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Welcome Back Delta - Sucker album review

Stoner rockers Welcome Back Delta come straight outta the Cotswolds

Welcome Back Delta Sucker album cover

Whenever they venture out from the underbelly of their native Cheltenham, this stoner/hard rock quartet have been building a reputation, touring with the likes of Clutch, Karma To Burn and Nick Oliveri. Sucker is their second album and while their inexhaustible supply of riffs are scarcely original, they’re played with panache. The band are well-honed and the singer’s voice has a commanding presence.

After a while the relentless one-dimensional pace can become wearying, although they have several tricks up their sleeve to deal with it. The only time they deliberately drop the pace, for the reflective The Magic Of Flight, the singer finds it hard to cope. They’ll need to work on that.

Meet Welcome Back Delta: the Essex boys specialising in smut and swamp rock

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.