MNFB has been dribbling away for almost a year now (new year’s resolution – write about more music in 2009), and just recently the emails have started to become much more regular. The really nice thing is, the mails have started to be addressed to My New Favourite Band, rather than just being a name in a massive mass mailout. Must be doing something right I like to tell myself.
So anyway, Dublin four-piece Delorentos. They sent me a nice email with a quote from my old pal Jim Carroll who claimed in The Irish Times that their debut album, “In Love With Detail”, was one of the best Irish debut albums of 2007, which sounds like a backhanded complement, until you listen. And if it’s good enough for Jim, I usually listen.
First thought was that it’s a shame they weren’t around at the backend of the Nineties – if they were Melody Maker would have been all over them like one of those nice rashes you get when you like stuff. Having been in more MM cover meetings than is healthy for one lifetime, I would say that a cover wouldn’t have been out of the question. I’m sure I’m also not wrong when I say this lot are probably much, much better live than on record. And on record they sound pretty flipping good.
There’s something of the early U2s about them, with that thrumming, sparse punctuating bass rumble and the chiming guitar, but there’s also the infectious pop mongering of my particular favourite Dublin sons, Ash, chucked in for good measure.
No slouches, this lot have got it worked out. Check out their MS for further proof if it were necessary that it looks and sounds like Delorentos more than ready to take a step up.
- Ver space where you’ll discover ‘All This Time’ isn’t typical of their spiky pop thrum. Further listening is a must.
- £5.96 gets you their debut album from the music journos clearing house of choice, Amazon Marketplace.