if you weren't convinced about delights by our last feature, you should be by now.
right in the middle of their third tour, the manchester-based four piece stopped through shoreditch to perform at 93 feet east alongside indie bands the motive, inhaler and indea.
adam maxwell's clear vocals filled the room as the band dove into 'sun visor', an endearing number that effortlessly captures delights' ability to deliver a sense of indie nostalgia, but package it in a way that is refreshingly their own. filled with sun soaked guitar and charming lyrics, maxwell showcased his talent on this number with a few vocal liberties, setting the stage for what would be a solid set.
fan-favourite 'jungle' followed, leo willis' clean rhythms and ben squires' summery, driving guitar filling up any open space in the venue. after graciously thanking their audience, the band transitioned into a tune that only attendees are lucky enough to have heard - a promising unreleased track with scintillating guitar riffs, sweet vocal harmonies and a staggering instrumental break that fans should look forward to hearing upon its release.
'is love all you're after?' maxwell belted, the band starting in on 'sun lounger' so slowly it was almost unrecognisable. they picked up the tempo at the first verse, a fun progression clearly appreciated by a crowd that couldn't stand still. without a beat, delights transitioned into 'daydream', the band's most recent release - a laid back number with a dreamy melody, punctuated with edgy guitar riffs.
delights closed their set with 'bloom', an early number that has aged well, packing a heavier punch since its initial release in 2017. bassist ben kirkland's skills were at the forefront, shining through on the bridge alongside floor-filling rhythms from willis.
although the members of delights' talents individually are nothing new, their growth since their last london show in november is crystal clear. delivering brilliant indie melodies alongside refreshingly thought out lyrics, delights have continued to take steady and impressive strides in their development as a group. able to fill a large concrete room with sun soaked vibes, delights' impressive instrumentation, quality songwriting and consistently spot-on vocals all culminated into a tight performance that was certainly the highlight of the night.
if you're up north, there's still time to catch delights live:
02/5 - henry's cellar bar - edinburgh
03/5 - cluny 2 - newcastle
04/5 - cafe totem - sheffield