Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with our favorite young band, The American Scene. The band is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Safe For Now, tomorrow via Pure Noise Records, so make sure to download the LP here. In this week’s feature, Jeff Wright dives into one of his largest influences, Colour Revolt. Jeff’s story on how he found Colour Revolt via Myspace and went as far as creating a “fake”-podcast to interview the band is a great look into how much music can matter in someone’s life. Make sure to listen to great songs by Colour Revolt on Spotify here and check out what Jeff had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Jeff Wright of The American Scene:
It’s 2006 and the Myspace age was booming. I would probably spend about three - four hours each day surfing Myspace in search of new and interesting bands. If in this moment you’re thinking that this was a pretty lame practice - you’d be correct. At the time I was recording bands out of my studio - converted garage, so I felt that it was part of my job to find bands that needed recordings and email them about setting up possible studio time. I’d end up listening to literally hundreds of bands. Sometimes I wouldn’t find anything and end up just looking for new music to listen to on my own personal time. There weren’t many interesting bands that came out of searching through the social cacophony that is myspace for music; but of the few things I did discover, Colour Revolt was a needle in an otherwise fruitless haystack.
Colour Revolt had just released their first EP. They are from Mississippi. “Mattresses Underwater” was one of the singles up on their Myspace for streaming and I was no stranger to the play button. I was enamored by this band. To me, it was a combination of all the types of things that I grew up listening too and my teenage music tastes. My dad used to listen to The Who almost every day when I was younger, and I felt a great presence of that in Jesse’s vocal style. On top of that, the songs were very strangely structured, which at the time was something that I was very into. I was very much interested in dynamics and arrangement at that time. I literally couldn’t write a verse, chorus, verse, chorus bridge, outro song. Anything that resembled a standard song setup, I’d shy away from. Hell, I wouldn’t even submit to playing an octave chord. I was 16 and ready to get weird. Colour Revolt satiated that craving for me through their song structures, but also was able to keep a looming hooky-pop-sensibility to their tracks.
They released their second album and I just shut off all other music. I would listen to Plunder, Beg & Curse back to back, multiple times a day. This would be regular practice for me for the entire year of 2008. I was freakishly interested the tones, the song structures, the dynamics and probably most importantly, their ability to take something so simple and build it into a complex amalgamation of majors and minors. Their raw ability to go from an upbeat, consciously rocking groove and come down to a point where the song you felt like you were in a “moat” or “bayou” was something I couldn’t find anywhere else in indie rock music. The lyrical content was parallel to what I was going through at the time. Stories of unfolding domino situations and relationships that were written under heavy metaphorical scrutiny; it was like candy to my ears.