Sunday, 4 August 2013

#145: Introducing...Delamere (U&I Music Magazine - August 2013)

Take any city in the UK, and almost literally, you can find an unsigned scene that's completely saturated with bands and artists from a myriad of genres and backgrounds that are all vying to put their city on the musical map. At best, only a handful from each city will get signed and fewer still will go on to make it. There's those that approach their music with a cocksure arrogance soaked liberally in sense of self-entitlement who, unfortunately do end up going places. Then there's bands like Stoke's Delamere; a band whose music isn't their own way of certifying their own arrogance, but a cathartic means for them and their listeners to escape the drudgery of the everyday monotony.

Rather than release a single EP, the band meticulously write then rewrite singular tracks and release them on an almost monthly basis. Indeed, having only been together a short space of time, releasing each track individually allowed them to garner a fan-base from a small yet steady stream of tracks while the fans in turn eagerly await each single, as opposed to hearing an EP and tiring of it quickly. 

Not that that would be the case, however. Each track released by Delamere upholds a distinctly anthemic ideal; there's an underpinning sense of ambition, hidden brilliantly by a darkly optimistic veneer. The first track to be uploaded to their SoundCloud page, 'Vampire', quickly asserted Delamere as a band with a penchant for aesthetics and suggests an understated intelligence to their song writing rarely exhibited in the indie scene. I caught up with the band earlier in the year, and the same quiet intelligence came through then, though conversely, their sincerity is manifested in their music and in conversation the band are light hearted and chatty. This is a side seen in their most recent track 'Colour Me in'. Uplifting and optimistic, a perpetual high hat drives the song forward and gives texture and grounding to guitars that threaten to float away. Singer James Fitford excels himself in each and every of the band's releases, and it's been an absolute joy to hear them progress and mature over the five months I've been following them.

Support slots with hotly tipped bands such as Peace and Palma Violets suggests that people are beginning to take notice of Delamere, and well they should. The band are so much more than the majority of bands that grace the pages of the nations music press. They harbour a youthful energy that's all too aware of a darker more sincere side of life; it's this dynamic that the band thrives on and it's this that gives them the edge over so many of their contemporaries. Set to release the d├ębut EP towards the end of Summer, there's bound to be big things happening with Delamere and they couldn't be more deserving of it.