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"Imaginary Things Review"

Reviewed by Samantha Hagaman
Imaginary Things is five piece pop rock
group Delamare's debut EP. The quintet
formed early this year in Adelaide, and for a
fledgling band, their offering is surprisingly
cohesive and realised. The EP kicks off with
their debut single, Your Favourite Song,
then slides into the title track Imaginary
Things. Both songs are good enough to be
common radio fodder, with Matt Khabbaz
(vocals/guitar) delivering a strong
performance, well supported by the rest of the Delamare gang.
A quick look at Delamare's Myspace shows their friend quota already over the
ten-thousand mark, and listening to their EP, one can guess why. There are
some riffs that'll make your ears prick in curiosity at what this band could
morph into with a few more years under its belt. The electronically modified
voice licks at the end of phrasing is not entirely unwholesome either. The
closest thing they sound like is Kisschasy (both bands are managed by
Melodic Music Management's Sam Panetta), although Dom Symes' backing on
keys also gives the band a sound similar to Panic! at the Disco.
Admittedly, there are moments of teen, kitsch lyrics; Delamare do market
themselves as pop rock after all. At least you know what you're in for. Pop
lyrics also equal infectious lyrics; sweet yet subtle vocal harmonies by backups
Dom Symes and Matt's twin bro Michael (how like, totally Good Charlotte),
make this CD suitable to sing along to in the car, without you sounding like a
totally tone-deaf loser to passers-by. The fourth track, Little White Lies, is a
lovely blend of sounds, with some electronically modified stuff in there, and a
catchy and upbeat tempo.
A tight package, this EP raises hopes that Delamare will go a lot further than
just being a support act for Idol winners.
Delamare tour nationally Oct-Dec 2008. - Media Culture - 6/11/08


Imaginary Things EP - Single Sticks and Stones



From† their first show in June of 2008, Delamare have managed to play over forty dates across Australia, supporting some of the countryís most well renowned bands, such as The Presets, Pete Murray, Faker, Operator Please, The Getaway Plan and The Hot Lies, and gaining major exposure through playing the Schoolies Festival and the Clipsal 500 after race concert.†

2009 has seen the Adelaide boys carry this momentum and work ethic into the rehearsal rooms and recording studio, with the intention of creating their first full length LP by the end of this year.

For a band that has achieved so much in a short amount of time, the future looks very bright indeed.