The Delines

The Delines

By The Deaf Institute

Event Time Thu 10th Nov at 7:00pm-Thu 10th Nov at 10:00pm
Event Location The Deaf Institute, Manchester


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The Delines




“Wonderfully immersive stuff... The Sea Drift has been honed to a fine shine musically and lyrically, with guitarist and feature-film-adapted novelist Willy Vlautin sketching the ultra-vivid character studies that Amy Boone inhabits.” MOJO 4 stars

“Here are 11 songs of a romantic, Southern country-soul bent, as economical and well-judged in arrangements and execution as they are in their lyrical content, which is both painfully poignant and utterly unsentimental. The Delines’ way with romance is all their own, and for 41 sweet, orchestral minutes, time is suspended as we watch with our ears.” Uncut – 8/10

July 10th, 2022 - The Portland, Oregon based country-soul group The Delines released their third studio album, The Sea Drift, via Décor Records this February. The cinematic 11-track album from the musical collaboration of Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and Amy Boone (The Damnations) has received widespread critical acclaim including 4 star raves in Q, MOJO, Sunday Times, UNCUT, Financial Times, and Record Collector plus a new feature in the new UNCUT. They are returning this Oct/November for more shows after selling out shows in Dublin and Kilkenny this Spring. They will be reissuing all their albums on vinyl this July as well as a brand new single and video for this October.

Willy Vlautin gained notoriety for as the frontman of the alt-country group Richmond Fontaine through a new voice and perspective offered by Amy. In addition to being a songwriter, Willy is an acclaimed novelist with two of his books Lean On Pete and The Motel Life being adapted into feature films, so it’s no wonder that his newest material has such a visually evocative and cinematic mood.

On The Sea Drift, The Delines once again partnered with producer John Morgan Askew who produced 2014’s Colfax and 2019’s The Imperial, which spent two weeks topping the UK Official Americana charts.

The Sea Drift is the first new material recorded by The Delines since Amy Boone was in a horrific car accident in 2016 that hospitalized her for multiple years and delayed the completion of their 2019 album The Imperial until Amy was able to stand on her own two feet again to finish recording the already mostly completed record.

The music of The Delines is clearly rooted in the past, as Willy and Amy have bonded over their shared love of soul and country songwriters from the 60s like Tony Joe White and Bobbie Gentry, but what makes this album so special is how it manages to evoke these voices from eras gone by without ever sounding stayed or overly traditional.

Tour support comes from Belfast's Arborist. Arborist came to the attention of critics with their debut single, the Americana-tinged Twisted Arrow, which features an astonishing duet with Kim Deal of The Breeders. Their 2016 debut album Home Burial was nominated for the Northern Irish Music Prize and released to critical acclaim, with Mojo hailing it as 'a staggering debut of depth and substance' and the Guardian calling it an 'instant classic'.

Mark McCambridge played his first show as Arborist a few years ago supporting James Yorkston. A solo tour of Ireland followed before impressive performances led to notable support slots alongside Low, Cat Power, Echo and The Bunnymen and Guy Garvey. The most recent Arborist album, A Northern View, was released in February 2020 – featuring 'the kind of balance found in records like Wilco's A Ghost is Born or Songs Ohia's Magnolia Electric Co'.

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