Colour Revolt – Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt
Colour Revolt EP

“Are you listening?” lead singer Jesse Copenbarger asks on the fantastic opening track “Blood in Your Mouth”. That is all that every band asks for, “Are you listening? Are you paying attention? Is this moving you?” Colour Revolt’s debut EP is something that people should be listening to. It moves and sways across your thoughts, until it settles somewhere inside.

The slow burning start of “Blood in Your Mouth” is something to behold. A pulsing guitar and a swing of harmonica, and the vocals kick in. A tried and true indie method of songwriting is applied here, as the band builds slowly to the cacaphony of the climax. “Mattresses Underwater” opens gently with synths and lite rock guitar, but Coppenbarger’s lyrics open up to a true gem of a song. “Another 40 years for you and yours to learn” is just one of the lyrical flourishes contained in the track. A trembling bassline introduces “A New Family” and then the tinkle of a piano and the falsetto vocals kick in. The descending piano line is terrific as are the “Doo Doo Doo Doo” backing vocals, as the track builds again, but unlike “Blood in Your Mouth” it doesn’t lead to a scream.

Synth buzzes and a skittering electric guitar leads the opening of “Our Homes Are Graves” sounding like a cross between My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, and all of your favorite indie bands. But then that scream comes in on the chorus of “We’ve got the things that we’ve need/Some things are better left unsaid.” “Change Your Face or Change Your Name” is a bitter retort to an unhappy ending. It opens slowly, with bent note guitars and a smooth harmonica line. It stretches itself and leads to another terrific crash of guitars and screaming vocals. The closing track of “Circus” opens with a scream and a pogo guitar line, but despite having the most disappointing opening of any track on the EP, it’s scream along middle section puts a smile on your face, and lets you know that they are indeed a rock and roll band.

It is rare that you might find a young band as powerful and self assured as Colour Revolt sounds on their self titled debut EP. The tone and range of Coppenbarger’s voice, defy his age. The band as a whole make such an interesting noise that is at once incredibly familiar, and at the same time, twisted ever so slightly into a different direction. It is a good trick, and nearly every great band does it. But don’t get me wrong, Colour Revolt aren’t great yet, with the key word in that sentence being yet.

I normally don’t invest my money, or time, in EP’s. But, I must admit, the brevity of Colour Revolt was barely noticeable. The basic premise of any good EP, is to make the audience completely desperate for the complete new album. In this day and age this rarely succeeds, but as far as Colour Revolt are concerned, I am waiting with baited breath.