Brighton’s Delta Sleep have quietly been become a really exciting prospect over the last few years. Since their debut Twin Galaxies dropped in 2015 they’ve been touring the world and finding homes for their ever so slightly unusual blend of infectious math-rock that perfectly balances the eccentricities of the genre with the importance of good songwriting – something that is all too easily forgotten.

“I’m just cooking up half a dozen potato waffles…so it’s going pretty swell right now” opens bassist Dave Jackson. “Band wise we’ve been scurrying away in deep Sussex writing the next album for the past few months and planning the next expedition – It’s an exciting time!”

The band are one of a clutch of Brighton acts that are making inroads internationally, and since their debut have toured across the UK, Europe and even further afield. “Japan was a particular highlight for all of us” explains Dave. “It’s one of those places you grow up dreaming about touring around. There’s an air of complete unknown and mystery and it blew my mind.”

But it’s not always easy, and touring countries with reputations for occasionally being a little close to the edge can definitely test bands nerves. “Mexico was wild! Some things are better off left unsaid, but we got into some prickly little situations over there. Our last night in Mexico City was like something straight outta GTA… But when there are 24 hour restaurants that sell 30p tacos and beer for less than a quid you never want to leave.”

The Brighton music scene has always been peculiarly fertile, and for a particular segment of that scene, Small Pond, a collective centered around a recording and rehearsal studio, is at the heart of that. “Me and a small group of good friends built Small Pond back in 2014” explains Dave. “We started out as a tiny gang of friends putting on shows and filming music videos and live sessions until we got our hands on a disused tattoo piercing storage unit and built the Small Pond HQ. We’re lucky enough now to be part of a big community that’s connected primarily through friendship and music. It’s real nice!”

2018, it seems, will see the follow up to Twin Galaxies finally land. Rather than renting a studio in the UK the band decamped to MAM studios in Italy. The decision was an easy one recounts Dave. “We worked out that it was cheaper to go to Italy and play some shows on the way down than pay for a studio in Brighton or London, so that’s what we did, and it was really, really hot and beautiful. and the record sounds decent as well so everybody wins.”

This year sees the band make their return to Handmade, which hasn’t always been the easiest experience for the quartet. “Last time we played we showed up about 5 minutes before our set and couldn’t find our way into the building. The time before that we played at Firebug and everything broke, including their van. This time our aim is to turn up on time and not break down!”

Hopefully there’s a first time for everything.

Delta Sleep play Handmade Festival at O2 Academy Leicester on the weekend of the 5th & 6th May.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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