Delays – 'In Brilliant Sunshine'
It's well and truly gig season again here in Sheffield and of the four that I would have liked to have hit this past week I only managed two of them (Everything Everything and Delays). Bust still, two is many more gigs than I've been to recently.
Delays really are great. They've been around for a while now, with my fandom going back to the days of their debut album Faded Seaside Glamour in 2004. Somehow last night was the first time I've seen them live, and boy were they good. As they're on album number four now most of the music press has lost interest and this year's Star Tiger, Star Ariel has sadly underperformed. This baffles me, and cuts to the centre of what I've long wondered about Delays.
Why are they not HUGE?
The jangly pop songs of theirs are so perfect that they should be melting hearts across the board; from the indie kids to the teenage girls and middle aged men. Their more upbeat dancier stuff meanwhile can kick the ass of many inferior acts who try a similar thing (Calvin Harris, I'm looking at you), but is for some reason confined to minor stages at festivals when it should be blowing away the big crowds.
Honestly, the best bet is to blame the marketing.
Take 'In Brilliant Sunshine' from Star Tiger, Star Ariel for instance. One of the highlights of Saturday's set it's not a track that I took that much notice of on the album. Live it's tremendous and whipped the crowd up very nicely. And this isn't even Delays at their best. They've mastered the pop song. Someone give them some fucking recognition!