Despite being under the weather this week, I still managed to drag myself out of the house and see The Delays perform at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday night. The best thing about seeing them at Shepherd’s Bush Empire is that it’s a smoke-free zone, and frankly I didn’t need any additional help coughing on my own.
I have always enjoyed listening to The Delays after hearing their first album, Faded Seaside Glamour, a great example of the hauntingly different indie-pop-rock tunes they can produce. They apparently had a fair amount of airplay in the UK, but they also got some airplay back home on Triple J. This particular concert promoted the release of their new album, You See Colours, on Monday. They played a number of songs off their new album, and even though there are definitely heavier rock undertones in contrast to their first album, the poignant vocals and lyrics that are distinctly ‘The Delays’-only is still there. It’s one of those ones that I am going to have to listen to fully sometime very soon.
They mixed playing their new songs with a number of the crowd’s favourites from their first album including Long Time Coming, Bedroom Scene, Nearer Than Heaven and Wanderlust (and so many more). The light show, obviously themed to be consistent with their newest album was amazing and the band did not disappoint on Tuesday.