Release Their Debut Self-titled
Featuring the New Single "Means
To An End" and the previous hits "Hunting
Something" and "Holy
::: LIVE :::: Album
Launch ::: Whelans, Dublin
Saturday 6th September
Price: 10 Euro
to album + artwork; click "here"
for review purposes
The Gorgeous Colours were formed over a period
of some years, as two music-loving art school friends were gradually
joined by a Franco-Dutch rhythm section. They have been musically
active since 2006: almost three years of gigs, adventures on and
off the rails, arguing over mixes, and laughing at each other's
Finally, their album is ready. Recorded in too many studios to detail
here, the album was born over long days and oftentimes nights in
various parts of Dublin and surrounding areas, including Tim's dad's
attic. Put together on a shoestring budget, it was built primarily
on perseverence, love and the kindness of friends.
As a collection of songs, it reflects the love
of its creators for many of the different forms in which music
can be made and heard. Some songs are sweet, some are sour. Some
are long, others not so long. Some are very different from others,
and they like it that way. They humbly suggest that music need
not be put into a box – the very concept is scientifically
"Thank f*** for The Gorgeous Colours. If you're starting
to find it hard to move in Ireland for all the rock rip-off clones
clogging up the stages, then salvation surely lies with these
four idea-laden people. Thumping rhythms and exotic guitars meet
in the Mexican badlands on the single 'Hunting Something'. Irish
radio and its listeners were powerless, as were we. Track of the
year? Just maybe, but it was no fluke, as anyone who's been at
one of their arse-shifting live shows will understand."
– from Connected magazine's "Top 50 Irish bands"
feature, January 2008.
"The Gorgeous Colours' album sampler
is just over twenty minutes long and bestows five songs from their
soon to be released debut album. The up tempo number 'Means' start
us off on the right foot and the energy is maintained throughout
the five songs. It's hard to describe The Gorgeous Colour's style,
especially when you listen to songs like the new download-only
single 'Holy Moley'. Throwing monk-like chanting, cowbells, delicate
melodies and ska stop/start rhythms to the mix, the Colours combine
these elements to create something very special. These five songs
tease us and leave us gagging for the album…"
- State Magazine review of album sampler, June 08
The Gorgeous Colours
have been musically active since 2006, during which time they
have had many adventures, played many a show, and even released
some music. So far, their favourite moments have been:
their debut single "Burning" described by Hot Press
as "genius summed up in four and a half minutes".
Seeing the follow-up "Hunting
Something" reach number one in Phantom FM's chart last
Touring Ireland with The Immediate in April 07.
"As beautiful and bright as their name
implies, this Dublin fourpiece are creating infectious, studied
and beautifully crafted indie rock. Tracks like the urgent, guitar-driven
Hunting Something, the melancholy I Miss You and the simply brilliant
Burning, coupled with their energetic live performances, mark
them out as definitely being on the road to greater things."
- In Dublin Magazine
"The sheer pleasure the band take in
playing, combined with the energy and jubilant nature of the music,
translates into one of the most enjoyable live bands in the country
at the moment." - UCD College Tribune (Artist
of the Fortnight)
"The marvellous thing with The Gorgeous
Colours is that you never really know where their intoxicating
music is going to take you next, yet you instinctively feel you
can trust them to guide you. It's clearly going to be a fascinating
journey, but for now 'Holy Moley' is the sound of the plot thickening
very nicely indeed." - Whisperinandhollerin.com
Brief History of The Gorgeous Colours
had a problem. He was trapped, just like everyone else. He was turning
in circles, stuck in a fog of mind games and spiderwebs, a shepherd without
a flock. There was only one way out, and he couldn't travel it on his
own. He could see the rainbow, but he wasn't going to get there without
He found Neil in art
college, a plucky young photographer with some Zeppelin records, a classical
guitar and a fire in his belly. They made music, they made art, they went
to Thailand. It felt alright to Sweet. Sure, Neil's young, he reckoned,
but he's got a brain that stays right in tune, and fingers to die for.
When they heard news
on the wires of a tall Dutchman who had just gotten a bass for Christmas,
a light bulb flickered in everyone's head. When they sat together, it
flickered some more. Tim wasn't sure how to play the thing yet, and he
seemed to be tired all the time. But he knew where the notes were, and
he wasn't afraid to hit them. Yeah, they thought they were pretty tasty
alright. But without rhythm, they were nothing more than a bunch of babies,
and they knew it.
They searched high
and low, they tested and they tried, but the wheel just wouldn't stop
on the right number. But when a moody Frenchman turned up on O'Connell
bridge with his sticks in one hand and some beers in the other, they knew
their time had come. Glenn's talk was as fiery as his beats were hot,
and he had a dangerous charm that rubbed them up just the right way. Four
hours later, the final Lego block was in place, and the rocket was ready
Over Guinness and
lasagne, Gorgeous Geoff laid out his plan. He told them, in a thick Dundalk
accent, how he was burning, how he hungered for more, how he could see
the future. He expressed his belief that everyone was asleep, and confided
his desire to "put a rocket under people's arses".
They found his ideas a little strange, and a lot of the time the French
guy wasn't even sure what he was saying, but they liked the cut of his
jib. And he was profoundly handsome, in a way that made him difficult
to disagree with.
They figured they
got it, whatever it was. It was something to do with tasting some new
flavours. Something to do with feeling your feet on the floor. Something
to do with sweet tunes and groovy rhythms, with melodies that went straight
to the heart and harmonies that wouldn't take no for an answer.
So that was that.
The rocket was there. Did they want to jump in, or stay in put?
They were smart boys,
and the answer was wonderfully clear. It was easy.
It was gorgeous.
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