It’s time Hull was acknowledged as one of Northern England’s most fertile musical breeding grounds. As UK City of Culture 2017, and the birthplace of Cosey Fanni Tutti, COUM Transmissions and much more, it’s now home to an enviable scene of heavy, garage-y rock bands. The Black Delta Movement is one of them.
They formed back in 2010, and in the eight years since they’ve released five EPs, and built up a reputation as a hard-hitting, visceral live act, supporting notable forefathers like The Jesus and Mary Chain. With Preservation, the band sound ready to step fully into the spotlight, and they’ve got a hell of an arsenal to call upon.
“King Mosquito” and “Let The Rain Come” flash serrated teeth and a venomous sting; a mesmeric, breezy lull emanates from “For You” and “Hot Coals”; and album bookends “Rome” and “Butterfly”, songs that stem from the band’s first ever rehearsal together, beguile the listener with droning, fuzzy, psychedelia-tinged groove. This group definitely know their strengths, and throughout the album they hammer them home, relentlessly and unmercifully.
With Preservation, The Black Delta Movement make an exciting statement. They’re grabbing the UK garage rock scene by the scruff of the neck, pummelling new life into it with a sneer.