Artist Spotlight: The Delta Lions

The Delta Lions have come a long way in just a few years. A hard work ethic of writing, rehearsing and constant gigging has helped the band deliver a collection of songs destined to be remembered by people who know good rock and roll long after they decide to call it a day.

You could liken them to the sum of artists such as The Replacements, The Plimsouls and Drive By Truckers, but The Delta Lions definitely have a sound all of their own. Kind of rock, kind of country, kind of bloody good really.

Members Michael Ferfoglia (guitar/vocals), Mat Taylor (drums/vocals), Ryan Wilson (bass) and Ben Leece (guitar/vocals), first came together to start writing in 2010 with shared influences of the 80s/90s cow punk and alt country scenes, Minneapolis bands such as The Replacements, Husker Du and Soul Asylum and the soulful, bluesy sounds of the Memphis based Stax record label. The songs seemed to come easily and the band began recording sessions in 2011 which eventually become their debut album Magnetic South. The album was a complete independent production, recorded, mixed and mastered in drummer, Mat Taylor’s home studio, Scabbey Road, by Mat and Mick of the band. Magnetic South is ten songs in full and has been compared to Drive By Truckers, Old 97s and Social Distortion.

Following the success of 2012s debut, the band released their second full length album Post Code in August of 2013. It features nine songs in total, once again recorded with a complete DIY approach by Taylor and Ferfoglia in Taylor’s home studio. This time Simon Struthers of Forensic Audio was employed for mastering credits, whose work has included the likes of Bob Evans, Paul Dempsey, Something For Kate and Papa Vs Pretty. The overall sound of the record was a progression from Magnetic South, showcasing more mature songwriting, tighter playing and greater cohesion as a whole. Post Code was released on iTunes, CD and on vinyl as part of a limited run of 150 LPs. It has been positively received amongst audiences attracting airplay and some excellent reviews.

The Delta Lions have continued their hard work ethic playing as often as any venue will have them. In support of the release of Post Code the band headlined an East Coast tour playing all major cities as well as regional areas in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. They have made regular appearances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and shared stages with Australian greats and Internationals which has helped them continue to grow a loyal following. It would also seem the good word is starting to spread overseas with the latest album receiving praise and radio time in the US, UK and Europe.

You can find out more about the band by visiting their website

Written by Newcastle Live

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