Two Hour Delay
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Two Hour Delay

Syracuse, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Syracuse, NY | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Rock Americana


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"Delay the of Land"

Hear what Matt Mumau, former Music Editor of the Syracuse New Times had to say about the band!

The local quartet Two Hour Delay has brought their clever reinterpretation of classic styles through the downtown circuit, having recently hit the Bull and Bear Pub, 125 E. Water St., on Nov. 7, as well as the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., on Nov. 19. They’re not quite a copy of Johnny Cash, a country musician covered in Delay’s set, nor fully in the camp of the jam band style, emulated in the group’s original tunes; instead, the foursome swims inside of a dynamic that subtly defies many of the cliches into which many working, Salt City bands have a tendency to fall.

The band has been developing a set of handcrafted originals and off-the-beaten-path covers since its formation in 2007. The quartet performed two similar sets at the aforementioned venues, but demonstrated that oh-so-important band skill in adapting to the types of patrons in attendance. Bull and Bear’s younger, party-hardy crowd made for a more extrinsically exciting canvas for Two Hour Delay’s experimentation, but the band had little trouble appealing to a midweek after-dinnertime crowd at the Dino.

The putty that held the band together through both gigs was Bob Gaus, Delay’s Telecaster-strapped lead guitarist. At the Dinosaur, Gaus reached into a bag of stylistic tricks that borrowed from Jerry Garcia’s tonal sprints, especially evident during a cover of “Turn On Your Love Light,” written by Daedric Malone and Joseph Wade Scott in the early 1960s but made famous during the Grateful Dead’s late 1960s freak-outs.
Gaus goes beyond jammy improv, however, by borrowing from the pedal steel styles of contemporary country musicians and more traditional bluegrass ax men. That special ability shined in a rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues,” which the band drops into a barely audible break section that climaxes back into Gaus’ skillful, slip-sliding riff work.

If Gaus provided the glue, the heart of the band came from the original vocals of frontman Tim Burns, who plays acoustic guitar in addition to his lyrical duties. His “Left Brain, Right Brain,” a two-step linguistic spin on the tale of employed-by-day musicians, especially clicks in a chorus that leans more toward Two Hour Delay’s country fixation, but mingles with a more sophisticated harmony than that found in the average twanger.

Other self-made tunes performed during both sets included “Seed” and “Hold Me Close My Love.” The tracks were fermented by just-enough togetherness in the bass lines of Tom Mattern and the energetic, bordering-on-spasmodic kit work of drummer Brian Welch, the latter a major contributor to the band’s bittersweet vocal harmonies.

Didn’t-see-it-coming covers of The Beatles’ “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” and Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” (made especially interesting with a funky, octaver effect on Gaus’ solos) provided the proper amount of crowd-pleasing obligations toward the Syracuse bar crowd. But rather than simply mark time with radio staples, Two Hour Delay rearranges its cover tunes to fit the character of its original motivations. The process of writing original music and rearranging classic B-sides has resulted in a sonic smelting process that has forged the band’s endearing, signature sound.

You’ll have several chances to check out the band as the winter makes warm, pub interiors feel a bit cozier. Check them out at Stonecutters at Belhurst Castle, Route 145, Geneva, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; the Syracuse University Sheraton, 801 University Ave., on Friday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m.; a Bull and Bear show on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 p.m.; and Shifty’s, 1401 Burnet Ave., on Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m. Visit the band’s page,, for more information, or check the Syracuse New Times’ Club Date listings for future gigs.

—Matt Mumau
- Matt Mumau - Syracuse New Times

"Two Hour Delay is featured in the Syracuse Post Standard Weekend Section"

1/07/10 – Two Hour Delay featured in Post Standard Weekend section (including cover photo). - Mark Bialczak - Syracuse Post Standard

"Two Hour Delay makes the top 8 (out of 142 bands) in the 2010 Syracuse Area Music Awards People Choice Vote."

9/15/10 – Two Hour Delay makes the top 8 (out of 142 bands) in the 2010 Syracuse Area Music Awards People Choice Vote. -

"Two Hour Delay live video on"

12/09/10 – Two Hour Delay live video on (also featured in Post Standard Weekend section). - Mark Bialczak -

"Local Hop - Two Hour Delay - CD Review"

"If you’re hungry for the rootsy taste of Americana, Two Hour Delay’s self-titled debut CD yields a batch of catchy, humorous and astoundingly solid songs that is sure to warm up the cooling fall nights." - Andrew Daull - Syracuse New Times

"Two Hour Delay delivers dynamic disc"

"Syracuse rock band named Two Hour Delay is rocking the socks off the rest of the field. Deftly blending influences from blues, folk, country, bluegrass and good ol’ rock’n’roll, Two Hour Delay has produced a dynamic disc of amazing Americana.” - Russ Tarby - Downtown After Dark - The Eagle News


"Two Hour Delay"
The self titled debut CD released in December 2010
Recorded at Electric Wilburland in Newfield, NY

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Blowing in from the snow belt of Central NY, “Two Hour Delay” (aka 2HD) brings a blend of new music drawing upon influences from rock & roll, blues, folk, country & bluegrass.

Led by singer/songwriter Tim Burns, the band performs a mix of strong original music as well as some tasty covers. The band can easily perform a 3 hour all-original show, or a 3 hour all-cover show, and of course anything in-between... It just depends on the crowd and venue.

Tim has teamed up with some seasoned talent from Central NY including Bob Gaus on electric guitar, Brian Welch on drums & vocals, and recent additions Joe Henson on vocals & guitar, and Eric Wise on vocals & bass. The addition of Joe's original songs, the interplay between three unique guitar parts, and the blending of four voices has led to exciting times for the band.

In the past couple of years, 2HD has opened for Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, Floodwood, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Enter the Haggis, and has their sights set on sharing the stage with many more of their favorite acts in the coming year.

This group is focused on developing original music to capture the listener… perhaps for a couple hours at a time.

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