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Reviving the unique work of rare, short lived Philly screamo duo DELOREAN

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Rare Philly skramz. DELOREAN was a short lived 2 piece from 2012. They self recorded a demo and recorded 75 percent of an EP with Steve Roche (Off Minor, Saetia, Bore War etc.) at Permanent Hearing Damage the same year, and played some incredible small shows as well as Philly’s annual 2 Piece Fest. Mike from Peripheral Anxiety label discovered their unfinished EP on Steve’s computer during a recent mixing session for his own band – remembered them, tracked them down, and started his DIY label to put this thing out. Its 1 studio song, their entire remastered demo, and 3 unfinished studio instrumentals. Voilà.

Peripheral Anxiety is dedicated to the late great Stephen Berg a locally famous Philly poet and dear friend of who passed away in 2014. The concept is “rare skramz unearthed”. I’ll only be releasing defunct bands, unfinished works, lost tapes, bootlegs etc. “Anything that shouldn’t still exist but does. Skramz and adjacent stuff only!” – says Mike.

The label is run by Mike and Jennah, who have 5 releases lined up through 2021 at the moment.

Delorean – Uncompleted PAR001/LR102 available 2/5/21 on cassette through Larry Records (limited to 15 copies) and Peripheral Anxiety Records (limited to 25 copies). Sleepwell – Demo PAR002, coming soon.

For fans of: Daitro, Pansori, Mihai Edrisch

Delorean was a short lived 2-piece. They played incredible small shows in 2012, as well as Philly’s annual 2-Piece Fest the same year. But just as soon as they impressed the local scene with their style, they were gone.

Comments Mike from Peripheral Anxiety: “I first met Delorean’s members, Chris Geddis and Tim Adams, through our jobs as bicycle messengers. We would anonymously nod to each other in traffic, pass each other in the hallways of skyscrapers, and wait for the same elevators. Occasionally we’d silently eat lunch in the same park – waiting for work to come in over the radio. I don’t think we actually knew each other for the first two years – I just knew of them.”


This changed when Chris and Tim found out about my other job as a videographer through a mutual friend. A few conversations later – after realizing we were in the same wheelhouse of music tastes, they asked me to film a set of their new band Delorean and I agreed.”

𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑠𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑆𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑎 – 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑.

“Those 2010s revival shows always were! They played for 20 minutes. Blast beats over clean guitars, chaotic vocals, esoteric lyrics, little sparkles followed by hard stops and slow downs. They were every bit a revival band. But the style was contextualized in such a specific way that felt brilliant. Like the records we grew up with in the 90s and early 00s, their songs had that vibe. Fast, loose, almost careless – but oddly tight at the same time. As if it could fall apart at any minute, but every time or tempo change was locked in and effortless.”

“I did make the mistake of using a DSLR camera that night. Those cameras were just catching on for video and at that time they still didn’t have good onboard audio – worse than a VHS camcorder. Some time after the set I realized you couldn’t distinguish any of the music from white noise. From that night on, though, Chris and Tim grew to be close friends and those Delorean shows left lasting impressions on me that still resonate today.


Larry, @larryrecords187 adds: “I never heard of this band until Mike from Peripheral Anxiety showed me them. They have that lo-fi sound that really just gets me going. Very happy to have them on the Larry roster and also work with Peripheral Anxiety Records, they’re simply the cutest!”.

“Fast-forward 7 years: I’m at Permanent Hearing Damage in Philadelphia recording an EP with my new band and there’s some down time.” – continues Mike.

“Steve Roche (Off Minor, Saetia, Bore War etc.), who runs the studio, is sifting through some hard drives on his computer and making small talk when I see a folder named “Delorean”. I ask him about it. He opens it up and vaguely recalls that they began to record an EP but ultimately never followed up with a needed session to finish the recordings. We listened to what was there. All half finished instrumentals and one track with scratch vocals. We all just kind of sat there looking at each other like “Damn this is sick! Why didn’t it get finished?” I knew immediately I wanted to put these songs out. They had the immediacy and soul of the band exactly as I remembered.”


“Chris and Tim went their separate ways. They both moved around the country a lot over the better part of the decade, but we stayed in touch and I reached out right away. For 2 years we played phone tag, me attempting to get them in the studio for vocal work and finishing touches. Ultimately it wasn’t meant to be. But they did agree to put the EP out in its current state – along with unreleased self-recorded demos – all with a re-master courtesy of Steve Roche and artwork by my label partner/favorite photographer of all time, Jennah White. It has a certain beauty this way that really is in line with how I remember Delorean (and the state of real screamo) all those years ago. Heartfelt, short lived, always the possibility of falling apart at any moment, and somehow pulling through to see another day…”

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