Delamere play their biggest headline show this weekend headlining Manchester Club Academy. The gig represents the launch of their new single Heart, which has been gathering rave reviews, and is a taster for their debut album which they hope to record and release in early 2016. We caught up with them for a chat ahead of the show.
First of all, could you introduce the band please?
Tall Blonde James Fitchford is on lead vocals, guitar and synth. Tall dark and beard Ash Egerton play guitar and sings backing vocals. Blonde Will Mason plays drums and synth and sings backing vocals and dark hair Rich Dawson plays bass.
How long have you been together and how did you start?
The original Delamere formed in 2011, but when the original bassist decided to part company with the band Ash suggested asking his work friend Rich who’d played bass in the past with a Stoke based band
Could you tell us a little about your songwriting process and who/what inspires you?
Inspiration can come from different places, there may be a lyric or melody that one of us has in our head so an idea may begin from there and we will then begin to demo the idea or we as a band do a lot of demoing and have samples going on in a lot of our tracks so sometimes song ideas just come
from a synth sample or some ambient noise. We all tend to click at the same time that there is something working with a sound then the natural layering process builds from there.
Once the song parts are created we will demo the track and try to perfect the transitions and then the song is in a state to be ready for production and recording.
Your new single Heart has had a lot of positive feedback. Could you tell us a little about the song?
Heart is one of our oldest tracks, it is very popular live due to the additional percussion elements which are done live by James.
The lyrics are about when James was unwell with a condition called pericarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart. Essentially any kind of movement was extremely tiring so he was bed/couch bound for sometime. He had to basically do nothing and wait for his heart to heal. The lyrics tend to take on a new meaning when you know this, people often mistake it for being about waiting or hanging on for a loved one.
You're about to go out on a big nationwide tour. Are you excited / nervous about playing to new audiences?
We are really looking forward to the tour, it will be nice to play some new cities and revisit old venues and friends we have made over the years. We are looking forward to showcasing our new set and I wouldn't say we are nervous about performing to new audiences. The only thing we are nervous about it making sure Ash's van gets from city to city!
And what are your plans after the tour and for 2016?
We are planning on having an album out next year so we hope to start to get our head down through the winter months and start to demo some of the new songs we have knocking around in readiness for recording in the new year. We hope to get some more festivals under our belt next summer and no doubt there should be a good few live dates as well.
For people hearing about you for the first time, how would you describe your sound?
We always find this question hard, which I suppose is a good thing!
But i'll try... Soulful vocals, Big guitar riffs and driven beats served on an electronica pizza base.
10th - Manchester - Academy 3
14th - Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge
15th - London - The Black Heart
16th - Liverpool - The Magnet
21st - Leeds - Oporto
23rd - Sheffield - The Rocking Chair
25th - Bristol - Start The Bus w/ Alex Vargas
6th - Preston - The Ferret
14th - Nottingham - Bodega
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