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Big Black Delta

Big Black Delta is an electronic solo project of Jonathan Bates, frontman for Los Angeles indie rockers Mellowdrone. His music under the BBD moniker is equally influenced by hook-heavy '80s new wave and synthesizer-driven film soundtracks. The project began when Mellowdrone decided to take an extended break in 2010 after a decade of recording and touring, and Bates found himself questioning whether life in a band was for him after all. As well as briefly playing in M83 on tour, Bates worked as delivery man and sound technician, before his friend and former Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini introduced him to the benefits of creating music on a laptop. Bates became engrossed and it was during an intense period of creativity that Big Black Delta was born. Harnessing guitars and warped electronics to create a wall of sound, Big Black Delta -- also the term used to describe a man-made UFO -- released a free EP titled BBDEP1 in 2010. He also collaborated with War Widow on a cover of Cheap Trick's "He's a Whore." Debut full-length BBDLP1 appeared on Coming Home Records in 2011. During the same year, Big Black Delta remixed M83's hit single "Midnight City," and the two acts teamed up to remix "Fall" from Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Singles If***ingloveyou and Betamax followed in 2012 through Bates' own Master of Bates label, which issued a reconfigured, self-titled version of Big Black Delta's debut album in the spring of 2013. BBD kept busy working on new material, as well as remixing songs by Puscifer, Jaga Jazzist, and Phases. In 2015, Big Black Delta released new singles "It's OK" and "RCVR," the latter featuring '80s teen pop star Debbie Gibson. The full-length Trágame Tierra followed in 2016. ~ Daniel Clancy
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Selected Discography

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Track List: BBDEP1

1. The Zebrah

2. Ifuckingloveyou

3. Dreary Moon

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Track List: Betamax

1. Betamax

2. Ifuckingloveyou

3. LeonardMcGeonardvsDrunkenCalculator

4. Betamax Put The Gun On The Floor

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Track List: Big Black Delta

1. Put The Gun On The Floor

2. Side Of The Road

3. Huggin & Kissin

4. Capsize

5. Money Rain Down

6. Betamax

7. The Zebrah

8. Ifuckingloveyou

9. X22

10. Dreary Moon

11. Pb3

12. Into The Night

13. Love You This Summer

14. Ghostrider

15. The Zebrah (Accelra Remix)

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Track List: Trágame Tierra

1. H.A.

2. Steer The Canyon

3. RCVR (Feat. Debbie Gibson)

4. Bitten By The Apple (Feat. Kimbra)

5. Kid Icarus

6. Overlord

7. Well My Heart

8. Let's Go Home

9. It's OK

10. Strange Cakes

11. I See Fit

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Pretty epic on many levels. Taking cues from many 80's specimens and formulating something very fresh yet nostalgic.
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Saw them with Gary Numan and holy sssssshit what a great artist
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Found BBD through the closing credits on an episode of Hemlock Grove about 2 months before the album was release. Awesome find! :D
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I purchased the self titled vinyl the same night I saw BBD open for Gary Numan. I wish I had discovered it sooner. Might be my favorite album born in 2013.
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Sounds like Jeff Lynne of E.L.O singing. That's a good thing.
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Jonathan Bates weaves a hypnotic, textural and layered blanket of sound that dives into the unknown universe. Also just saw him at the Fillmore in SF - he has an excellent voice and melody lines mixed with intelligent, poetic lyrics - one of the best albums i've heard since Radiohead's OK COMPUTER. 5 Star Rating!!!!!
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Saw him open for Gary Numan. Amazing. Bought the album the next day. The whole family loves the album. Can't praise it enough!
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So good
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saw at Townhouse in Venice CA
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Best new band of 2013
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alex_x_1995
Excellent band!
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macie.mckitr i c k
saw them as an opening act for M83. really cool live!

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