Before they kicked against the decadent scene that ranked Oasis and Blur as supreme during the 1990s, the two sets of siblings who would later form Delays -- Greg (vocals/guitar) and Aaron Gilbert (keyboards), and Rowley (drums) and Colin Fox (bass) -- tried to make ends meet as a Brit-pop act. They formed Corky, and the band's acoustic pop was briefly popular in their hometown of Southampton, England. By 2001, Corky had gone by the wayside and the brotherly bunch had regrouped as Delays. Sun-soaked, '60s-tailored rock melodies developed over a few years' time, as did a fondness for Cocteau Twins-influenced keyboards and loops. Impressed with the emerging sound, Rough Trade's Geoff Travis attended one of the band's private shows in 2003 and offered Delays a deal. With Rough Trade's help, the group released two singles that same year and cracked the U.K. Top 40 with "Hey Girl."