Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens

 London, England, GBR

Insolent, poetic Folk Noir. Like Gypsy Rose Lee meets David Bowie.. and breaks his heart. In the lyrical arrangements, fragile echoes of Karen Dalton swing from the rafters of Edgar Allen Poe, with delicious riffs and jarring, mellifluous harmonies backed up by some deft, driving and dancing beats.


Delirium Tremens are a London-based Folk Noir Band with increasing underground success. From getting a surprise Myspace Christmas Number One in the 2007 unsigned Folk charts, they have had over 340,000 plays on myspace. The DTs went from acoustic to full band in 2008 and recently rocked Alan McGee's Death Disco (returning to headline in 2010), headlined the Colony Rooms Ball at 33 Portland Square, played main stage at Standon Calling 2008 AND 2009, played Cheltenham Beer, Hook Norton and Tottenham Carnivals as well as supporting the Christians at the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, and Benjamin Zephaniah offered to write for them!

Delirium Tremens featured in Female First magazine, Look! magazine, the Scottish Sun, Time Out online, OK! magazine and others, beat 58 other bands to second place in the final of Vince Power's competition to play Benicassim, won Garageband Lyrics awards, and DazedDigital's Introducing in 2008.

I Want You – the DTs first video, directed by Tom Edmunds, assistant director to Anthony Minghella, was launched in conjunction with Chiwetel Ejiofor OBE’s film Slapper for Film Four, at the Human Circus, Barden’s Boudoir London and has American distribution through MWG Media. it has had over 40,000 viral internet plays.

Delirium Tremens have an international fan base in Monte Carlo, Spain, Japan, the US and the UK, with UK-wide radioplay from Radio Caroline to Shoreditch and afield from Paris to Texas to Berlin.

Influences include Hedda Gabler, Gypsy Rose Lee, David Bowie, El Presidente, Thom Yorke, Tracey Chapman, the Hellfire CLub, Nick Cave, Holly Golightly, Mata Hari, Glinda, Sisyphus, Mucha and Absinthe.

Nick Bovaird likes songs that need to be written and he doesn't write anything from a need to be liked.

Karis McLarty has lived in Shanghai Paris London and New York. She's guest vocals for various bands including Australian dance producers, Aldous and Rexx, The Servant and Misnomer. She began her career as a podium dancer in China, and has danced in various music videos, short films, and superclubs. In 2005 she wrote and starred in a one-woman show in the West End directed by Charles Dance, has been Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, a Budweiser Girl, a model, and a lounge singer, and was a muse for Zubair Production's Inspiring Londoners exhibition. Karis is currently a muse to the fashion designer Naomi Neoh.


“Folk Noir band Delirium Tremens are causing a record company stir playing amazing sets at London’s most debauched parties “ Martell Maxwell, the Scottish Sun

“majestic.” Sebastian Horsley

“Excellent urban folk meanderings out at leftfield with some fine assaults on the sense and always probing, probing – the coolest act ever to explore Necrophilia in pop music – although Robyn Hitchcock comes a close second” BugBear

“!Ah delirium tremens! You had us all in a delirious, trembling, tearful, joyful, meditative, rousing frenzy last night with your heartbreakingly soulful sound. You have the Clouds at your feet! Come please, please play for us again and again and again...”- Passing Clouds Artists Collective, Hackney

“true.” Benjamin Zephaniah, poet

“A band to follow and engage with “ Outside Edge Magazine

“Like Bowie meets Gypsy Rose Lee” George Vjestica, promoter

“Unique music, I like it” Mike Figgis, Director of Leaving Las Vegas

what could i say..??? amazing!!!!amazing!!!!amazing!! i loved what i saw and listened!
love Emilie Brera, dancer with the Dresden Dolls

“ Such delicate songs with knowing arrangements.” Colossus

“your music sure is original enough to play here” the ICA, London



Written By: Bovaird & McLarty

Forget those necrophile children still in love with you
the ones you call the "lost souls" cos they're still in love with you
I watch you lean delinquent from your parapets of ease
searching for the girls who aren't yet filled with your disease
and eyes so blue
like the colour of my dreams about you
nothing seems like it should do
i wish I'd left you
all alone
because you taught me what it is to fear my love.

I left the deeper beauty of a boy who sparkled less
and ran to beat the other lost souls pulling down my dress
I watched you assume that I was pliable and weak
hurt and cold and lonely maybe but I swept you off your feet
and eyes so blue like the seas and the skies before you
nothing dies like it should do
I wish I'd left you
all alone
because you taught me what it is to fear
my love.

Half Of Me

Written By: Delirium Tremens

Half Of Me

Down in the dark, drawn to the art of the moon and the wind and the shadow
Sat drunk between stars, pinned through the heart
Oh, a kiss in the mist as the sad night rails and twists

I can't explain, I don't think I ever will
oh, this distance between us two will break my heart
and I'm lonely, but i've been worse
i've got so much to tell you but I dont have the words
and if I cant express it, if that is my curse, and if I never tell you...
You have been luminous.

Let the wind howl, let the moon call us out, to the mystery of this sad world unravelled
Let my mind cage me in, all this conversation
that finished hushed and obscure as my words collide with yours

but i cant explain, i dont think I ever will
all these gestures that, cant sack the walls i built
and Im lonely, but I'll survive
cause i talked myself breathless until the anger died
and if there's nothing to say or not any more, well I love you baby...
I wish I had been yours.

Something slipped - a layer of skin -
and this future that I cant see myself in
And I'm lonely, but I've been worse
I've got so much to tell you, but I dont have the words
and if the shadows get me, or even the deep
Well this clown that I seemed, was only half of me, yes

Half of me, half of me, Half of me, yeah

I wanted just to understand
But i'm falling through your open arms and I never have
I wanted this simple thing
just to join with you in some better whole -not to lose the rest of me.


Debut Album "Thirst" distributed by Universal release 24 September 2009 on itunes, Amazon, Spotify,, etc

EP "Shake Yourself Down" 2006 - self-released

EP "The End Of Me", 2007 - self released
(both available to buy from
Two previous EPs sold out on Myspace.
"Sugar" won the Christmas number 1 slot 2007 on myspace unsigned folk chart, "Geronimo" charted in the tourdates chart at no.29. Sugar is on the soundtrack to "Colin" a Brit-horror feature film that was the hit of Cannes 2009.

Set List

Repertoire of over 50 songs, all original. Album tracks are registered with PRS. Set list typically 20 mins- 1hour, either acoustic, full band or mixed.

Recent setlist includes
The Apple
Half of Me
Be Careful
Friday Night Lullabies
The Circus Song
I cant Help It
Soul 2 Blue
Silver Tongued Clowns
Coffee Shops
I Want You
I Already Said No