You remember Delays, don't you? If not you’d
be best advised to go and unearth ‘Nearer Than Heaven’,
‘Long Time Coming’ and ‘Hey Girl’ to remind yourself
how 2004 was radiant to excelsis with their omnipresent
and unsoiled harmony soaked sunshine indie-pop. The
sophomore album ‘You See Colours’ followed but, aside
from a couple of pleasing toe-tapping surges, the pot
of gold at the end of the rainbow hath run a little
dry and magic was hard to pin-point between the tidy
song-scaffolding. Returning in November with the ‘Love
Made Visible’ EP though, we sense shiny currency again
as the title track sweeps in on an invigorating slipstream,
literally dry drowning in Greg Gilbert’s trademark helium-high
harmonies. A feeling only buoyed by ‘Panic Attacks’
which drives deeper with underlying synths pumping the
pulse, then countered by ‘Slow Burn’ doing exactly what
it says on the tin, like early REM shoegazing. It’s
beautifully packaged too, as an aside. It’s all enough
for us to begin genuinely anticipating the arrival of
their debut for the Fiction label, ‘Everything’s The
Rush’ early next year. Ahead of their comeback proper
then we grabbed a glimpse inside Greg Gilbert's head…
Where are you now? What can you see?
I'm in an opium den in St.Mary’s in Southampton and I can see strippers.
What was the last thing you ate?
Effervescent Vitamin C Pill
What was the last album you bought?
The Kissaway Trail’s ‘Smother + Evil = Hurt’ (on Bella Union). When I first heard the single, it was the first thing I had heard in ages that had melody and really resonated with me.
What was the last movie you saw?
‘Control’ (the acclaimed Joy Division biopic). It took me 3 days to recover after watching it. No I lie....It was Ghostbusters, projected onto a screen.
What are you most looking forward to?
Looking forward to next summer, listening to doo wop music and pruning my garden. Or looking forward to now.
What do you hate right now?
Absolutely nothing. I love doing interviews. J
Have you been told a secret recently? Will you tell us about it?
Yes, I have been told a secret, but I can't tell you.
Where or how do you feel most comfortable?
I feel comfortable on stage. Not the days leading up to it. But as soon as I'm on it, it's fine.
Top moment of 2007, thus far?
It was yesterday, receiving the first copies of our EP. Seeing all the packaging, it was a great moment.
What are your plans for next week?
Just rehearsing loads for the tour, which starts this week.
Out Soon - ‘Love Made Visible’ EP
James Berry for Crud Magazine 2007©