A new single released from Delphi Ravens brings out a refreshing yet classic rock-influenced banger that comes through with a ton of heart and a slightly edgy drive that is incredibly well-balanced with the rest of the song's soundscape.
"Insomnia" is an honest track that manages to hit all the sweet spots that you'd want from a genuine and real-deal classic rock approach done with all the bells and whistles that you would expect.
There are elements about this track that feel almost cinematic at times along with that energy that it captures giving it an almost live performance tonality as well.
This aspect is really cool because it's almost like they recorded it live on the floor just to be able to capture that feeling of the player's energies feeding off of each other and it really works.
One of the most notable factors about this track is that it does have this great attitude about it and feels so genuine that it's almost like you've been hearing it on the radio for decades now.
The combination of that female-fronted vocal that shines with such great presence but also has a smooth almost Soulful approach to it works incredibly well with that more hard-hitting rock backbone.
Also incredibly noticeable is the sheer fact that this band obviously has a love for what they're doing and that aspect just pours out from every no played on this record.
This feels almost like a love letter to the bands that influence them and they did an amazing job at being able to take something that sounds familiar and giving it their own staple.
Things like that are hard to come by these days and in actuality, it's really nice to hear a rock band that's influenced by the genre of a certain time period.
A lot of times you'll have a youthful rock band trying to recreate a classic rock vintage sound but their influences are a little bit off so although it comes out cool, it ends up being a little bit more of an indie rock or an alternative rock feel.
With Delphi Ravens, however, you have the right influences coming through that all make the aesthetic of the single exactly where it's supposed to be.
The guitar tones are perfectly fitting and even the percussion or drumming if you will is spot on along with everything else so you have this track that just oozes this genuine vibe.
This was a nearly perfect classic rock soiree and with its release, we wanted to have a sit-down with Delphi Ravens to find out where this one came from and what might be coming next for the band.
Here's what we found out.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Insomnia"! This track had a well-balanced rock tonality and hinted to an edginess that peeks through! Where did this single come from?
Both Kira (lead vocalist) and I (Papa B) write lyrics. This one came from Kira’s personal experience with insomnia and all the effects of it. Insomnia is one of those conditions that is common but not talked about a lot. Kira thought sharing some of the emotions and feelings caused by it would be a good message to share…and I agreed.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?
I actually had formed the band in 2018 but had the wrong mix of players so I restarted in 2019 and Kira was the first to join. After adding the other members, we began practicing in late 2019 only to have the pandemic nail us like so many others. We had planned to write original music, but the pandemic pushed us to focus on only doing that since we couldn’t play gigs for a couple of years. It was really a blessing in the end.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire other songs for you?
Kira and I co-write all the songs but a couple I wrote entirely. We draw on real life situations and experiences and sometimes causes or issues we support. Most of our music is emotionally driven songs covering a wide range.
Buzz Slayers: This single has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
We have been compared to a diverse group of artists including Deftones, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, etc. I would say our influences are very diverse as well. Both Kira and I listen to a wide range of music from all kinds of genres and around the world as well. A good example is Kira asking if I listened to the ‘Hu’. I thought she meant the ‘Who’ but found out there is a Mongolian metal band called Hu. Incredible group with a unique sound and feel. You can learn something from almost every style in my opinion. I personally am a big fan of Silversun Pickups.
Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
The band members all work except for me. I am an entrepreneur and still have an online business but spend almost all my time on music. Our hobbies are just as diverse as our backgrounds. We are a melting pot. I love diversity and think it breeds creativity. I think bands that say they only want to have members of a certain age, background, etc. are missing out and I can tell by their music. You do have to have common goals, but Delphi Ravens have members with metal, hard rock, jazz, covers, blues, alternative, and other stylistic experiences. That’s how you create your own style, mash it up and see what happens.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Wow, that is hard to answer because we have diverse interests. I personally listen to a lot of very current music but in multiple genres. I personally like alternative music but find ideas and creativity in styles I rarely listen to like country or americana and so on. I make a point of taking in quality indie artists’ music no matter the style.
Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?
Yes, we only started doing live gigs in late 2022 and do about 1 or 2 a month…mostly 1.
We need the time to write, record, and produce the new music and that eats up a lot of time. We always record in good studios as well. All of that takes time to do and coordinate so it leaves less time to play live. We do expect to increase the size of the venues we perform at in the coming months.
Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourselves or hit a big studio for this?
Well, definitely not big studios (cost is too high) and not ourselves. I find the quality of a really good studio is much harder to match than a home studio. If you are doing EDM or House or something like that then doing it yourself makes sense. When you are a band that wants to record well and create the same sound live (which is very rare these days) then I think studios are the only way to go. I am sure some people will disagree, but it works for us.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
Our first EP Sensations came out a few months ago and our latest single ‘Insomnia’ is out June 2nd. Next up is studio work in late summer followed by our next single and our first album in early 2024. More live gigs too!
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
We really appreciate all the support we have received so far and look forward to producing more great music in the future. I still consider us an unknown band, but we hope to gain more followers who enjoy what we do. Want to thank all the radio stations that are playing us as well, we have a lot of followers in the UK and Europe and beyond thanks to radio. 4,000 stations in 2023 have played our music.
We aren’t for everyone, but we know there are millions of people who would love our music if they listen to some of the Delphi Raven tracks!