Dubbed as gloriously out of step with the rest of Scottish music, Delta Mainlines unique mix of dream pop, shoegazing soundscapes, electronic experimentation, and psychedelia-infused garage rock has brought invitations to perform with Moon Duo, Micah P. Hinson, Jane Weaver, Elephant Stone, The Warlocks and The Telescopes, plus widespread critical acclaim.
Recorded at Chem19 and mastered by Geoff Pesche (Aphex Twin, Blur) at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, debut single Vultures included remixes by Miaoux Miaoux and Remember Remember. Vultures was licensed to Action for Children for their 2016 campaign, premiering on Glastonburys Pyramid Stage. Debut LP Oh! Enlightened was released through Rehab Sound (UK) and Halcyon Records (North America) to unanimous critical acclaim - notably from Uncut, Q Magazine, Artrocker, The Scotsman and God Is in the TV. The release was celebrated with a UK headline tour and BBC live session with Vic Galloway.
Further radio play has included Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 1 and Amazing Radio, with the latters Jim Gellatly (the voice of new music in Scotland) previously championing Delta Mainline as one of the countrys finest live acts. This live sound was captured on EP In a World Full of Madness, the Simple Joy of Melody Can Pull You Through (mastered by CHVRCHES Iain Cook), as the songs cascade from gospel-tinged melodies to intense sonic experimentation.
Previously, the band were showcased amongst the cream of the guitar-based psychedelia-influenced crop (Drowned in Sound) on Strung Out Vol. 1 with Caribou and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Delta Mainlines 2nd album "Bel Avenir", mixed by The Delgados Paul Savage (Franz Ferdinand, Teenage Fanclub), launched in May 2019 with support from Clash Music and Vic Galloway on BBC 6Music.
The first Daniel Land & The Modern Painters album, 'Love Songs For The Chemical Generation', was called "One of the finest shoegaze-tinged, ambient guitar records of its time" by Drowned In Sound, and "Like Slowdive reimagined by Phil Spector" by the NME. It is now widely considered to be a modern classic of the shoegaze genre with Daniel a "Dream Pop cult hero" in the words of The Skinny.
Ten years on from 'Love Songs For The Chemical Generation', Daniel's new album, 'The Dream Of The Red Sails' is a return to the classic Shoegaze/Dream Pop style for which he is better known, and Daniel will be performing songs old and new, with a live band.
"A dazzling array of atmospheric, mesmerising excursions, serves up a whole range of twists and turns with every subsequent listen".
- DROWNED IN SOUND
"Completely out of fashion with the popular music of today, bearing no relation to anything else being made. And I love it to pieces".
- THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"You can't help but think this is the kind of thing the late John Peel would have loved".
- ROB DA BANK, BBC RADIO 1
thelightshines are ten hands bringing you shimmering jangles, sunshine harmonies, guitars, sitars and half-remembered memories.
Formed from a solo project of the same name, thelightshines released their first single in November 2012 on the legendary Great Pop Supplement label. Released to critical acclaim, and quickly selling out, the Soul to Skin / Love, The Amnesiac single offered a glimpse into the band's lush melodic orientation.
The band spent the following year in the studio, recording their debut album Now The Sandman Sings. A celebratory record, Now The Sandman Sings weaves a symphonic tapestry with influences taken from west coast pop, the paisley underground scene, melancholia, psychedelia, the blues, Indian classical music and folk.
The album was released via The Great Pop Supplement on limited edition split blue and clear vinyl in November 2014 and sold out within 48 hours. In May 2015, thelightshines released 'We Are The Sun LP' a split album release with Chatham Rise, again to much acclaim.