Since 2001 "The Sunshine Delay, a tight 4-piece outfit, have been at the forefront of the Scottish alt.country scene. They have built a healthy reputation through their well-written original songs, inventive instrumental skills and the distinctive lead vocals of Paula McNally... The band have come up with some classy, melodic pop-country tunes that they perform with panache. Defeated Blues is a sad-tinged ballad, the production has a gentle, understated feel that adds to the overall emotional ambience of the song. The Sunshine Delay's instincts are keen, bespeaking creative synergy and combined genius, and this album makes for a very fine introduction to a band that deserve to go far in the unpredictable world of music." Maverick Magazine.
"Outrageous Expectations introduces us to The Sunshine Delay's Alt. Country, power pop, roots rock hybrid. It has to be said that the emphasis is firmly on keeping it pop. Tight songs with perhaps one eye on the radio, an endless stream of catchy hooks and choruses. The thing that sets this band apart though is the guitar playing of Iain Barbour which is rightly given its pride of place on these tracks; James Burton meets Peter Buck." Americana UK.
Going on a decade together, The Sunshine Delay have been winning admirers throughout the UK and the USA for their classy original songs, cohesive musicianship and a style that blends the best elements of country roots and power pop. Appealing to fans of REM, Matthew Sweet, The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams amongst others, the foursome have chalked up two successful USA summer tours as well gigging intensively around the UK to appreciative audiences, building a loyal fan base.
Big on the Scottish Americana scene, impressive supports include opening for Dave Alvin, Chuck Prophet, Allison Moorer and Robbie Fulks. They have also played as backing band for the likes of Jason Ringenberg from the Scorchers, Dolly Varden, Amy Rigby and Tandy. Debut album , Outrageous Expectations, released in May 2004 contains 10 self-penned "classy country pop" songs delivering an exciting guitar driven sound with countrified harmonies: "a strong collection of material"; "a superb album... the kind of melody- drenched pop that nowadays is as rare as a happy motorist." BBC Radio Scotland airplay includes the Brand New Opry, the Tom Morton Show, the Iain Anderson show and a live session on the Arts Show with Claire English. Recently married, Paula and Dave have just returned to Edinburgh, reuniting with Iain and new drummer, Brendan O'Brien.