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Big Black Delta’s Debut Album Out Today; Live U.S. Dates Announced


Los Angeles, CA – April 30, 2013 – Big Black Delta’s debut full length album is out today via Masters of Bates. The self-titled release streamed exclusively via SPIN for the past week and is now available for purchase via iTunes and streaming via Spotify. To order the vinyl and CD, click HERE. In celebration of the release, last night (April 29th) Big Black Delta performed an explosive live set at Los Angeles’ Bardot for a packed house as part of KCRW’s School Night concert series.

The self-titled offering features a collection of tracks fusing ambient electronic rock with uplifting melodies to create a sound that refuses to be denied. The album’s first single “Side of the Road” was declared a “Best New Track” by Pitchfork, who also premiered the music video for the song (see below), directed by Warren Kommers. “Side of the Road” quickly garnered the attention of remix masters Emperor Machine and Dinamo Azari, who each added their unique style to the track. Check out Emperor Machine’s remix, premiered on Blah Blah Blah Science and Dinamo Azari’s remix, premiered on The Guardian.

Today Big Black Delta announced additional live dates in North America. After a one-off performance at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco scheduled for May 1st, the band will kick off June dates at the Echo in Los Angeles and wrap up on June 22nd at Grasslands in Brooklyn. Following these dates, Big Black Delta will head overseas for UK festival appearances, including stops at Reading and Leeds. See below for a complete list of dates.

The brainchild of Los Angeles native Jonathan Bates, Big Black Delta’s explosive live show features dueling drummers and an orchestrated light show using visual elements of the bespoke album artwork, which was created by Bates himself and creative director Caspar Newbolt. No stranger to pushing boundaries, LA based Bates was, until recently, the driving force behind alt rock favorites Mellowdrone, has been heavily involved in M83’s live and studio sound and has also worked with the likes of White Sea, among others.

Big Black Delta spent most of 2012 on tour with Jane’s Addiction, The Joy Formidable, M83 and releasing the first tracks off the new album, including ‘IFUCKINGLOVEYOU’ and ‘Betamax’ much to the delight of bloggers everywhere. The band also collected some heavyweight fans with Jay-Z and Dave Navarro taking to their online outlets to heap praise on the band. Big Black Delta has also been in demand for remixes for Daft Punk, Rob Zombie, M83, Dhani Harrison’s Thenewno2’s and most recently Maynard from Tool’s new project Puscifer.

“Washes of electronic textures coloring the atmosphere with anxiety-laced euphoria.” – Pitchfork

“…Deliciously wonderful sound. You’re going to love this.” – 


“Frontman Jonathan Bates knows how to strike the perfect balance between pop nostalgia and studio experimentation to come up with something completely unique, mesmerizing, and sublimely delicious.” – KCRW

“Big Black Delta sound so massive, it’s going to be weird if they don’t actually become massive.” – The Guardian


6/4 – Echo, Los Angeles, CA

6/6 – Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA

6/7 – Cellar Door, Visaslia, CA

6/8- Casbah, San Diego, CA

6/10 – Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO

6/12 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN

6/13 – Schubas Tavern, Chicago, II

6/14 – NXNE, Toronto, ON

6/15 – NXNE, Toronto, ON

6/16 – Le Belmont, Montreal, Canada

6/18 – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC

6/19 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY

6/21 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA

6/22 – Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY

7/26 – Capitol Hill Block Party,Seattle, WA

7/27 – Bunk Bar, Portland, OR

9/6 – Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh, NC

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