Delay has this incredible knack for distilling power pop and pop punk down to nothing but the great parts. The tendency seems to be that people just outgrow this kind of music. As we get older, theres something about the simple and the immediate that just doesn’t satisfy anymore and we trade in our Blink 182s for Radioheads (or Brand News for Wilcos and on and on.) Instead of outgrowing power pop, Delay has matured the genre it’s self. Rushing Ceremony never bores me. On this LP the twins have created an amazing mixture between downtempo, almost Weezer-esque, power pop jams and fever pitched pop punk songs that defy the conventions of simplicity while remaining relatable. Upon first listen the songs are catchy, but when you really think about the chord progressions and song structures you realize how next level they are (a-la Descendents songs.) Rushing Ceremony delivers a tasteful mix of hooks and curveballs in all the right places. A standout for me is album closer So Glad. It reminds me of a forgotten 90’s radio hit (an awesome one) with its earworm verses and fuzzed out chorus. On the frenzied punk end of the spectrum Fever bounces through several seamless changes in a minute and a half and provides a good counterpoint to the records more laid back numbers.
This whole record rules. Another solid release from Delay. Listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp (and name your own price to buy it!)
edit: I neglected to mention the fact that this album is new! I posted their 2009 effort Plain Language after I saw them a few weeks ago.