Delorentos have had a tough time of late. After achieving some national success with their debut album In Love with Detail they proceeded to land a record deal, have that fall through and then split up. The music industry has never been known for its kindness and it seemed to take its toll on the boys. However, the popular Dublin lads have since regrouped and tonight’s gig is no longer a last hurrah but a rejuvenated attempt to spearhead their new album You Can Make Sound.
Shunning the traditional opener ‘Any Other Way’, they open with a new song. It’s a bold move and due to its unfamiliarity, they don’t really pull it off. The crowd want a “Delorentos” gig, where they can break loose, dance and sing back the lyrics but the unknown start means that we start with not much more than a gentle shuffle and a few bobbing heads. The boys aren’t holding back though, in particular guitarist Ronan Yourell who seems more manic than usual tonight. He works the stage like a man possessed, his face contorted with effort one instant, wild eyed and grinning the next, like a guitar-wielding Jekyll and Hyde. Their gusto is rewarded and a few songs in, they play hits ‘Waiting’ and ‘Do You Realise’ and the place really starts to take off. There are plenty of new songs liberally sprinkled in the setlist and as the momentum builds the crowds warms to them. It’s a testament to In Love with Detail that everyone seems to know its lyrics off by heart. By the time crowd favourite ‘Stop’ is played both the band and front row are sweaty wrecks.
So it’s another successful show for the boys but at the back of the mind I couldn’t help but worry. Delorentos focus on doing one thing and do it really well; simple infectious guitar pop. They’re playing another sold out show the next day and I’m sure if they just played around the country they could scrape a living. Delorentos have effectively “broke” Ireland but if international recognition is what they’re aspiring to then I’m not sure how that’s going to be achieved. The “four boys with guitars” model is hardly zeitgeist-capturing at the moment and without the muscle of a big label to promote them it seems like Delorentos will have to be content with selling out small venues in Ireland. But as the show ends and the crowds slowly shuffles out, I look at the young, smiling faces, glowing with exertion and sweat and I realise there may be nothing wrong with that.