Delay - ...Don't Laugh (Cover Artwork)


Delay: ...Don't Laugh...Don't Laugh (2008)
Plan-It-X Records

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Delay is one of the Midwest's best-kept secrets. I first caught this Columbus/Cleveland three-piece a few months during the last Ergs! tour and was blown away by the energy they exuded. I picked up their most recent effort, ‚?¶Don't Laugh, and was rewarded with the one of the most fun and relatable records I've heard in awhile.

Delay's basic sound is an extension of Kerplunk!-era Green Day, full of youthful passion and surprising optimism. The two singers (who are twins) both sing almost constantly and near every line is a hook. While maintaining that basic East Bay pop-punk sound, they manage to avoid clichés by utilizing some non-generic chord progressions, a few of which sound a little strange at first but upon subsequent listens tend to the give the band a quirky personality.

For a band like this, the lyrics need to be good and Delay delivers in spades. While the songs are consistent in style, the lyrics deal with a wide range of topics. Everything from the difficulty of living away from family members ("71 N") to dealing with new surroundings ("71 S") is dealt with, while my personal favorite, "Married," pleads, "So you wanna get married? I don't think you should, though some friends you have may make it look good. Slow it down and hang out with us."

In "‚?¶Everything You Hate" they manage to use a legendary punk band to characterize the flaws in a relationship: "You say you don't like the Ramones, but I think we're a lot like the Ramones, because we look good together, but we can't get along." They have a knack for discussing things in unconventional ways and never shy aware from possibly embarrassing themselves. They're a little awkward and a little immature, but these possible flaws are what make this record so engaging and relatable.

With such a vocal-heavy album, it should be noted that the vocal style may not sit well with everyone. While the singers are twins they don't sound the same. One of them utilizes a more straightforward approach while the other one likes to hold out long wavering notes overtop. It's little bit like a restrained Jello Biafra, and while I initially didn't love it on record, it grew on me and makes for a nice contrast with the other voice.

Part of me wants to share this record with the world and the other part of me wants to keep it to myself as my secret. The fact that this band flies so far under the radar is reminiscent of Paul Baribeau -- it's so accessible and relatable that I don't know why they're not the current toast of the ‚??Org. Simply put, if you're into punk rock, this should be on your list of things to check out.

Note: This was originally self-released but has been re-released on Plan-it-X and paired with their previous album Jumpstart My Heart on one CD.


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acris (October 7, 2009)

let this band never leave my life

circlenose (July 31, 2009)

Ever since the Ergs! broke up , I became pretty upset . Tried looking for a band relative to them but either I sucked at searching or laziness took over. Went to some show at northport last night and this one specific guy was just there near me. I felt like we were supposed to talk , and so we ended up talking . Later on that night, saw a guitar on him and I had no idea he was in a band so I decided to check the band out. One name came to my mind, the ergs! oh my goodness, really good . really really really good band . Great live, they put on a great show.

Thanks for the free cassette ryan! ( if you ever see this ahah)

bikeage (January 14, 2009)

band does everything a pop punk band should be doing. best live shows. good records. extreme diy ethic. love them

brugnargnar (January 13, 2009)

feel good album of all time for me


soapyhandrecords (January 12, 2009)

amazing band!!

mikexdude (January 11, 2009)

Good stuff!

GlassPipeMurder (January 11, 2009)

interested in hearing this.

hubitcherkokov (January 10, 2009)

The Teen Madhouse in North Ridgeville! I assume you're also familiar with Rufio if you've been following Delay around that much?

paris_in_flames (January 10, 2009)

delay is radical

Monstersgetslain (January 10, 2009)

I first heard Delay when they played with Ghost Mice in Columbus. They're probably the best band around and definitely the nicest guys in the world. It took me a while to get into this album but it's become one of my favorites. Can't wait for them to release a new full length.

NewKid (January 9, 2009)

I have been watching these guys since I was 14. I am now 21. They use to play at this shitty club sponsored by a church in North Ridgevill at the Mad House. They are the most down to earth guys with a crazy work ethic. On top of that they are simply amazing live. I owe them so much and wish this band all the success in the world. If there was ever a band to replace the Ergs cult-like status on the Org, this is the band.


chrisafi (January 9, 2009)

added to my list of bands to checkout.
meaning i probably never will cos i am skinted

IanIsSuperRad (January 9, 2009)

Fucking LOVE these guys. First time I saw them was with Latterman a few years ago. Easily have become my favorite local band. I'm more of a fan of Jumpstart Your Heart but both albums are awesome.

northdakotaKILLS (January 9, 2009)

this album is great. delay rules so much, great dudes, even better music.

but i think jumpstart my heart is better.

nocigar (January 9, 2009)

gonna need an umbrella for all the sperm thats gonna rain down here... "score is for the Ergs!" "Ergs! were the best", etc. , etc.

mattramone (January 9, 2009)

Record's pretty good but, but these guys are GREAT live.

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