‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ by Colour Me Wednesday (Album)
The London four-piece’s sophomore album is one of the most exciting DIY releases in 2018, and unlikely to be bettered
It’s been a busy five years since London four-piece Colour Me Wednesday released their debut album, I Thought It Was Morning. The intervening years has seen the band record an EP and release a split with fellow London musician Spoonboy. Successful European and American tours, including one with indie band Lemuria, and the inception of the band’s own Dovetown record label, has kept the band busy.
What makes Colour Me Wednesday stand out from their peers is that their brand of indie, pop-punk is incredibly modern. There aren’t any songs on the album that could be considered ‘throwback’ or rip-offs. The band’s wide range of influences means they’ve created a sound that is more unique than the average indie rehash artist. Also, Colour Me Wednesday’s ability to write engaging music that reflects the world as it is today, is one of their strengths.
Boyfriend’s Car is one song that tackles the reality of piss-poor politics. The track features stunning vocal harmonies, while frontwoman Jen Doveton drives the lyrics with undeniable skill and accuracy. Take What You Want (And Then Leave) injects some electronica; another example of the band refusing to give in to genre-defining boundaries. Other favourites from the album include Sunriser, Edge Of Everything, and Disown.
Colour Me Wednesday are fearless songwriters in the sense that they let their music go where it needs to, but their songs will always be well-crafted and heartfelt. The band know how to channel their emotions and say what needs to be said, without losing any impact.
Verdict: Engaging and unique