Album Review: Delivery – Forever Giving Handshakes

Delivery bring a new twist on garage-punk all the way from Melbourne and their album release tour is set to be right here in the UK this month! With dates all over from Glasgow to The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this band are set to take the country by storm.

A five-piece, Delivery boast up to four lead vocalists on each track which is a super nice vibe for the album. They’re bring something back to garage-punk that hasn’t been seen since the 80s and they’ve put their own, clever spin on it that makes it all theirs and pretty great!

Delivery are:

James Lynch – vocals, guitar, synth

Rebecca Allan – vocals, bass

Lisa Rashleigh – vocals, guitar

Sam Harding – vocals, guitar, synth

Daniel Devlin – drums, backing vocals

James Morris

Mixing punk energy with garage whimsy, Delivery have landed on a buoyant sonic formula that works wonderfully for them.”

 – Rolling Stone, The Best Australian Albums of 2022

Forever Giving Handshakes was a Top 10 Album for Rolling Stone Australia last year after its Australian release. Henry Rollins himself is a massive fan and has played a bunch of their tracks on his KCRW show.

Their album, Forever Giving Handshakes is out on the19th May via Spoilsport and Anti-Fade Records (Australia), also Feel It Records (US).

Their first single ‘Baader Meinhof’ was released in November last year as a taster of the album to come. It’s a fantastical keyboard commotion Karaoke night of a track.

Forever Giving Handshakes is a twelve-track quest into the minds of Delivery. Each track is very different to one another, with a running theme of punk attitude mixed with a happy, fun twirl to it.

‘Poor-to-Middling Moneymaking’ is a great tune with almost a 70’s punk vibe. ‘Office Party’ has almost an early Blur feel about it, which suits me as they are my all-time favourite band.

‘No Homes’ is a classic sing-along garage-punk song, I can imagine a gig full of fans will at some point soon come alive to this, the fifth track on the LP.

‘No Balconies’ is kind of like a female fronted Gang of Four track. I loved this one, it’s got a great feel to it.

Delivery’s album is a nice mash and mangle of clear-cut guitar riffs and lyrics that is cleverly put together so as to be seem simple, whilst clearly having taken a lot of thought and talent. I am so excited to be posting that they are touring the UK as I think this is what we have all been looking for, and if you want to – you can go see them – Now!

They aren’t serious, or melancholic, they are fun – up for a laugh but have flair and expertise to pull off some complex tracks. They also have something to say, they are political without it feeling strained or pensive which is difficult to do. A great band and one to look out for, they only played their first gig in March 2021 so this is gonna be one hell of an ascent and I look forward to watching it!

If you want to see them check out:

Festival: The Great Escape Festival in Brighton 10 – 13 May

Sat 6th May Glasgow Flying Duck – tickets 
Sun 7th May Leeds Hyde Park Book Club
Tue 9th May London Shacklewell Arms tickets
Wed 10th May Bristol Exchange

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Review By Jess Milner:  Twitter Website / Facebook / Instagram / TikTok

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