UK-BASED quintet Deco returned on Friday, December 3, with their newest pulsating synth-pop single, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – their debut release for Ultra Records.

On “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, Deco transform The Verve’s Britpop anthem into a shimmering, electronic-tinged track that nods in the direction of Duran Duran or Depeche Mode as well as to their modern-day contemporaries in CHVRCHES and The Weeknd.

The band that got a nation of music fans through lockdown, Deco have gathered huge media support, a host of celebrity fans, and become a viral sensation.

Combining a synth-laden, atmospheric instrumental with the soaring vocals of lead singer Max Kendall, it’s another timely example of the group’s ability and proven track record to create undeniable bops with a bite.

In 2019, Deco enjoyed a summer performing on some of the UK’s biggest stages, including Isle of Wight Festival, Truck Festival and Y Not Festival, as well as supporting Jess Glynne at the 8,000 capacity Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Following a sold-out tour in November/December 2019, Deco unleashed their debut EP, Real Life, in spring 2020. They then went on to be nominated for Best Live Act at the AIM Awards, up against AJ Tracey, Bombay Bicycle Club and more.

Much of 2020 for Deco was spent writing, recording, and releasing their best music yet.

Somewhere along the lines of Duran Duran and George Michael, meets Dua Lipa and The Weeknd is where their sound sits now.

Deco hit the ground running in 2021.

Following a string of TikTok worthy covers and content, their mashup of Oasis’ Wonderwall and Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy well and truly went viral, with more than 4 million views to its name.

This led to TV appearances on BBC News and Good Morning Britain, as well as plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Radio X, Absolute Radio, Virgin Radio, and countless more across the world.

Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville said he was “blown away”, and Oasis’ Liam Gallagher gave it his seal of approval by sharing it on his official TikTok account.

In the summer, they took part in BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and supported the likes of Nile Rodgers & Chic and Culture Club at huge outdoor shows.

Deco Bittersweet Symphony – watch on YouTube

Speaking on the release of the band’s take on the Verve classic, lead singer Max Kendall said: “2021 has been a crazy year for us, with the social media buzz, extensive songwriting, and touring since things re-opened in the summer.

“We’re so excited to put out our first new music in over a year, and our first track released with Ultra Records.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony is an undeniable classic that reminds us of growing up, so we hope everyone enjoys our 80s-tinged, synth-pop take on it!”

Now the newest signees to the inimitable Ultra Records – home to the likes of Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and many more – the group’s trajectory is set to reach even loftier and exciting new heights as they begin this new chapter.