Formed only a couple of years ago, Nottingham quartet Adelphia are still arguably in their infancy, which makes their list of achievements pretty impressive. Download Festival? Check. Hit the Deck Festival? Check. Media coverage in the big names? Check. Slick video for their latest single? Check.
Adelphia‘s sound is heavily drenched in You Me At Six influences. Smothered, even. In fact, one could argue ‘If I Fall’ would be able to slot in on ‘Hold Me Down’ with ease, such are the similarities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though: a mix of gritty and polished vocals combine with lyrics aimed at an unnamed to create a decent, if rather unoriginal, slab of pop-rock.
Lyrically, it’s a song which sounds pretty good on first listen. However, unless the chorus and verses are aimed at different people, there seem to be some mixed messages emerging: “If I fall, would you be there at the bottom with open arms to catch me darling / Take me into safety, won’t you?” clashes rather messily with “You burnt the bridge, that bond we made / So let’s watch it slowly burn from your mistakes. / I promise this, when karma strikes, / I hope that all of the regret eats you alive.”
If these boys can find their feet and stamp their own identity on their future work, there’s no reason why they can’t pick up some real steam on the back of their increased exposure.
If you live in the midlands, feel free to catch them with a load of other names at Nottingham’s Bodega on the 20th March.