(Scruff of the Neck)
REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, but now adopted Mancunians, Delamere’s self-titled full debut has been eagerly anticipated, following the success of last year’s EP ‘Bright Young Things’, exposure on such programmes as Made In Chelsea and Soccer AM and the fact they recorded at the same Liverpool studio where Blossoms put together their recent chart-topping offering.
Right from the very beginning, it is clear that this is definitely not going to be a run-of-the-mill first LP.
With each track, the band bring something new to the table, with a diverse, mature sound switching seamlessly from soft to heavy, for example, the tender ‘Woods’ is sandwiched between two of the heftiest sounding songs, ‘Heart’ and ‘Headstrong’.
A constant is the emotive, melodic vocal delivery of frontman James Fitchford, which fits both the slower and more faster paced compositions easily.
Some albums will have three or four brilliantly crafted tracks, with the rest basically being filler material, but with this, you can tell much care and attention has gone into getting everything right.
It is one of the strongest debut albums I have heard in a long time, and judging by this, it will surely only be a matter of time before Delamere are enjoying the same success that bands like Blossoms are at the moment.
TOP TRACK: ‘Black & White Space’