Deloro are Jennifer Castle, David Clarke, Paul Mortimer, Tony Romano, and Dallas Wehrle. They hail from Downtown Toronto and their new record is titled simply Deloro.
An album of songs from as many writers and sung in as many voices as members, Deloro feels timeless. It is a collection of concise psychedelia with themes both light and dark. Jennifer Castle’s Travelling Man and Watertower explore themes of leaving and loss amid Motown styled garage stomp and AM guitar strum. Dave Clarke also finds inspiration in the AM dial with his bittersweet pop gem Joy Joy. Tony Romano narrates the cinematic psych of No Fun and later screams through a punk rock hall of mirrors in Take Me As I Am while Paul Mortimer closes side A with the country psych sunrise of Years and opens side B with Nostalgia R.I.P.. Produced over four seasons with Jeff McMurrich (Jennifer Castle, Constantines, Sandro Perri) Deloro is a stunning and mature debut from a new band full of familiar faces.
If the members of Deloro have names that ring familiar it’s because the band, as one writer exclaimed, “are a supergroup of sorts”. An apt description when you consider that Jennifer Castle recently released her Castlemusic album on Flemish Eye, Dave Clarke and Paul Mortimer are active members of $100, Dallas Wehrle played in the much-loved Constantines, and Tony Romano is an internationally acclaimed visual artist. It’s this group whose billing of shows as art installations and the cramming of their favourite makeshift venue, the Clint Roenisch Gallery, prompted Toronto blog Panic Manual to report “i’ve been looking for a new Toronto band to root for and i think i’ve found it [sic]”.