A FEW weeks ago, we interviewed Films of Colour during their video shoot around the borough.
The lineup: Andy Clutterbuck (lead vocals, guitar), James Hatcher (guitar), Jack Allinson (bass, synths, electronics), James Rees-Flynn (drums) have now attracted attention from The Guardian, who clearly identify the band as something a little bit special.
YourThurrock has been particularly impressed with their recent cover version of David Bowie’s 2002 single “Slowburn” which was produced as part of a yet to be released tribute album to Bowie. The band had the privilege of recording in the rarefied atmosphere of Air Studios.
Paul Lester from The Guardian reports:
“Films of Colour have just signed to Label Fandango, an offshoot of Fierce Panda, and have been described by the indie imprint’s founder Simon Williams as the best band they’ve had on their books since early Coldplay and Keane. And Steve Lamacq is apparently a fan. The patronage of these two ex-NME scribes from the paper’s 90s glory days makes sense: Films of Colour (FOC to their friends) would have been exactly the sort of band they would have raved about in said journal’s pages more than a decade ago, when Doves and Travis and Starsailor – and Coldplay and Keane – were the dominant force, in the dark ages before the Strokes and the White Stripes brought about a sea change and wiped epic balladry off the indie map.
They’re still only playing venues such as the Bull and Gate in London so let’s not get carried away with predictions on their behalf. Yes, they’ve got battalions of A&R people trudging along to see them whenever they plug in, but then, who hasn’t in these desperate times? But you can see why someone – perhaps someone lacking in adventure and avant-garde spirit – might want to take a punt on them. There hasn’t been a successful four-piece band purveying this sort of windswept, rain-lashed mournful but majestic indie-rock since, ooh, White Lies at least. And although Rushes and Red Light Company, to name but two outfits from the last couple of years hoping to grab some post-Interpol/Editors action, failed at the first hurdle, you’d like to think there was still some mileage – and moolah – to be gained from this area of endeavour.
FOC’s first single, Actions, is highly accomplished – an accomplished approximation of the Coldplay/Keane sound, that is. The B-side, Circles, is rave music for depressed graduates who’ve just failed their finals. They’ve recorded a version of Slow Burn, from David Bowie’s 2002 album, Heathen, and made it sound like a Delphic track, quite an achievement all told. If You Ever Speak is another one that sounds like an electronicised Coldplay, and Clutterbuck’s voice is strikingly Chris Martin-ish, which will either make your year or fill you with homicidal fury, depending on whether you feel there is room for another bunch of serious young men plying pensive, plaintive indie-rock for the planet’s stadia, crooned ever so decorously by a bloke who can fake sincerity with the best of them.
The buzz: “Moody, epic, and the ability to write a chorus that would give even Snow Patrol a run for their money” – Hey Man, Check My Band.
The truth: Gwyneth herself would be hard pressed to tell them apart.
Most likely to: Parachute into the mainstream.
Least likely to: Cause a rush of blood to the head.
What to buy: Actions is released by Label Fandango in October.
File next to: Keane, Coldplay, White Lies, Delphic.
Friday’s new band: Silvery.