Kelvin Knight (Delta 5) RIP
We are sorry to report the death of Kelvin Knight – a leading light in the post punk scene and the founder member and drummer with Leeds band Delta Five. Kelvin wrote a few pieces for this site and was a music enthusiast who was still championing bands even up to a few months ago.
Delta 5 were great band – a two bass, boy/girl outfit with angular post punk funk and were the archetype post punk outfit. Kelvin write a great column about the band which you can read here
Alex Staszko knew Kelvin well and sent this
‘I first met Kelvin Knight in 2000, The Chameleons had just reformed and we were following the tour. We met him outside Glasgow Garage a few hours before the gig. He had a big painting of ‘What does anything mean basically?’ on his leather jacket.
We got on like a house on fire instantly, at first he mentioned he was in a band but when pushed he told us it was 80s post punk faves ‘Delta 5’ (in the early 80s their ‘Mind Your Own Business’ single sold over 20,000)
John Robb adds…
Delta 5 were, perhaps, the epitome of post punk.
They were a two bass guitar driven, 3 girl/2 boy outfit from Leeds who managed to break all the Trad Rock rules and create a brave new pop that was beloved of the John Peellisteners of the time but strangely sounds like an almost mainstream pop these days as the rest of the world finally catches up.
Their dislocated dance was fantastic.
I saw them support fellow Leeds band Gang Of Four on tour in 1980 and they were great live. Their words had meaning and their songs were intelligent but still had a spiky, punk energy and a taut British funkiness. They also made the two bass thing work, with those two basses covering top and bottom creating a really supple, elastic modern sound. On top of this, of course, that slashing guitat thing that was so key at the time dropping in and out and leaving space for those great defiant girl vocals that were so perfect.
So many modern bands either sound like them or should check them out for further inspiration- they were decades ahead of their time. Their former drummer Kelvin Knight has written these bits and pieces that give an interesting insight to another era and form part of the sleeve notes/potential backbone of an upcoming book on the band that will form part of yet to be finished book, WARD7BED6 PUNK AND BEYOND.