Drop Nineteens - Delaware

Reverberation, right, left and centre

Delaware

This reissue of the Bostonian
shoegazers’ debut album,
originally released on Caroline/
Hut in 1992, comes with the
five-track Your Aquariun EP
from 1993. It’s essentially the
original line-up’s entire output
as, shortly afterwards, Drop
Nineteens fragmented: three of
its original members left, while
the reshuffled outfit embarked
on a radical change of direction
with their second album,
National Coma.

Delaware’s triple-guitar wall
of distortion owed much to
contemporary stylistic trends in
the UK – most notably the
reverb-drenched My Bloody
Valentine and Slowdive – and
Drop Nineteens signed to
London-based Caroline before
even playing a show in their
native Boston. At times, such as
on Delaware, Winona and the
avant-freak-out Reberrymemberer,
there are echoes of Sonic
Youth floating in the mix, but
Drop Nineteens have their own
way with atypical song
structures, as on Ease It Halen
and Kick The Tragedy. Like SY
before them, they also turn in
a barely recognisable hijacking
of a Madonna single – in this
case Angel.

Sticking with covers, the
Your Aquarium EP includes a throwaway take on Barry
Manilow’s Mandy, which comes
delivered in the same spirit as
fellow Bostonians The
Lemonheads’ version of Suzanne
Vega’s Luka.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Cherry Red | CDMRED 394

Reviewed by Grahame Bent
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