Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Connor from unsigned band COLOUR find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Tidd sings and plays lead guitar, Scott plays rhythm guitar and does BVs, Liam is on bass and BVs and I play drums and BVs. Tidd and I were introduced by a mutual friend a few years back and started jamming through some stuff that he’d been working on solo, then we managed to find the other two through a website called ‘joinmyband.com’. That was that and here we are 6 years later, still smashing it out!
We’re based around Liverpool and operate predominantly from our studio on the Wirral. Scott and Liam are both from Crewe and Jim is originally from Rutland and I’m from the Wirral - none of us are real scousers but I like to think I’m the closest!
The name came from us titting about in a practice room and trying to come up with something that resembled the sound. Tidd came bounding in one day all excited at the idea of naming the band ‘Block Colours’ – which I immediately shot down for being utter garbage before we eventually all agreed on COLOUR (YES, THE CAPITALS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT).
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We all grew up listening to the old classics really; The Beatles, Zep, Beach Boys, Bowie, Queen etc. etc. Tidd is a huge huge Beatles fan, like a proper McCartney fan girl, amongst other things of course – Talking Heads and The Police and such. Scott loves ELO and everything and anything to do with Coldplay. Liam is well into Kanye and aggressive hip hop. He also has a deep rooted love of 90’s boyband anthems, but we don’t judge him for it and neither should you.
How would you describe your sound?
Face-melting-arty-prog-turbo-pop. I don’t know man, fuck labels and all that. We just try to write good, interesting songs that are anchored by solid grooves and strong melodies.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called ‘Chains’ and its kind of a story song I guess. Its written from the point of view of a guy whose circumstances change for the better throughout the song and I guess it kind of illustrates how circumstance can change the way we view the world.
What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool is an epic city, and I love it from the depths of my soul, but its been a bit tough for us to break to be honest. I don’t think it helps that a lot of cool music venues have been knocked down and built over by greedy development companies looking to cash in on the student population, but there are a lot of artists finding it difficult to get people along to gigs a lot of the time, even the free ones – though I guess that’s the same in a lot of places. That being said, there is definitely a scene and there are loads of festivals and stuff going on throughout the year, along with a few really good promoters that are putting on awesome shows that people do actually attend. Maybe the scene is actually banging and I’m just out of touch and bitter!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a few new tracks that we’re building up to putting out in the near future and we’ve also been working hard writing the next EP – Tidd is forever coming in with new ideas and I have to admit they’re getting better, a little better all the time. (Beatles reference there, in case you missed it…) All is quiet on the festival front at present but we have a load of shows booked across the North West and a couple in London to keep us ticking over. The focus is mainly on getting the next EP right and getting it heard by as many people as possible I think.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Bowie. Anyone who says they wouldn’t love to collaborate with Bowie is just lying to themselves and everyone around them.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Liam has a particular knack for unplugging his bass while he’s jumping around the stage like one of Busted (there goes that bitterness again). Once he broke a string and had to run around frantically looking for a spare/begging the other bands to use their bass. It was funny cause Tidd opted to entertain the crowd with a run down of his favourite Subway sandwiches. If that didn’t charm a few people then I don’t know what will.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That they want to listen to our stuff!