Thursday 25 April 2019

Delorentos' crazy year

Fingal band reflect on hectic 12-month schedule

The Delorentos
The Delorentos

While they may have been fairly quiet of late, behind the scenes the band have been busier than ever, both in and out of the studio. Certainly anyone who may have caught any of near neighbours Director's shows will have noticed a familiar act opening for the Malahide men, as Delorentos road tested material from their forthcoming album under an assumed name.

With 20 songs in the bag, the follow-up to 'In Love With Detail' is well on the way – understood to be titled 'You Can Make Sound' – and will give a strong indicator of just how crazy the year has been, both in content and delivery. As the band were gearing up to independently release their first album in the UK, a new label made contact offering a great deal, which the lads accepted. The foursome spent the summer writing and recording their new album, at the same time agreeing a deal with the label. However, due to financial problems, the deal was scrapped in November. At the same time, the band's distribution company folded, meaning their plans for a UK release were also put on hold. Not to be held back, the lads took it on the chin.

'These are strange times for everyone, and for us in the music industry there has been a lot of uncertainty,' they told their website.

'But since it all fell through things have changed and we have turned a corner. Once again, as ever, the music has helped us regroup. We've found the sense of freedom and optimism in just writing good songs.

'We started this band with wide-eyed optimism – all that mattered was writing, performing and enjoying it. Somewhere down the line we got distracted by the 'industry' and with that came complications.

' We've done things our own way and didn't think we'd get burned like so many other bands. But we took a risk, and we'd do it again, because that's what musicians have to do.'

With enough material for a double album, the band tested their new tunes out both incognito and as themselves, supporting Damien Dempsey at his New Year's Eve show at Vicar Street last week. The good news is the adversity has brought triumph.

'Out of all the turmoil have emerged some of the best songs we've written,' they continued. ' We're not moaning, we're not bitter, we're not going to worry. All that matters is the songs.

'All that matters is playing them and all that matters is that we're making music we love and we hope will stir something in other people.'