Delamere – Delamere
19th August 2016
Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys discover’s his softer poppy side with this lovely LP from Delamere.
Delemere really do sound like a band of their time. They are an indie band by default, yet their sound is big and is riding the perfect wave of such guitar pop infused contemporaries as Coldplay, Alt-J and Bastille.
Hailing from Stoke, and having cut their teeth supporting indie buzz bands such as Peace and Palma Violets in their home-town, they seemed destined for greater things. Their sound is so BIG that it was obvious almost from the outset that Delamere were a band destined for a bright future. Their first singles earned crucial early airplay from the likes of Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing in Stoke, with later releases ‘Bright Young Things’ and ‘Heart’ being aired on National Television on Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea and Sky Sports’ Soccer AM respectively, expanding their regional success to a national scale.
Finally, Delamere have finished their self titled debut album and will be released on Scruff of the Neck Records on 19th August 2016.
From the start, Delamere show their soft side with twinkly guitars and an experience close to euphoria. ‘Bright Young Things’ explodes into a really upbeat foot tapper of a track. It has a really nice insistent beat that drags you in.
Second track, ‘Regress’ has a great keyboard led lead track, but with distorted vocals sung through a megaphone with lots of echo! It has a great guitar line running throughout the chorus too!
‘So Long’ is beautifully sung with a great throaty (and often) throbbing baseline running throughout. The vocal lament of “keep on trying” over the noisy electronic and bass is very infectious. ‘Kill It’ slows down the proceedings somewhat with its steady build up, to a big drum sound and the big chorus.
‘Black And White Space’ has another twinkly guitar intro leading into yet another big sound for this indie four piece. They have a very 80s tinge to them that reminds me of Big Country and Simple Minds. ‘Heart’ is again another big song, but what a great one! Big soaring melodic chorus with distortion in the background, this track is beautifully sung and has a Don Henley-esque ‘Boys of Summer’ guitar line running in the background. ‘Heart’ is a seriously great song.
The big sound of ‘Heart’ leads into the gentle, slow and ethereal vocals on ‘Woods’. Two very contrasting tracks, yet undoubtedly from the same band. ‘Headstrong’ follows quickly and is punctuated by bombastic drums and bass. It’s very upbeat and yet again has souring instrumentation and big sounds. There is some nice distortion buried amongst the melodies and heartfelt vocals. A great song.
Penultimate track ‘Betty Boop’ has a very experimental feel to it at the beginning. But then suddenly angular guitars and big distortion envelopes the instrumentation to create a maelstrom of melodic noise to compliment the laid back lyrics and delivery.
Final track ‘Rain’ is again more slow and measured in its delivery. It even feels romantic! And with its heavy electronica and guitar noise backing it, it really is hard to argue with its scope. Good stuff.
Not usually to my tastes, Delamere’s pop sensibilities and song writing abilities have softened this old fart’s usual grumpiness and opened his mind to the ability of being noisy, but melodic and poppy. Across the ten tracks Delamere straddle this fine line perfectly and certainly deserve second, third and fourth listens to this far reaching album. I’d be very surprised that Delamere aren’t touring their second LP this time next year. Eye opening.
FRI 19/08/16 | ALL SAINTS CHURCH | LEEK
TUE 23/08/16 | THE POLAR BEAR | HULL
FRI 26/08/16 | ALSO KNOWN AS | BANBURY
SAT 27/08/16 | ASHCOMBURY FESTIVAL
SUN 28/08/16 | ACTRESS & BISHOP | BIRMINGHAM
TUE 30/08/16 | SOFAR SOUNDS | LEEDS
WED 31/08/16 | OLD BLUE LAST | LONDON
FRI 02/09/16 | THE ANVIL | BOURNEMOUTH
THU 08/09/16 | BUSKERS | DUNDEE
FRI 09/09/16 | MASH HOUSE | EDINBURGH
SAT 10/09/16 | ACADEMY 3 | MANCHESTER
FRI 16/09/16 | THE UNDERGROUND | BRADFORD
SAT 17/09/16 | RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL
SAT 17/09/16 | EIGER STUDIOS | LEEDS
All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive.