About the Artist
Delays return to the fray this May with a brand new album on Fiction Records.
Since the release of 2006's "You See Colours", which spawned the alpha-pop hits "Valentine" (an NME Track of The Week) and "Hideaway" the Southampton quartet have had a roller-coaster time of it: from sold-out U.S. tours, playing to huge crowds at T in The Park, The Isle of Wight Festival, The V's, a bull-ring in Mexico and recording their new album in a chateaux in Spain, to nervous exhaustion, personal upheaval and parting ways with their old label. 2008 finds Delays confidently looking to the future, with a new deal with Fiction and a fantastic new album packed with technicolour hits. The schoolboy friends and band-mates for a decade (brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert, Colin Fox and Rowly) are geared up and ready to go.
Recorded over twenty days in Spain with producer Youth (Primal Scream/Verve/Paul McCartney),"Everything's The Rush" is the sound of Delays striding confidently into a new chapter. The tunes are even brighter, the choruses even bigger, the need for emotional rescue greater than ever. "We recorded at Youth's villa in Grenada, which is high up in the mountains" explains Aaron (keyboards/vocals). "The live room has got a huge window with panoramic views over the Sierra Nevada range. When you're staring at a mountain in a room full of amps, you want to make a sound that's as big as the sky."
The songs may be the musical equivalent of a huge gulp of alpine air, but listen closer and the lyrics reveal a darker aftertaste. "One third of the album relates to the detritus of us getting out of our old deal and our private situations, and the other two thirds are about the joy of discovering new things and the beauty of making music again" explains Greg (vocals/guitar). "A song like "Hooray" sounds really uplifting, but it's actually about me having O.C.D" he laughs. "It seemed too easy to write a maudlin song. For me, music is at its best when it's fragile and human; people crave that connection." "For us," says Aaron "melody is king. We want to make music which sends a shiver down your spine." Hear it in the rich swell of "Keep It Simple", the sky-scraping stomp of "Touchdown", the rich pop melodies of "Love Made Visible" and the string-soaked cornerstone of the album "Pieces".
Turn up the speakers; join the rush.