Album Review: Delamere – ‘Delamere’


Creating a debut album is always a difficult task, because as much as you want to release it as quick as possible, you want to do yourself justice. Delamere have clearly been binding their time creating songs that they’re happy with and finally it’s been released, but have they done themselves justice?

The album opens with already released ‘Bright Young Things’, which is a strong opener and gives the listener an ideal introduction to Delamere. ‘Regress’ then follows which is a bright song with its key strengths coming from a strong melody and ear catching vocals.

Great long intro from ‘Kill it’ really sets the mood and builds it up nicely, until you’re welcomed with the warm vocals. They seem to have this bittersweet style which mixes slightly darker tones with uplifting vocals which act as the light at the end of the tunnel.

Great uses of the synth throughout the album and ‘Black and White space’ really showcases this as it doesn’t over power the song, it simply acts as a soft bed for the music and vocals to lie on. Their use of the synth is also really powerful on the song ‘Heart’, mixed with a really funky beat, once again boasting this dark undertone but using to contrast to the vocals, creating this euphoric sound from all corners.

‘Woods’ is possibly the mellowest of the bunch yet it still sticks to the bands quota. The song heavily leans on the exquisite vocals from the lead singer, and he delivers without fail. It breaks the album up perfectly because up until this song you’ve listened to a lot of banging drums and commanding guitars, so this acts perfectly as the calm before the storm.  ‘Headstrong’ quickly throws you back into the deep end and picks up where it left of, and is a solid addition to the album.

‘Betty Boop’ is nice little number before the big ending; although the song gets a bit repetitive the guitars lift the song up as they really drive it forward and makes the song an important component to the album.

It all ends with ‘Rain’ which is a strong ending to a whirlwind of an album. Although it’s not as in your face or as memorable as “’Kill It’ and ‘Heart’ it has its own qualities. Once again it has this dark side which finally breaks out in this song, and the vocals are as consistent as they have been throughout the album.

As a debut album, Delamere can be happy with this release as not one song falls below the average bar, with them all hitting easily over a 6.5, which makes a strong album. The band clearly has a sound that they’re going for and have executed it perfectly throughout the album faltering and no point. These songs will easily make for good live music, as they have this live feel to them when you’re listening, so seeing them live would enhance this song even more.

Words by Alex Wise @al4563

NEW MUSIC NOW! Delamere – ‘Black and White Space’



Delamere earlier this year were one of the acts that had several eyes on them, and with the release of their new track “Black and White Space” along with their upcoming album release a lot of people are waiting eagerly to see what they can bring to the table. And if this track is anything to go by, music fans could be in for one of the best albums they’ll hear all year.


This track has this suave feeling spilled all around it, because it doesn’t force itself on you it just simply falls across your ears waiting for you to fall in love with it. The simple melody and riff is perfect for the vocals as they seem to entwine with one another at every corner. The band use the synth tactically as they don’t overuse it and let it over power the track, they just let it create this space-like atmosphere around you and give a ton of depth to the track.

“Black And White Space” is taken from Delamere’s debut album out 19 August, which you can pre-order from their website.


13 – Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club
19 – Leek, All Saints Church
23 – Hull, The Polar Bear
26 – Banbury, Also Known As
27 – Ashcombury Festival 2016
28 – Lifest Festival 2016
30 – Leeds, Sofar Sounds (location TBC)
31 – London, Old Blue Last

Words by Alex Wise @al4563

New music Now! Delamere – “Kill it”



Delamere are a band that are very close to WFM, which is down simply to their beautiful music and they’ve done it again. Their new single “Kill It” is a wonder, with atmospherics and melody surrounding every corner. It’s difficult to liken the band to anyone as they’ve developed their sound to a point now where it’s exclusive to them and only them. Musically the band are completely in sync, but a lot of credit has to go to vocalist Fitch who really puts a Delamere stamp on it with his euphoric voice that is unlike many you hear now.

The boys are touring around this month, so if they’re coming to a town near you, make the effort and turn up!


10 Questions for…Delamere!



After sharing the baimagends new song yesterday and hearing their excellent Ep, we managed to get some words off them about their music and musical influences!


First things first how did you come to be?

Myself and Will were in a band together previously which came to a natural end. I suppose it wasn’t really a question of ‘do we want to start another band?’ but more like ‘when are we starting the new band?’ and getting likeminded individuals for whom music matters. Ash was involved with covering a couple of shows with the old band and he was obviously there from the start in Delamere. We had another friend on bass originally, but he spontaneously combusted (left). We’ve all known Daws for years and he had previously played bass for another stoke band which had ceased and was more than up for it. Voila, Delamere.

What genre of music would you say you play?

I honestly couldn’t pigeon hole it, I think there’s aspects of a few genres chucked in there. I think indie naturally covers a large area nowadays, so we’ll chuck that in, with a dash of electronic, a sprinkle of alternative and a pinch of pop for the hooks.

Which bands/artists do you take influences from?

The list for us all can be quite eclectic, me personally I’d say, Radiohead, Local Natives, Brand New, The Beatles, Blur, Foals. That’s probably the stable diet of influence, but to be honest for influence or inspiration, anything we hear on a daily basis, whether its Taylor Swift or Mansionair, there’s aspects of songs of all genres we admire and find influence from.

Best venue you’ve ever played and why?

This is tough, we’ve played a fair few and you get to like venues for different things you wouldn’t really think too much about. I personally enjoyed The Deaf Institute, just for the vibe the room has to it, but I’m going to stay loyal and say our local venue The Sugarmill, I love the sticky floors and the toilets you would never sit on. I love going to gigs there and always enjoy playing there, we know all the team there too so it’s a good environment you’re walking into.

Best gig you’ve ever attended?

Me and Ash went to see At The Drive In when they reformed for that Brixton gig a couple of years ago, that was pretty mega, full on workout just to stay on your feet.. Its definitely up there!!

A band you would most like to support and why?

Personally, any of the bands I mentioned before would be a massive honor. I’d like to support Catfish and the Bottlemen though, think they’re a great band, but more importantly they all seem really sound lads, they come across really humble and all love FIFA.

A band that you would like to work with?

I don’t understand the question to be honest, in a recording term or tour sense. Either way any of the above would be a bonus, but we’re quite happy to work with anyone that’s into it and into it for the right reasons. Nothing worse if you’re trying to put out your best and you’re working with someone that’s not fully invested. Just turns half arsed!

Top five albums you’ve ever heard?

Changes so frequently, id never be happy to say ‘top 5, go’.. and remain happy with it. Favourites that will always remain favourites though are:
Local Natives = Gorilla Manor
Radiohead = The Bends
Mars Volta – De-loused in the comatorium
The Beatles – Let it Be
Pixies – Doolittle

Biggest accomplishment as a band/solo artist?

I think we’ve been a band that’s had a good steady progression of things that we’re happy about, I’d say its tough to single out an individual achievement and say that’s it. We were happy to sell out our first single launch at the Deaf Institute, gave us a good buzz. We’re really chuffed to be announced for all three dates for this year’s Dot to Dot festival!

What’s next in the pipeline?

Selling out the Night and Day (pretty certain that we’re there on that one) for our EP launch of Bright Young Things. Got a few decent festival shows this summer we’re looking forward to and then onto the release of our second EP at the back end of summer. We’re looking to get back in the studio too amongst all that, so a busy year planned ahead.


Cheers guys for your time, really appreciate it! Just would like to apologise for the one question, we shall specify from here on in!

Delamere release new song ‘Bright Young Things’ ahead of EP Release

Delamere are a band that we’re quite fond of at WFM, purely because of their previous releases and the sheer brilliance that comes with each of them.

Well it should be no surprise that their new track ‘Bright Young Things’ is another blissful indie track. The song has a slick groove which lingers from start to finish, with the majority of the credit gearing towards the hip swaying riff. It could be compared to The Courteeners and their later material. However they set themselves apart from their fellow mancunians with the vocals, as they bring the song to a different ground with their larger than life sound.

The song will feature on their new EP ‘Bright Young Things’ and with this being the first taste of it, you can be sure the EP will be a musical success for a band who continues to grow.

The launch party for the EP will kick off at Manchester’s Day and Night on Saturday 21st March, so if you’re down there, it would be worth your while to get down there and see for yourself!

Words By Alex Wise @al4563

New Release: Delamere – ‘Headstrong’


After a long wait Delamere have finally given us something else to chew on with their new track ‘Headstrong’ which could potentially be there best song yet.

The Stoke band has had a rather quiet period regarding new material due to their touring and obsession for everything to be absolutely perfect on the recording. However it’s the small attention to detail that makes the song so attractive and desirable because nothing is out of place.

The song draws your attention from the first second as it just blares into your ears, and combined with the drops and rolls from the drums the song becomes increasingly enticing.  Along with the equally strong chorus, the song is an instant hit as there are no weak spots to be found throughout the track.

The lyrics are tightly knitted and thought through which gives the song that rich feel because it hasn’t just been thrown together, and to top it off they just seem to roll off the tongue, making it feel effortless at times.

Delamere have developed their own indie-atmospheric sound and this is it coming to fruition, which we can hopefully expect more of as they continue to impress because this is the sort of material that will get people excited.


Words By Alex Wise @al4563