The homegrown dance-music instrumentalists played an all-ages show at Backspace.
Deelay Ceelay is an experience. As a collaboration between two enthusiastic (and enthusiastically geeky) Portlanders, percussionist Delaney Kelly and musician/video artist Chris Lael Larson, Deelay Ceelay is both more than and less than a band in concert. Sure, with most of their music coming pre-recorded and the only thing “live” about their shows being the absolutely manic rounds of pounding each of them do on their twin drum kits, it may not amount to much on paper. But through a combination of lighting and experimental film/animation (synched to the music and projected behind them), the high-strung, ADHD disco-funk blaring from their monitors, a hardcore cadre of dedicated fans and the sheer sweat they put into keeping pace on the drums, it can – and often does – make for a raucous time.
For the rest: Spectrum Culture concert review: Deelay Ceelay