Here's an absolute rush of a concert, courtesy of a feisty foursome from Birmingham England. Deluka
are a sweaty, club ready outfit that hone the kind of musical chops that could kick start any evening in the right direction...which makes their culminating role at our recent day party at the Bowery Electric last month pretty appropriate. During their set, the band planted an intense rock/punk foundation, while cascading blips of electronics washed over those before them like some immense, synthetic waterfall. It was an invigorating blend, and with Ellie Innocenti adding her own melodious touch, was whisked to stratospheric new heights over the course of the performance. For those who were there, the set played like a wave of nocturnal goodness...the fuel that no doubt pushed them through the rest of their wild, New York night. Whatever they found outside of our doors, rest assured it didn't match the intensity of this set by Deluka. Once again, it's a good thing we had the cameras rolling. Relive it now.
Deluka are an English electronic, indie band, whose sound has been likened to nearly every genre from Punk to Disco, Electro to indie and New Wave to No Wave. Deluka's fresh new sound is the eclectic evolution of Birmingham's storied pedigree, a perfect storm of fluid electronic beats and hailing rock riffs, pulsating bass and breathtaking vocals.
Following early praise from UK indie music bible the NME and trendsetting culture mag Dazed and Confused, Deluka inked a deal with Brooklyn indie label VEL Records releasing a 5 song EP in the summer of 2009. Since then "Sleep is Impossible" was tapped for Rockstar Games wildly popular Grand Theft Auto IV, AOL Spinner has launched an exclusive of The Rapture's Remix of "Cascade", and 3 songs have landed MTV placements (the hit show The City, and the VMA's). That along with Clearchannel NEW! feature and 120 stations adding the record at college, has gotten Deluka a quick start to the US market.
For some artists, successes are delivered by silver spoons, but Deluka's story is one of modest pride and hard determination amidst a melting pot of diversity. It began when Ellie Innocenti, a vocalist and songwriter whose regular performances at Birmingham's Jug of Ale caught the eye of the electronics expert and producer Kris Kovacs. Together they forged a creative alliance that landed them in Innocenti's bedroom studio. "It all happened organically, really" explains Innocenti. While testing different mixtures of electronic sounds and percussive lyrics, they created their own unique brand of danceable rock songs. The duo combined forces with musicians Robbie G. (bass) and Stevie Palmer (drums) under the name Deluka, coined after a dysfunctional character from the motion picture Pretty Woman.
Experimentation and practical necessity guided Deluka's early days. On a tight budget, the group often explored the Midland countryside looking for cheap deals on rather unconventional instruments. "We would troll car boot sales looking for children's toy keyboards," says Kovacs, "and we had a very strong set of rules. The keyboard couldn't be too modern and it couldn't cost more than four pounds." From these small gems the group drew their inspiration and tirelessly experimented. Choosing to sample and sequence the instruments they found, to create the backbone of their songs, fleshing out the rest with 'cheese-wire' slap backed guitars, driving bass and disco hi-hats. Creating a sound that is retro in its origin, yet forward thinking in its execution. Kovacs would arrange electronic beeps and programmed drums while Innocenti gave the songs melody and structure pulling lyrics taken from thoughts and emotions that she would 'collect' in her notebook. . The outcome is buoyant, edgy songs outfitted with memory branding melodies. As Kovacs maintains, "We're always keeping a pop sensibility about things."
Once Deluka brought their studio songs to audiences across the Midlands, the live results were striking. Their impeccably produced electronic tracks ignited crowds. Innocenti describes the transition of their music from studio to live performance as a series of contradictions. "We write songs that are constructed in a studio, but then we take it out live and its raw and energetic (it's kind of punk)."
Deluka released an EP in the summer on 2009 on Brooklyn Indie Label VEL Records, and their first full length studio record is slated for release in early 2010. From studio to the stage - from Birmingham to Brooklyn, 2010 is the year Deluka just may well become your favorite band.