Colour TV – New Lion Brewery – Dartington, Feb 12th 2022
Billy Pilgrim – Colour TV (2021 )
Cornwall’s Colour TV are so young if you added up the ages of their four members I very much doubt that they would collectively reach my age. The singer, I think would struggle to get served milk, let alone alcohol, but I don’t think he cares as I’ve just seen him half down a pint moments before he wanders on to the stage. The drummer also looks like he has accidentally wandered in from the nearby skate park and found himself behind a drum kit that his dad has accidentally left out, which of course, is entirely possible.
Appearances can apparently be deceptive though, because Colour TV are incredible. Absolutely blindingly brilliant. Their singer winds himself up on stage in a frantic dance that at times makes him look like he is wrestling a stepladder. His stage presence is a thing to behold. It reminds me of Tim Booth in a way, when ‘Stutter’ reaches its crescendo (Kids, ask your grandparents). The lad can sing as well, which helps if you have given up your A Levels to become a singer. Its not just the singer though the rest of the band play like they released seven albums and have been at this lark for decades but Colour TV have released one four track EP.
The write songs that belittle their youth, that rhyme “Dichotomy” with “astronomy”. I’m about four times their age and I can barely write a sentence with the word “dichotomy’ in it. Which is why I write about music rather than actually make it or write it I suppose.
Musically they come across like a cross between Suede, ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ era Blur and that mob from Manchester that are banned from these pages. Tracks like the epic ‘In your Cathedral’ positively throb with energy, attitude and hints at a band with lofty ambition. It also rocks like a bastard, which is a very good thing indeed.
They don’t just do epic though. They already have a genuine anthem ready and waiting for an adoring crowd. That is a song called ‘Charlie’ and it is fantastic, the sort of song that just staples itself to your ears after one listen.
Charlie – Colour TV (2021)