Whether confronting Karens via driving, explosive grunge or offering stark vulnerability with dreamy shoegaze and lilting folk intonations, Francis of Delirium make for a powerful duo. With their debut EP All Change out now, we caught up with singer and songwriter Jana Bahrich to talk mushroom burgers, Sufjan Stevens and Charles Bukowski.

Led by the prodigious Bahrich, who’s been writing songs since she was 12 and releases All Change at just 18 years, she’s joined by collaborator Chris Hewett and together they combine their generations of musical experience to craft a propulsive, immediate sound that draws from a wealth of rock influences. Across All Change their strong creative connection shines through as each song offers swathes of harmonic intricacy where feedback-laden basslines meld with resplendent, crystalline guitar melodies and Bahrich’s immense vocals.

Delivered with staggering gusto, Bahrich’s voice is the driving force at the centre of the EP as she ranges from moments of howling ferocity, such as on ‘Karen’, to the softer, yet no less powerful, intonations of ‘Circles’. The vulnerability and pure emotion conveyed by her lyrics are viscerally tangible also in the instrumentation. On ‘Ashamed’ jarring rhythms evoke the relatable millennial angst and self-doubt that she sings about. Whilst the hypnotic, pensive shoegaze of ‘Broken’ intertwines seamlessly with Bahrich’s spectral, melancholic incantations. It’s fair to say All Change is a remarkable first release from the Luxembourg-based duo and we look forward to hearing what’s next from them.

Get to know Francis of Delirium In Short…

Three words to describe our music…
Homemade, raw, human

Last photo on your phone…
A screenshot of the snowman from the movie Elf. My friend looked like the snowman, so I needed proof.

Favourite instagram account…
@pulpbrother, my friend showed his account to me and it tends to brighten my day whenever one of his paintings pops up in my feed.

The best venue I’ve played…
We have a venue in Luxembourg that always sounds good, has wonderful people, wonderful bands that come through and they have peanut m&ms backstage. It’s called the Rotondes.

Earliest song you remember…
I think Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I’ve never had a job for long enough to really not like it but, I’ve babysat enough kids to know that I’m uncertain that I’d ever want any children.

The thing I most love to cook is…
Mushroom burgers are my new favourite thing. Chopped Mushrooms, with crushed up rosemary crackers and cheese and then you mush it together and you cook it like a burger patty. *chefs kiss

My Favourite Word…
pupper, even though it’s not really a word.

A book I love…
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

Things that cheer me up…
– The movie Little Miss Sunshine
– Waking up early
– painting

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
In the middle of space in a space shuttle. Broadcast it to give the aliens a little fun to look at and listen to. Otherwise, I’d love to play a show in Jakarta, apparently they have a really cool underground scene.

I think you should listen to…
Dream Wave. I just started listening to him and he has that same sort of confessional quality that The Microphones/Mount Eerie has.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Sufjan Stevens during his Age of Adz tour. I remember he said he wanted to make another dance album before he gets too old to dance, so I’m patiently waiting for that one. I saw him play his Planetarium album in Paris and that was one of my favourite live shows I’ve been to.

‘All Change’ is out now on Dalliance Recordings.