Ok so I don’t think I’ve ever been trolled by a press release before. Given the music market’s current over-saturation I was unsurprised to have not come across Melbourne indie rockers The Deloraines, a band “with sales of over 65 million copies worldwide and performances to over 7.5 million fans”…
Although they’re not quite as recognised as they say they are, The Deloraines bloody well could be, and Wake Up might just start their ascent to immortality.
After the unfortunate departure of frontman Brendan Devey eight years ago, Jake, Matt, Sean and Ronan have been “struggling with direction and identity ever since.” These self-described “modern day rock gods” are apparently on the Melbourne Leg of their massive stadium tour, before returning to Lilydale for another sold out arena tour.
This is about where I twigged that maybe I was being taken for a ride… I mean an arena tour in Lilydale? It’s all too clear that The Deloraines definitely have a flair for the dramatic, and after discovering they weren’t in fact a world renowned rock group, I approached their new single Wake Up expecting a great time. I wasn’t disappointed.
Coming straight out of the gate at speed, Wake Up plays just like an early Arctic Monkeys B-Side. Full of boppy energy, razor sharp guitar tones and tight bass. Singer Jake Nicholson boasts a distinct style, with howling vocals halo’d by rings of delay; but this isn’t the only thing that sets The Deloraines apart from their British counterparts.
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Taking a page right out of the psych playbook, the tune features an airy, wavering bridge held together with the bone-dry percussion emblematic of the bands style. If they ever really had a problem with direction, Wake Up exhibits the bands new fervour for experimentation, and the results are pretty dam great.
Maybe one day they’ll be able to pack out one of Lilydale’s stadiums in a few years. Got to admire their ambition, but for now they’ll have to settle with the Grace Darling.