Hard Truths from Colour Of Noise as they detail how their ‘Stark Reality’ tour has been proved to be aptly-named. Having been dogged by problems which caused delay and even threatened the band’s survival, it is still to go ahead. The band will be taking their own leap of faith into new towns, not yet even knowing who’ll be sharing the stage with them, playing largely new material from the forthcoming album Bone. CoN will document the honest ups and downs of the tour in a series of mini-documentaries, shared with their fans on Facebook and Pledge.
At the start of 2016, following the Toseland and Dead Daisies tours, they were on a high, but stark reality soon gave them a hefty kick in the nuts. They scraped together a few other shows through the summer. Then, emboldened by a couple of one-off gigs with the awesome Massive Wagons, decided to set up a co-headline tour, intended to be on sale in early December.
Things didn’t pick up there though. In swift succession they lost two members and songwriting slowed to a low ebb. Bruce and vocalist Matt Mitchell were disagreeing over material, so no new songs were on the horizon. Meanwhile, the few December shows proved erratic affairs (though with magic moments amidst the chaos). It was Matt’s turn to be mentally and physically fried during the tour, so offstage he wasn’t his usual self, which made communication harder and a new distance and unexpected darkness descended around the band.
What’s more, CoN had parted company from a legendary agent and long-time friend, back from the Little Angels days. Bruce felt guilty leaving, admitting:
With hindsight, I realised that even one of the biggest agencies couldn’t work miracles, we were just another new band looking for a gig. I kept hassling for shows. It felt undignified to be begging, but Colour of Noise live to play live, and not doing so was killing the band. What can you do?
On this, Matt adds:
It’s kind of arrogant to go out too early as a headline act, so we carefully planned a co-headline tour with our new agent, confident it would create a positive vibe. Band after band expressed interest, only to pull out for logistical reasons, but time ticked on, making it harder to fix not only co-headliners but venues, and importantly get the tour on sale and a positive vibe going out on social media to follow up our new excitement.
Bassist and ever the optimist Ben Daniels says:
God bless Planet Rock! They kept the flag flying and played our single “Medicine Man” [which can be heard below] through those hard weeks. That radio station is the lifeblood of new rock n roll, as well as keeping alive the best music of the past.
Happily, Colour of Noise are now on a creative roll, writing their best-ever work. Galvanised by collaboration with Luke Potashnick (producer of “Medicine Man”), they are moving into deeper psychedelic and experimental regions, always using vintage analogue equipment, always with an eye for a killer chorus, and a lyric that speaks about the quest to live a life in rock n roll, on your own terms, in your own way, whatever the cost.
So there you have it, after the loss of two members, their agent, their frontman’s sanity, support bands and venues for their “Stark Reality” tour, Colour Of Noise have picked themselves up again, though it seems they need your support. The dates can be seen below, if you’ve got some love for the band they could sure use it. Get yourself down to one of the shows!
- 10th May Edinburgh – Bannermans
- 11th May York – The Basement
- 12th May Grimsby – Yardbirds
- 24th May Bristol – Bierkeller
- 25th May Stowmarket – John Peel Centre
- 27th May Bromsgrove – Breaking Bands Festival
- 28th May Stoke – Eleven
- 29th May Manchester – Gullivans
- 30th May Wolverhampton – The Robin 2
- 1st June Harpenden – Halls
- 3rd June Camden Rocks Festival – London, England
Tickets for all the dates can be bought here.