Greg Gilbert, frontman of the British indie rock band Delays, died of bowel cancer at the age of 44.
He had been diagnosed in 2016 and documented his illness in poetry, visual arts, and on social media. In August, he announced that he had stopped taking the treatment and was only using pain relievers. He wrote on Twitter: “I still believe in magic, the power of good gestures and laughter. I want to fill the next few days with all this and much more. “
Trained in Southampton, Delays emerged from the fertile indie scene of the early 2000s, though their trend toward psychedelia and sparkling pop, topped off with Gilbert’s striking voice, sometimes in falsetto, set them apart from their peers.
First named Corky, the quartet changed their name to Idoru and released their debut EP in 2001. In 2003, they changed their name to Delays and signed with Rough Trade Records, which released their debut album Faded Seaside Glamor in 2004. It reached the Top 20. from the UK, as does the single anthem Long Time Coming. Two more albums, You See Colors (2006) and Everything’s the Rush (2008), reached the Top 30, although the fourth album Star Tiger Star Ariel (2010) did not make the charts.
After his diagnosis, Gilbert, who had studied at Winchester School of Art, began to draw, paint, and write poetry. Her artwork was displayed alongside Leonardo da Vinci in an exhibition at the Southampton City Art Gallery, and her poetry was selected for publication by Carol Ann Duffy as part of her Laureate’s Choice series.
He and his family also successfully financed more than £ 200,000 for medical treatment.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2019 On his creativity post-diagnosis, he said: “I just wanted to be completely crude, present the background, and hopefully map out some elevation that might come later. If someone in a similar situation can console himself with that, he cannot ask for more. “
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Stacey, and their children Dali and Bay.
His brother Aaron, who plays keyboards in the group, announced the news on Twitter. He wrote: “I have no idea how to do this right now, but this afternoon at 2:22; we accompanied my brother back home to some place in the ether. Greg died surrounded by the unending love that we and all of you have given him on this journey, and we can never fully express how much it meant to him (and all of us) to have you by our side lifting us up. like a winged army. “
Radio DJ Eddy Temple-Morris was among those who paid tribute. He said: “Greg Gilbert from Delays had the most transcendently beautiful voice I have ever heard and it was a reflection of his soul. My heart breaks for his lovely family, for every friend, colleague and fan. “
Indie rock band Embrace said: “We are very saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Gilbert. He was a genuinely talented songwriter, artist, and beautiful human being, and our thoughts are with his young family, Aaron, and the rest of The Delays at this terrible time. Danny, Steve, Mick, Mike and Richard. “