famous Tony Wilson inspired Hacienda, Delphic are the latest off the conveyor belt of Manchester groups.

Heralded by many as the antidote to much of the “landfill indie” which has stifled the city, Delphic have been seen as the leaders in a new wave of artistically credible but commercially viable acts.

Even before their debut album “Acolyte” hit the Top 10 in the U.K. in late January, Delphic were at the top of many critics’ “next big thing” lists, coming in third on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll, a result guitarist Matt Cocksedge called “a double-edged sword, because even though we enjoyed the exposure, negativity can quickly follow if we don’t do as well as people expect.”

Thankfully, “Acolyte” has received blanket acclaim, its mix of New Order enthused dance-rock and Krautrock stimulated electronics (all delivered with suitable Mancunian melancholy) justifying the hype.

“We just got really bored and uninspired by what we perceived was happening in Manchester. It was a reaction against the past. We’re obviously aware of the heritage, but we’re looking to the future.”

Next week sees Delphic return to Japan for their first headline shows, events Cocksedge can barely wait for.

“We’ve had an awesome time in Japan. It’s a different world. The Japanese are just cool, welcoming people. We’ve only been over a couple of times, once to do Summer Sonic and another time at a new band showcase, but we loved every minute of it.

“At U.K. gigs, people talk and drink, but in Japan they really pay attention. You finish a song, there’s a massive round of applause and then they just stop and silently wait for the next song.

“I haven’t seen as much of Japan as I would have liked, but what I’ve seen is great. I’ll just enjoy whatever I can when I’m there.”

With a hedonistic live show to savor, Japanese fans will no doubt reciprocate the feeling.

Delphic play Soma in Osaka on April 1, tickets cost ¥5,000 ([06] 7732-8888); and Duo in Tokyo on April 2, tickets cost ¥5,000 ([03] 3462-6969). For more information, visit delphic.cc

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