych affair with a fantastic distorted bass swaggers from start to finish with its arse showing proudly out of its worn-out, ripped jeans like a band that was born to make music as if their lives depended on it. Kobadelta are a breath of fresh air of that there is no doubt. Equally, they’ve probably only just started on their quest for widespread approval. Keep your ears open, they’ll be inside them soon." - Louder Than War (September 2014)

"If ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ isn’t the sound of a band possessed by the wandering spirit of Jim Morrison, I don’t know what is. Not that there is anything wrong with that. At least they are honest enough to wear that musical dashed heart constantly bleeding. Likewise, the track broods, threatens, glowers and conjures images of a dark urban underworld of serial killers and kerb crawling intended victims, and of death in the shadows that drag you to the soundtrack of your worst nightmare. And if ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ displays the band exploring dynamic changes, ‘Repetition’ just goes straight for the jugular: primitive animal urges are poured into the very soul of the music with its psychedelic washes of guitar spiral skyward, relentless beats and driving bass grooves that break down into a wonderfully indulgent wig-out before remembering the plot and sprinting to the finish. There is as much atmosphere and space as there is music; fear held together by distant bass rumbles and fragile razor wire riffs before exploding in wildly overdriven guitars and the ricochet of skittering drum patterns that swirl in the vortex between those two extremes. ‘Siam’ matches sleazy lyrics to a more conventional song structure and swan song ‘The Heretic’ manages to revisit all of their musical tricks and traits into the perfect précis of everything that has gone before. Remain Distracted draws a geographic line from the creative anarchy of a Ladbroke Grove sixties twilight to Altamont as the hippy dream descends into madness, and a chronological line that links The Doors to Kyuss crossed by one that joins The Banshees to Temples. Although many bands channel retro sounds as a cynical marketing tool, the Newcastle based band have dived deep into the cold waters of a gothic-psychedelic darkness and returned to the surface clutching a black and shimmering musical pearl." - The Sense Of Doubt (September 2014)

"If you’re a fan of the Doors or any band that has tried to emulate the Doors, you’ll be interested in Kobadelta’s bass-heavy psych-rock with a baritone vocalist and spot-on production. Check that sweet half-time breakdown." - Independent Clauses (September 2014)

"Kobadelta are one of those bands who, to me, seem to have sprung out of nowhere. They seem to be gaining quite a following in their native North East, they are a five-piece from Newcastle, but deserve a wider audience. The band's Remain Distracted EP gets a digital release on 26th September, and consists of four diverse tracks which showcase a band who, if they are not going places, should be. Opening with ‘Siam’ a dirty slice of stoner psych which immediately brought to mind contemporary bands such as The Janitors and Cult of Dom Keller, especially through the guitar work. ‘Repetition’ opens with a great interplay between guitar and bass with some gritty reverb and feedback that contrast with the clean production and driving beat until we are hit with a great wahwah-heavy bridge. This is a really good psych rock track which is clearly rooted in the genre, yet also feels fresh. With ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ the band go off-piste a bit more with some perhaps Morricone inspired tremolo sounds which recall the likes of Spindrift and Lola Colt. ‘The Heretic’ initially seems to be taking us into that territory, before exploding into a wall of reverb noise. Like the previous track, I picked up the spirit of The Doors, but while ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ was The Doors of the desert, this was ‘The End’." - Backseat Mafia (September 2014)

"Since I have started this blog there have been a few bands that have popped up from time to time and maintained an excellent quality of music without ever achieving the acclaim or broader success that they deserve. Newcastle quintet Kobadelta are one such band. This new EP from the lads is another storming collection of songs and kicks off with 'Siam', a song full of pulsing bass lines, hypnotic guitars and menacing vocals all peppered with Keith Moon drumming and a healthy dose of feedback. 'Repetition' is up next and this is a full on, leather clad, dark glasses wearing, whisky swigging, cigarette smoking rock'n'roll song. We're talking Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream, the Stooges and My Bloody Valentine all rolled in to a sexy, testosterone fuelled explosion of excess - not a song you'd take home to meet your parents, that's for sure. The second half of the EP continues with 'They Can't Hurt Me' which is pitched somewhere between Space and Lou Reed and again the bass line purrs as the guitars flit around like newly awakened wasps full of disorientation and latent menace. As the EP comes to a close we are treated to the undeniably epic 'The Heretic' which should be wearing cowboy boots and spurrs. Possibly the single dirtiest scuzzball riff crackles through my speakers as the sneer vocals snake through the air and you're instantly transported to the early hours insanity of a 70s serial killer on a massive come down in a blood spattered basement. This is darkly seductive stuff and maybe that's why it's never quite gained the mainstream credit it deserves but, then again, music like this thrives in the shadows and the gutters not on the luridly neon E4 music slot just before Hollyoaks." - Listen With Monger (August 2014)

"Hailing from the hometown that produced The Animals, Dire Straits and seen Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys gaining education in the city, are five-piece Kobadelta. The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quintet are rapidly squaring up for their brand-new EP to be released to the world next month and – let it be known – these Geordie lads are nothing less than mesmerising. Having already supported the likes of Superfood and Noel Gallagher’s favourite band-of-the-moment Temples, Kobadelta, a group “dabbling in dark and heavy ‘indie-psych-rock’”, are finally stepping out on their own again and bringing their mature sounds back to the ears of their fans. If there was ever an EP to put a band into a prime position of kicking up a storm and producing an epidemic, then it’s Kobadelta’s ‘Remain Distracted‘. Invading ears immediately is the eerie ‘Siam’; as frontman Dom Noble sinisterly coos “I want you fooling next to me/I want you naked on all fours”, his impressively distinctive vocal is paired with slick and sliding guitar riffs. Kobadelta have managed to hit hard and rope in the listener with the first track of Remain Distracted. Following ‘Siam’ is both ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ and ‘Repetition’. ‘They Can’t Hurt Me’ is menacingly moody; emitting an edgy, dark atmosphere which ultimately oozes sex appeal. However, contrasting track ‘Repetition’ is the band at their finest. Here, bass guitar chords are splashed with a Peter Hook-esque psychedelic influence echoing throughout the track; if there was any doubt whether this band weren’t worth the hype then one listen to ‘Repetition’ will change everything. To put it simply: the band make an almighty, unforgettable impact through their forthcoming release. Bubbling both enthusiasm and pure, raw talent, Kobadelta truly make it near impossible to ignore them." - GigSlutz (August 2014)

"Having been enthralled by their rousing EP, The Hidden Door earlier this year, there was keen anticipation waiting for the release of its successor Remain Distracted. Both EPs come from the creative minds and resourceful imagination of UK band Kobadelta, and each provides a fascinating climate of sound and excitement to greedily immerse within. Remain Distracted takes the strengths and potency of its predecessor into new emotive and adventurous sonic flights, pushing the potential and emerging presence of the band into riveting and sultry landscapes. In some ways it is a slow burner compared to the last release but through a quartet of fiery and seductive songs, sets down the most potent and heady pinnacle from the band yet. The release of Remain Distracted comes in a potent year for the Newcastle quintet which has seen them chosen to play Newcastle’s Evolution Emerging festival, as well as Stockton Weekender (with Happy Mondays and Public Enemy headlining) and Split Festival (with Maximo Park, The Cribs and Dizzee Rascal). Added to that there has also been a live session for BBC Introducing as well as numerous successful shows with bands like Allusondrugs. The new release adds another strong moment in the band’s year and one more irresistible enticement to develop a rich hunger over. As soon as the sultry stroke of guitar from Alex Malliris opens up first track Siam, there is a potent temptation at work, its smouldering yet ripe lure a swift caress and announcement of the dark psychedelic invention the band is already acclaimed for. Another breath sees the hypnotic throaty basslines of Jon Marley join the evolving enticement of the guitar and the enterprising rhythmic framing of Chris Malliris. It is a glorious flame brought further to life by the mellow yet nicely raw tones of vocalist Dom Noble, all this against the already tantalising weave of melodic expression cast by the keys of Jordan Robson. It is a stunning track, elements of The Doors colluding with other whispers of bands like early The Horrors, 13th Floor Elevators, and Thee Exciters in an original fire of sound equipped with infectiously imposing hooks and grooves. Repetition steps up next and instantly finds a heavier growl to its riffs, though that weight is not quite transferred to the crisp beats and elegant bassline. That restraint on some aspects and the mix of dark and light within the song works a treat all the same; it's steady but feisty canter evolving through a sultry slow flight of immersive keys before breaking back with increasing tenacity in energy and attack. The Birthday Party like song is an intriguing shadow blessed proposition, not as dramatically gripping as its predecessor but growing into another absorbing and incendiary involvement of the imagination and emotions. Its successor is less slow in gripping the passions, They Can’t Hurt Me floating in on another delicious almost sinister bassline. Its dark tone inspires a haunting essence to the minimalistic melody of the guitar and vocal croon of Noble, the merger offering a noir wrapped sultriness in presence and sound. There is a definite Cramps essence to the song as well as that of Jim Morrison and co, as well as hints of Damn Vandals and The Dropper’s Neck, but with an ingenious addiction sparking bait from bass and guitar aligned to similarly anthemic beats, the track is a slice of brilliance distinct to Kobadelta and their greatest song yet since forming. The EP is closed by The Heretic, a sizzling sway of sonic causticity and melodic temptation driven by a swaggering rhythmic and riff crafted enterprise. As in other songs there is a prime hook which is inescapable for ears and passions, its coaxing leading the senses into the scorching haze of guitar and atmospheric heat of the keys. With the delivery of Noble again parading the song’s narrative with an unfussy but magnetically expressive texture, the song is a mesmeric consumption of the senses and a fine end to another impressive release from Kobadelta. The band just gets better and better as evidenced by Remain Distracted ensuring whatever comes next from Kobadelta will be met with greedy anticipation." - The Ringmaster Review (September 2014)


"Desert-Rock has never sounded as seductive as Kobadelta’s new EP, ‘Remain Distracted’. It exists in a strange but impressive world between Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys, combining coolly-delivered vocals with searing guitars and brutal drumming. If Arctic Monkeys are “a heavy metal band disguised as an indie band“, then Kobadelta are definitely in the same boat." - Fresh Beats (August 2014)

"I have seen the word ‘miracle’ applied to music before - using it in the pejorative sense; applying it in the context of Remain Distracted would be a huge injustice. God dislikes Rock and Blues; it is the Devil that jams to the best tunes (as we all know). If there was an hell-bound synonym for ‘miracle’ then I would apply it here. Few bands come across with such an unabatable confidence and conviction - the E.P. is rampantly assured and urgent (from start to finish). The performances are uniformly tight and staggering; each player is at the top of their game - the songs are nuanced and hugely memorable. Possessing a quartet of tracks, the E.P. is a controlled and restrained animal; one that leaves you begging for more - whilst offering so much wonder and brilliance. Taking in the sexualised and spiritual mythology of The Doors; ramping in some feral Punk fuzz (of The Stooges); tie it to bone-shaking and pre-coital lust of Black Sabbath, and you have a phenomenal concoction. Kobadelta ensure that other bands take a back seat - are used as guides and jumping-off points - and ensure their voice and soul comes through – ‘Remain Distracted’ is a distillation of their hard work, uniqueness and incomparable talent." - Musicmusingsandsuch (August 2014)

"Voraciously chewing up the Newcastle psych rock and pub rock drone scenes with equal voracity, the burgeoning Geordie five-piece Kobadelta have yet to nail their sound. And this is a good thing, as their latest EP, Remain Distracted will testify. From drunkenly swaggering between emulating the late Lizard King Morrison to trespassing on Kasabian’s anthem Byzantine rock, the group manages to inhabit their influences with sneering and melancholic vigor. At other times they stray into Bauhaus, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and could even be a distant relation of the recent blossoming drone scene in Greece. Broodily launching forth from an opening Motorhead dirge riff, their hard rocking, monotonous droning ‘Repetition’ will do nicely as an introduction. Best played loud in a Wim Wenders 80s directed Berlin club, the rapid firing drum barrage signals a penchant for the hardliners vamped out on Gothic morose." - Monolith Cocktail (September 2014)

"A band that seem to have more in common with the Deep South than the North East, Kobadelta have arrived at a sound which would probably be best described as Desert Rock. There's a certain QOTSA influence running through these tracks, in a similar way that they bled into Arctic Monkey's unloved masterpiece Humbug. I don't think Josh Homme produced this EP, self released by the band, but his imaginary cigarette stained fingers are all over it. Opener "Siam" has all the marking of an indie hit (whatever that may be these days), Dom Noble's vocal drawl is a fitting companion to a barrage of guitars and a solid backline. "Repetition" is slightly more traditional in that indie-rock sense (and thus less rewarding), probably the EP's weak point but it's followed neatly by some pleasant gloom ("They Can't Hurt Me") and crunching guitar riffs ("The Heretic"). It's the sheer ooomph of guitar and attitude of the vocal that first hits you with Kobadelta, but after a few listens it becomes apparent that the real stars of the show are those snaking baselines and violent drum patterns which give the tracks a certain creative edge. Another promising upstart in an already bustling North East music scene. Listen to: "They Can't Hurt Me" - a kind of horror soundtrack that builds into a dramatic climax which is complemented by some nice 80s gothic keyboards. "The Heretic" - listen at full volume if you dare. You'd be hard pushed to find a more satisfying guitar sound on any record made this year. Listen if... you like Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Earth, The Horrors." - Crackle Feedback (September 2014)

"When Newcastle based 5-piece Kobadelta discussed their latest EP, ‘Remain Distracted’ they explained that they ‘feel that the EP is the best representation of what we consider to be the Kobadelta sound’. "Launched just three days ago at the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle, the launch has been part of a pretty busy few year for the quintet, which has seen them perform at Evolution Emerging, Stockton Weekender and Split Festival, as well as playing a session for BBC Introducing. ‘Remain Distracted’ has a distinctive psychedelic edge which is complimented by the bluesy undertones provided by the distorted guitars throughout the set of tracks. The vocals, often moody and raw, provide the perfect element that ties all the tracks together and are what ultimately give ‘Remain Distracted’ its edge. Despite that, it’s apparent that Kobadelta have tried to explore different melodies and genres within the EP; ‘Repetition’ has a heavier rock feel to it, which contrasts with the softer beats of ‘Siam’, for one example. Where ‘They Can’t Hurt Us’ is noticeably more mellow when compared ‘The Heretic’, the tracks still work well together as a collection as they all give off that same dark edge that has undercoated all of ‘Remain Distracted’. It’s sometimes the case that bands try to work too many sounds into one EP/album and can often overdo it, but Kobadelta have shown a flare for producing tracks that flow well together as a whole. With the previous claim that Kobadelta felt that Remain Distracted is their best representation of their overall sound, it feels as though that the EP has accomplished exactly what it set out to do." - NE Volume (September 2014)

"At times, while you listen, you’ll feel like a runway train trying to break the time barrier to meet Jim Morrison in that terrestrial plane of nothingness. When I can feel my music spirit trying to rage out of my soul…that’s usually a good sign. The guys are on the road to releasing their brand new EP, ‘Remain Distracted‘, on September 26th. I have listened to it & take my word for it…it’s a truly an out of body experience of raw sound. Reminded me of Disturbed meets old ’60s psych rock. “Siam” is my favourite cut from the package. Nice pace, hits high then low down a cascade highway, etc. Defines everything you should expect from Dom, Alex, Chris, Jon & Jordan’s collective brilliant sound." - Bored 4 Music (September 2014)

"Like light from flickering wax enveloped candles, Kobadelta partially illuminate the walls of a dank cellar with their brooding gothic inspired film-noire encapsulations of sound. There is a warming rush that sweeps over the listener as Kobadelta extend their reach across the gloom, to tempt the audience to follow the purple sash into the unknown, and following the enticing caress is to end in a warming underground cave of bliss as the quintet writhe their sounds around the brain. Earlier iterations of their material hinted at the potential that lay within the band and their as yet unreleased four track EP – Remain Distracted – which I have had the fortune to be massaged by, extends the darkness with a satisfying embrace that out-reaches by far their previous release The Hidden Door which came out earlier this year and of itself was and is an EP to unfold as the sun drops in the sky." - Emerging Indie Bands (August 2014)

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A five piece rock band from Newcastle dabbling in dark and heavy 'indie-psych- rock'...

Having recentley supported the likes of Temples, Splashh and Superfood, we've been described as "one of the finest live bands in the emerging psychedelic scene" (NARC. Magazine)
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