The Delays Interview
Rowly and Greg from the Delays answer our questions about their career highlights so far and what and who makes them tick.
the DELAYS interview
Can you remember the moment when you first wanted to be musicians?
Rowly - It was around the time Oasis came out and The Roses returned. I'd always been a massive music fan (not necessarily good music), but after "Definately Maybe" and then seeing The Roses play in Brighton, I didn't want to do anything else.
What are the band's career highlights so far?
Rowly - Making this album at Rockfield is honestly my biggest highlight. Career wise I'd have to include playing Top of the Pops a year or so before it was cancelled; it was an ambition of every young British musician and although most acts on it were awful, it was always an event to see your favourite bands on there.
You have a new album ‘Star Tiger, Star Ariel' coming out in June 2010.
What kind of direction can we expect and what's the album title all about??
Greg - The last album, "Everythings The Rush", was such an explosion of colour and sound - the first time we'd worked with an orchestra - that it was impossible to carry on in that direction, and there was a comedown. We ended up stripping the sound back and being just the four of us again, raw. The sound is tougher and more stripped back, and the album is much darker. The title refers to two planes that disappeared in the Bermuda triangle in 1948 and 1949. The main themes of the album are mystery and loss, and the title is emblematic
You are about to go out on the road again for a UK tour. Are you looking forward to that and what's the amount of dates in a tour before you start to get fed up with it??
Rowly - We cant wait, all of us have seriously missed playing full length tours over the last year or so. We never get fed up of the gigging, but after a couple of months you can get sick of walking round service stations with a hangover, especially after realising that 'hand of truth' palm reading machine is full of shit!
Any summer festival plans?
Rowly - We're gonna wait till next summer before playing them, gonna see nearer the time which ones we'll be free to enjoy out front!
You are a South Coast band. Considering the Joiners Arms and the Wedgewood Rooms are such iconic venues and the public seem to love their music, why do you think that not many local bands seem to make the grade?
Rowly - Its always going to be harder for bands that dont live and 'network' in London, but the reputation of the South Coast has improved massively. There was always great bands in Southampton but with us, Thomas Tantrum, and Band of Skulls all making great records and getting media recognition for them, people are taking music from here more seriously and more bands will come through.
First single ever bought?
Rowly - "Atmosphere" by Russ Abbott, im not proud. Though the B-side "Thoughts of a Child" makes it sound like "Strawberry Fields" in comparison.
First album ever bought?
Rowly - "Songs from Russ Abbott's Madhouse". Again, im not proud.
Last album bought?
Rowly - Gorrilaz - "Plastic Beach" and a near mint vinyl of The Stones - "Between the Buttons". I am proud of that!
Are you vinyl, CD, iTunes or mp3 men?
Rowly - Im iTunes, but vinyl when possible.
Desert Island/Isle Of Mann Discs - What 4 albums would you take?
1 - The Verve - A Storm in Heaven
2 - The Stone Roses
3 - The Beatles - Revolver
4 - The Stones - The London years Singles Collection (bit of a cheat, but i need them all!)
5 - Janes Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
First gig attended?
Rowly - Cities in the Park - Martin Hannett memorial show in Heaton Park, Manchester. Couldn't see anything but a great experience, 808 State especially.
First gig played and its abiding memory?
Rowly - Our first show as 'Corky' was at Horndean Football Club. The gig is a blur but we sprinted up the pitch straight away afterwards shouting our heads off, buzzing in a way you can only get from playing live.
What bands did you support when you were starting out?
Rowly - The first major tour support we did was with Ocean Colour Scene, they were great to us and we had an amazing time.
Best gig played?
Rowly - Headlining Manifest in Mexico City in 2006 still stands out the most, having 6000 people jumping and chanting 'Dee-Lays' was phenomenal and a massive confidence boost after splitting from our first label.
Favourite gig venue?
Rowly - Joiners Arms, Southampton. Its been essential to us and all the Southampton music scene and has a magic that only venues with a great history can achieve.
Vocals: John Lennon
Lead Guitar: Hendrix
Rhythm Guitar: Keef
Bass Guitar: Larry Graham
Drums: John Densmore
Keyboards: Ray Manzarek
Heroes in music?
Rowly - The Rolling Stones
What state do you think the Music Industry will be in 10 years time?
Rowly - I think the only people that will do well are bands that put on a great live show and producers that churn out loads of cheesy one hit wonders, with nothing in between. The difference between great and awful will be more extreme.
Favourite Radio Show?
Rowly - Eddie Temple-Morris, The Remix on Xfm
Favourite tour cuisine?
Rowly - Pringles and crudely made sandwiches (often full of pringles)
Favourite tour drinks?
Rowly - Corona, and JD and coke. Guests can have the wine.
Football teams supported?
Greg, Aaron and Colin are Saints (winners of Johnstones Paint Trophy) and Rowly is a Man City fan (official winners of best kit in England). Been a victorious football year for Delays.
Greg and Aaron played in the Pompey Youth side. Are you like Alan Ball and have a soft spot for both Southampton and Pompey, and were there any players in the same youth squad as you, who went on to ‘make it'?
Greg - The rivalry is'nt something I've ever really thought about - football's an escape, something magic. There were players around who went onto play for the first team, but the highlight for me was training with Alan Ball. I was really young, but he was generous and encouraging, and made you feel like being a footballer was absolutely possible.
How do you think England will get on in the World Cup this year?
Rowly - We've got a great chance, I think this squads as good as Italia 90's, and we were only a penalty away from the final then (which we probably would have won).
Would you like to do an England World Cup song?
Rowly - Maybe if one of the players could top the Barnesy rap, though we're probably better off having "World in Motion" as our permanent anthem.
Who would you consider ‘playing away' from the missus with? (hopefully with her consent):
Rowly - Jessica Rabbit, if its a toon its not technically cheating.
Who would you consider turning gay with? (hopefully with their consent):
Rowly - Roger Taylor from Queen in the 'I Want To Break Free' video, though im not sure that could actually be considered gay.
Heroes in Life:
Rowly - The Stones, Larry David and Tony Benn.
DELAYS 2010 SUMMER TOUR
2-May-10 8:00 PM
Gaymers Camden Crawl London, London and South East
4-May-10 7:00 PM
Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone (With Doves) Folkestone, South
17-May-10 7:00 PM
SOUTHAMPTON JOINERS - CHARITY GIG SOUTHAMPTON
18-May-10 7:30 PM
YORK DUCHESS YORK
19-May-10 7:30 PM
EDINBURGH CABARET VOLTAIRE EDINBURGH
20-May-10 7:30 PM
DUNDEE DOGHOUSE DUNDEE
22-May-10 7:30 PM
LEICESTER SUMO LEICESTER
23-May-10 7:30 PM
CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH CARDIFF
25-May-10 7:30 PM
STOCKTON ARC STOCKTON
28-May-10 7:30 PM
BRISTOL LOUISIANA BRISTOL
29-May-10 7:30 PM
COVENTRY KASBAH COVENTRY
30-May-10 7:30 PM
OXFORD ACADEMY OXFORD
1-Jun-10 7:30 PM
NOTTINGHAM BODEGA NOTTINGHAM
3-Jun-10 7:30 PM
LONDON WATER RATS LONDON
4-Jun-10 7:30 PM
LONDON WATER RATS LONDON
5-Jun-10 7:30 PM
HATFIELD FORUM HATFIELD
7-Jun-10 7:30 PM
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE NORWICH
8-Jun-10 7:30 PM
CAMBRIDGE HAYMAKER CAMBRIDGE