Their first full-length album, “Plunder, Beg and Curse” was a moderate success, yet the band was still hammering out its sound. After its release, three of the five original members left Colour Revolt. This brought them back to the start but allowed them to regroup and release their 2010 sophomore album, “The Cradle.”
Colour Revolt is a blend of post-grudge, gritty guitars melded with angry low vocals that tend to shout lyrics about surrealism and disappointment. This is especially relevant in the first single off “The Cradle” called “8 Years,” which goes into the eight years spent being a band: struggling on the road, losing members and trying to redefine their sound all over again. Frontman Jesse Coppenbarger sings in the chorus, “’Cause one man’s limo is another man’s hearse.”
The slower song, “Everything Is the Same” is another breath of fresh air on the album. It lacks the usual guitars riffs drenched in reverb and loud, grungy vocals. Its simplicity and soft touch was not expected, but definitely welcomed on the record.
Holistically, the record may not be a step forward, but more of still trying to tailor their particular sound. However, trying to break out of sounding like another Radiohead wannabe, Manchester Orchestra, or a refined Brand New is no easy task.
They have a bright future once they capture focus in their songwriting and melodies. The guitar riffs and vocals at certain points throughout their albums can be out of sync and inconsistent, but the band has survived years of relentless touring due to their raw sound.
Listening to an album recording compared to a live show are two completely different experiences. Colour Revolt should woo the audience and capture their attention at their live show with their raw sound and stage presence.
Tickets to Friday’s show at Club 156 are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, check the event out at programcouncil.com.
Contact Staff Writer Emily Cavanagh at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.