Calm as the Colour: When Traditions No Longer Answer Our Questions – album review
Calm as the Colour-When Traditions No Longer Answer Our Questions (Independent)
Scottish indie rockers Calm as the Colour offer up their third EP for your listening enjoyment. And, enjoyment appears to be exactly what LTW’s Jay Rawley got!
They say the third times a charm. In the case of ‘When Traditions No Longer Answer Our Questions’, the latest EP by Calm as the Colour, it’s certainly on the money. This quartet is based out of Fife, Scotland, and have been steadily gigging and recording since they got together in early 2011. Their two earlier independent releases have seen a lot of airplay on ‘BBC Introducing’ Scotland, and the band was voted “BBC Introducing Band To Watch Out For” in November 2011 by Tom Robinson, as well as being voted Kingdom FM’s “Band of the Year” for 2012. So it’s no surprise that after honing their songs and sound for two years that this latest release is so spot on. The band chose to record at a friends studio, which played in their favor as they were able to take a little more time to get things just right.
The EP opens with ‘Windows Of Our Times Collide’. Think Jesus And Mary Chain, but with a bit more of a punky energy. The guitars and drums on this just sound big. ‘Light Is Rising’ has kind of an Oasis-y thing to it and the kind of slashing guitars that would kill in front of a small pub crowd or outside at a fist pumping festival. The solo features a very cool 60’s inspired reverb drenched interplay between guitar and bass. The band pulls things back a just little bit on the third track, ‘A Little Precarious’. Lyrically however, this is no love ballad, as it talks about escaping the clutches of a girlfriend and hiding out in the city. With it’s mournful vocal, this one would play well acoustically.
Next up is ‘Flowers On The Hill’ which, with it’s trippy psychedelic organ and churning acoustic guitar is probably the most produced track on the EP. The melody has almost a nursery rhyme thing to it that just sticks in your head. The last track up is ‘Everywhere Is Here’, which again has a JAMC feel to it, but with enough jangle to the guitars to make Noel Gallagher proud.
Really, for an independent project, they manage to bridge that gap between the coolness of DIY and the perfection of a corporate release. With gigs at The Cavern in Liverpool and The Barrow Lands in Glasgow under their belts, Calm As The Colour are positioned to help put shoegaze music back on the radar. Keep an ear out for them in Edinburgh at Pivo in May.
Words by Jay Rawley. More writing by Jay on Louder Than War can be found here.