The history of colour tv

The history of colour tv


Louder than War premier the latest release from The History of Colour TV 

Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV are back with new music. ‘Wreck’ is the first single from their forthcoming third album ‘Something Like Eternity’. For this, the band travelled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex) at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. The result represents a departure from their hallmark sound by bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.

The History Of Colour TV were founded in Berlin in 2010 by British artist Jaike Stambach. Initially conceived as a solo multimedia project involving noisy hypnotic output through audio, video and soundtrack offerings, over the course of two albums and multiple EPs, released through Bruit Blanc and Saint Marie Records, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, sound collages and reverb-saturated dreampop; to the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. They also toured extensively while establishing their notable presence within the Berlin music scene.


While the more organic approach taken for the band’s second widely acclaimed album ‘Shapes Of Spilt Blood Spelt Love’ largely stripped of the electronic attributes of the band’s debut album ‘Emerald Cures Chic Ills’ to present a spacious mix of strategically sparse layers of guitars, minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass-heavy riffs, the forthcoming album ‘Something Like Eternity’ is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.

‘Wreck’ has beautifully recorded bombastic drums that drive this 5+ minute epic track. There is a nice ethereal guitar line that runs through out and this bobs and weaves to create the massive space that this track creates. It borders on psych rock with passages of quite melancholy that are quickly drenched in distorted guitar. This band owe a great debt to Sonic Youth with the noisy freak outs and often lengthy spacious elements to the track, yet The History of Colour TV appear to be ploughing their own sonic furrow with great abandon.

‘Wreck’ will be released digitally on November 25. Their album ‘Something Like Eternity’ will be released in early 2017 via French label Cranes Records and the band’s own imprint Weird Books.


The History of Colour TV can be found on their website, Facebook and they tweet as @THOCTV.

All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.

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