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Calm As The Colour - Broadcast 16/06/2013


"The Fife four-piece bring some 90s nostalgia to Glasgow"

 

Review by Kimberley Manderson
Posted on 2013-06-18 11:52:50
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Four-piece outfit Calm As The Colour ventured considerably far to be at Broadcast, travelling from Fife to showcase their wares to the Glasgow music scene. Gracing the basement venue the day after the massive Stone Roses gig in Glasgow Green, nostalgia seemed to be the theme of the weekend for gig-goers in the city.

Thundering straight into their set with Windows Of Our Times Collide, guitarist Kris Smith barely had time to finish his outro before the band ploughed through into next track Light Is Rising. Both tracks, taken from the band’s latest EP When Traditions No Longer Answer Your Questions, mix shoegazey guitars with lyrics which flit between The Smiths and Oasis, creating a blend of indie/guitar music from the 80s and 90s, but with a relevant 21st century spin.

Frontman Darren Roy appeared slightly awkward at the beginning of the set, not quite mastering the rock ‘n’ roll frontman attitude you’d expect from such a band, despite looking like the lovechild of Tom Meighan and Gaz Coombes. Leading into older and more popular hits seems to be where Roy finds comfort, exploring the stage and sauntering around with the microphone during fan-favourite ‘Sometimes’.

It wasn’t until around halfway through the set that the crowd were treated to some band-banter, with Roy joking that the next song “is as old as a Ford Capri,” with Smith quipping that “it’s probably as good as a Ford Capri too.” Track in question Velvet Sunburst gives nods to Madchester, in turn giving a double meaning to the oldness to which the band refer.

Calm As The Colour wear their influences on their sleeve, with Roy even noting that track If The Rain Must Fall sounds like a rip-off of Noel Gallagher, but then politely excused that fact because “Noel ripped one of his songs off from someone else anyway.” All in all, it’s not a bad comparison to have; the man can write a bloody good tune and can fill stadiums to boot – with or without his younger brother.

But I digress. Calm As The Colour give a brilliant live performance – once they get into the swing of things. Much more at home with older efforts which have had the live run a few times, the band need to put a little more faith into their newer tracks. Alone they sound just as good as older efforts, but the live performance needs a bit more panache. That said, the bass-heavy Beyond All Recognition was a highlight of the night, and guitarist Smith played with his pedals enough to ensure we weren’t treated to carbon copies of the recorded tracks. It was a shame the crowd was a bit depleted due to The Stone Roses gig the previous day; I get the feeling many of those fans would’ve more than enjoyed Calm As The Colour.


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