Once the brainchild and solo project of Lauryn Graves, Carlisle’s Delagrave have developed into a fully formed outfit ready to light up the UK music scene

Beginning in 2016 as a solo venture for singer/songwriter Lauryn Graves, Delagrave has grown into a fully formed band fronted by the talented young artist. Their unique and soulful sound seems to transcend genre, borrowing from across a variety of styles of music, the result is a captivating and often moving sound that is encapsulated perfectly in their latest EP Constrictor.

With this in mind, and after we following us falling completely in love with the single ‘Black Hair‘, we caught up with Delagrave to find out a little more about them,

Who TF are Delagrave?

We are a five-piece indie band from Carlisle. I don’t like subscribing to any particular genre but our sound definitely amalgamates a lot of different styles and influences such as Neo soul, psychedelia, funk and alternative rock.

How long have you been making music?

I’ve been writing music since I was really small. I started writing lyrics and melodies in my head before I could even play an instrument and I’ve been in a few different bands and had different solo projects on the go but I’ve been writing under the name Delagrave since early 2016. The guys have also been in a lot of different bands before this one so we’ve all been making music well over 10 years.

Why do you make music?

I aim to make the kind of music I want to listen to. It’s also a pretty cathartic thing for me. I would say writing music and going to the gym are my healthiest outlets for my emotions. Most of my friends are also musicians and when we hang out it’s just a giant jam sesh. Being able to just sit and create something out of thin air with the people you love is one of the best feelings in the world.

What are your biggest influences?

I would say my favourite bands and acts at the moment are Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, Anderson Paak and Puma Blue but I’m constantly discovering new music that inspires me. There’s a lot of great local bands on the Carlisle scene at the moment that I’m inspired by such as Jiggy Beast and FLYNT and many, many more. I’m heavily into psychedelic music but my vocal style is more soul so I try to marry those two influences in a way that I think fits best. I’m also influenced by a lot of world music and a lot of films, books and TV shows like The Godfather and The Hannibal Lecter books. You can probably find at least 3 Hannibal references in my lyrics. Thomas Harris has such a clever way of analysing human behaviour

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

Getting played on radio 1 or playing the BBC introducing stage at this is tomorrow festival. It’s hard to pick a favourite cause they were both pretty epic.

What do you want people to take away from your music?

I did a psychology degree and I’m very interested in mental health and well-being. The main message I’m trying to convey in my music is a message of kindness. I don’t have time for negativity or two-facedness. So, I guess the take away message is – Do no harm but take no shit!

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

Making it is pretty subjective I guess. To me it would be supporting a band I really love like Mac DeMarco or Tame Impala or meeting the hot cop out of stranger things.

How have you found the transition from Delagrave being a solo project to a fully formed live band?

It’s not without its challenges. When you’re used to having complete control over your sound, it’s difficult to concede control and listen to other people’s suggestions but I’m lucky to work with 4 really talented musicians who are also my friends and we have a lot of fun together.

We loved your latest release ‘Constrictor’, could you tell us some more about it?

Thank you. To be honest I just love snakes! Snakes are absolute legends. It was a pretty retrospective, introspective record for me lyrically cause a lot of the themes in the songs were taken from my teenage diary. I’m really happy in my life right now so I’ve got to dig deeper for lyrical inspiration. The song ‘forgiveness’ was influenced by Buddhist teachings and my own experiences with holding onto anger. When I was a teenager, I had a tendency to blame the other person when a relationship or friendship broke up while completely ignoring my own faults. Growing up has made me way more introspective and I don’t want to be a sanctimonious person who can’t take responsibility for their own shortcomings. Constrictor itself is one of my favourite ones to play live, it’s really upbeat and fun and the lyrics are full of double entendres which amuses me. It’s very much a coming of age record.

What plans do Delagrave have for the future?

We’re working on new music at the moment. Whenever I’m not at work I’m sat at my computer on logic experimenting with different sounds. As a band, we just want to be able to share our music with as many people as possible. The dream would be to be in a situation where we could play music constantly. We just love the music.

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

Definitely my dad.

Constrictor is available now