"This Midwestern trio has developed a sound that captures all the quirky pop appeal of Brian Eno's early solo work..."

Techno ambient pop, soaring space guitars, keyboards, sound effects and tape delay, the Delay Tactics trio was among the first American bands to produce music using digital effects, and was most innovative indie bands of the 1980s. Formed in 1981 as the tape-looping duo of guitarists Carl Weingarten and Reed Nesbit, Delay Tactics made its mark with late night concerts in St. Louis movie theatres. Within a year, synthesist/sound designer Walter Whitney joined the band while recording the first Delay Tactics album, Out-Pop Options (Multiphase 1982). Nesbit departed in 1983 and was replaced by guitarist David Udell (of Wax Theatricks) and Delay Tactics released their second album, Any Questions? (Multiphase 1984).


Highly praised by Musician Magazine, Keyboard, Option and other publications, Delay Tactics was a hit on college radio, receiving extensive play throughout the U.S., including flagship stations KCRW in Los Angeles and WNYC in New York.  2000 copies of Any Questions? and only 500 units of Out-Pop Options LPs were pressed.  Weingarten, Whitney and Udell recently began work to finish their unreleased third LP.



Soon to be available on LP, Imperfect Strangers features newly remastered tracks from both the long out of print Out-Pop Options and Any Questions? albums.  5 tracks are available now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released on May 20, 2020.

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  • Out-Pop Options (1982) Nesbit-Weingarten-Whitney

  • Any Question? (1984) Weingarten-Whitney-Udell

  • Imperfect Strangers (2020 Compilation) Weingarten-Whitney-Udell-Nesbit


As Guests

  • Walter Whitney - Composer X (1983)

  • Carl Weingarten - Pandora's Garage (1992)

  • Carl Weingarten & Walter Whitney - Primitive Earth (1990)



  • The Urban Cabaret Vol I-III (1982-1987)

Band members 1982-1986

  • Carl Weingarten - slide guitar

  • David Udell - guitar, bass, percussion

  • Walter Whitney - synthesizers, keyboards

Band members 1981-1982

  • Carl Weingarten - slide guitar

  • Reed Nesbit - guitar

  • Walter Whitney - synthesizers, keyboards

Special Guests

  • Joan Bouise - vocals

  • Jim Mayer - electric bass

  • Susanne May, Jerry Huth - photography

Delay Tactics Out-Pop Options - Front (3