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Delays / October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 29th July 2010 at 7:00 am
 

One of my favourite bands, Delays are hitting the road in October for their Autumn 2010 UK tour.

Catch them at:

Monday 4th October 2010 – Brighton Concorde
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Birmingham The Glee Club
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – London The Garage
Friday 8th October 2010 – Manchester Academy 3
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Sheffield University
Sunday 10th October 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts
Monday 11th October 2010 – Newcastle Academy 2
Tuesday 12th October 2010 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 15th October 2010 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Southampton University

 

Album Review: Delays – Star Tiger, Star Ariel

 
By on Friday, 25th June 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

I’ve rabbited on a fair bit about it recently, but frankly this album hasn’t received the attention I think it deserves.

“Star Tiger, Star Ariel” is the fourth outing from Southampton’s Delays sees them ditching the summer sun of “Faded Seaside Glamour”, the club of “You See Colours” and the festival of “Everything’s The Rush” and taking up residence on late night drives around the new forest, ending up at Southampton’s docks.

From opener “Find a Home (New Forest Shaker)” you know it’s going to be a hell of a journey. Starting gently, you’ve got the soothing repetition of the keys, the fragile vocals of Greg Gilbert and the slowly building moonlight crescendo, setting off the tone for the journey.

Whilst “Find a Home” might be a bit different a bit more fragile than you’d expect from previous albums, they’re certainly not afraid to make it their most personal collection of songs yet. “Hold Fire” is a perfect song to watch the sun come over the horizon, slowly building into one of their most beautiful songs to date that gently tugs at your heart strings. “Moment Gone” rivals “Faded Seaside Glamour’s” stunning “Bedroom Scene” for the “hairs on the back of your neck” moments, an

That’s not to say that they’ve dropped the huge anthems – oh no. “Lost Estate” has the huge, yearning chorus of “Why don’t you ask me to stay?! I want nobody but you”, and you can’t help but believe that Greg sings it with every last bit of his heart, he genuinely means it. His stunning falsetto is back in abundance with “Rhapsody”, a hypnotic run through the moonlit trees, whilst “May 45” is one of their strongest songs yet –heavily guitar driven yet somehow you’ll have the “d-ream on…” looping around your head for days to come.

The keys and synths are mostly turned down a notch on “Star Tiger, Star Ariel”, but “Brilliant Sunshine” is the one exception – Aaron Gilbert’s chance to shine. Vulnerable yet optimistic, from the chavvy “wo!’s” to the closing loops of “you always bring the fight”, it fits right in with the rest of the album, yet is a return to the dancier tracks of the previous two albums.

Album closer “Star Tiger, Star Ariel” is a pretty big departure from some of their previous songs, with Greg and Colins guitar and bass taking centre stage, a much rockier, angrier number than much of their previous stuff, and they certainly manage to pull it off – for some who loved “Pieces” from “Everything’s the Rush”, they’ll surely love this.

All in all, “Star Tiger, Star Ariel” might be seen to be a departure in sound by some, but then they’ve never been afraid of change (remember that shift from guitars to synths between “Faded Seaside Glamour” and “You See Colours”?) and challenging themselves. If you want something that’s a bit different this summer, a gift that will keep giving, go and get yourself “Star Tiger, Star Ariel”. If you don’t like it, you don’t have a soul.

MP3: Delays – Unsung (Torch Team Remix)
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201006/UNSUNG _Remix_.mp3]

MP3: Delays – Find a Home
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/delaysfindahome.mp3]

You can order your copy of the album on Amazon now.

 

MP3 of the Day #200: Delays – Unsung (Torch Team Remix)

 
By on Wednesday, 16th June 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Yes, yes, yes, I rather love Delays, but there’s no denying that their new album is rather sensational.

This remix of their lead single, Unsung, by brother Aaron Gilbert reflects this – both club ready and that melancholic Sunday morning “look-back-on-the-weekend” feeling, you can’t help but fall a tiny bit in love with it. Download, listen and enjoy below.

MP3: Delays – Unsung (Torch Team Remix)
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201006/UNSUNG _Remix_.mp3]

(And previously…)
MP3: Delays – Find a Home
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/delaysfindahome.mp3]

 

Video of the Moment #260: Delays

 
By on Thursday, 3rd June 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Sometimes plain and simple is best, and that’s exactly what Southampton’s Delays have gone for for their new video for lead single, Unsung.

They’ve returned to their roots, producing an album that’s more reminiscent of their début Faded Seaside Glamour than their more recent two electro-pop tinged efforts. More mature, it’s meant to soundtrack late night drives through the New Forest ending up at Southampton Docks as the sun comes up.

Watch the new single, Unsung, below, and download album opener “Find a Home (New Forest Shaker)” below that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2imvIocUjJk[/youtube]

MP3: Delays – Find a Home
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/delaysfindahome.mp3]

 

MP3 of the Day #181: Delays

 
By on Friday, 14th May 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Southampton’s Delays are one of my favourite bands of the past five years. Full of amazing pop songs, they’ve had indie dancefloor fillers, summery pop and slower stuff, with each album having quite a different feeling to the last. Now they’re gearing up for their fourth album, ‘Star Tiger, Star Ariel’ on 21st June 2010, through Lookout Mountain Records, which sees a return to their first album guitar led pop.

You can catch them on tour starting next Tuesday, and download album opener “Find a home” below.

MP3: Delays – Find a Home
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201005/delaysfindahome.mp3]

 

Delays / May and June 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 30th March 2010 at 7:21 pm
 

Seems there’s a lot of amazing talent in Southampton at the moment. Band of Skulls are blowing up in America, Jazica played our TGTF gig night and blew the place apart, and now it’s hopefully the turn of Delays. Releasing their fourth studio album, “Star Tiger, Star Ariel” on 7th June, they’re one of my favourite bands ever with their boundless on stage energy and great catchy pop songs.

Tickets for the below dates go on sale at 9am tomorrow, 31st March. The London dates are sure to sell out pretty quickly, so get them quick.

Tuesday 18th May 2010 – York Duchess
Wednesday 19th May 2010 – Edinburgh Caberet Voltaire
Thursday 20th May 2010 – Dundee Doghouse
Saturday 22nd May 2010 – Leicester Sumo
Sunday 23rd May 2010 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 25th May 2010 – Stockton Arc
Friday 28th May 2010 – Bristol Lousiana
Saturday 29th May 2010 – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 30th May 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy
Tuesday 1st June 2010 – Nottingham
Thursday 3rd June 2010 – London Water Rats
Friday 4th June 2010 – London Water Rats
Saturday 5th June 2010 – Hatfield Forum
Monday 7th June 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Tuesday 8th June 2010 – Cambridge Haymaker

 
 
 

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