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Delays | Middlesbrough Town Hall | 30/09/03

Delays Ahead

Gig Review by Dawn / Photo (York 2004) by Dawn

Tonight is a testing time for Delays. Not only is this one of the largest venues they've played thus far, but the continuing chatter as they take to the stage suggests that the majority of the Tuesday evening Teesside crowd are going to be rather more difficult to charm than previous audiences on this tour with Ocean Colour Scene have been.

It's testament to the Southampton quartet's professionalism, then, that those of us who do give them our full attention are rewarded with one of their slickest, most impressive shows to date and that, by the time the boys close their set with forthcoming single Long Time Coming, their bewitching performance has also succeeded in winning over several new fans.

The opening strains of the irresistible Wanderlust drift from the stage and when diminutive frontman Greg Gilbert opens his mouth, his angelic yet powerful voice immediately fills the vast Town Hall and no doubt makes more than a handful of people suddenly sit up and take notice.

The band's intoxicating tunes and perfect harmonies are never demonstrated better than in stunning new song On; as Greg alternates between spinning around the stage and adding his distinctive vocals to those of Colin and Aaron, the music weaves and builds to a crescendo like some sort of enchanting fairground organ, but a million times more melodic.

It's almost enough to make you forget that there are still a few people chattering around you, but not quite - until the lads launch into debut single Nearer Than Heaven with a passion and an enthusiasm so evident and contagious that even the obviously inebriated gentleman beside me can be heard yelling to his companions, 'I liked that one!'

Some of us, however, are more than content to leave the alcohol for later; Delays' spellbinding melodies and hypnotic performance are quite intoxicating enough on their own.

A million thanks to the lovely Delays boys and to Mike. Visit www.theDelays.co.uk for more information.

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