Introducing: Colour & Shade

Melbourne-based quartet Colour & Shade hope to offer a bit of something for everyone, fusing hardcore influences with driving riffs and big hooky choruses in a sound they describe as “honest, driven and meaningful.”

The band first got together in 2016, when Zak and Tim wrote an album before recently adding Mat and Graham to the mix. And on the sound they’ve honed since, they tell us: “It is always tough describing our own music to anyone who hasn’t listened, but I would say right now our music does reflect our influences a bit. Our influences include heavy hitters such as Beartooth, ADTR and even some old school Metallica. That being said, I think when it comes to writing music we are still finding our feet and it will be very interesting to see what we can come up with next and what we narrow in on.”

They’ve just released their latest EP Hostile Grounds, on which they said: “There’s a little something for everyone in there, but you can expect some driving riffs and choruses to sing along to. We also tried a softer song in this EP, which we believe sounds incredible.”

The EP kicks of in lively fashion with the fun opening riff of Equilibrium, which continues into a big rocky section. Clean vocals jump in and are joined by a bouncy riff then screamed supporting vocals as it develops into a powerful chorus of “You’re through the worst, it gets better, Why second guess, look further.”

A quick smash of instrumentals gives way to big screamed vocals, before dual vocals build towards another engaging chorus. The pace drops with light guitars then echoey vocals “We are the face you can’t see, You’ve got a choice so believe, We’ve got a voice now, you’ll see, Let’s raise a glass, you and me” give way to a cool guitar solo that sets up a return of the same vocals. Check it out in the video below:

That’s followed by the excellent Therapy, which starts with light guitars that continue under engaging vocals before exploding into heavy guitars and driving drums under screamed vocals. A big catchy chorus takes over with the vocals “Therapy, You need therapy, ‘Cause he moved on, While you slept on, Why can’t you see that this seed it grows, Corrupting leaves you feel all alone, Don’t let this virus take hold of your soul, Just let go before roots take hold.”

A second chorus ends on a repeating guitar note under screamed vocals that gives way to a huge blast of stabbing guitars, which continue alongside huge screams. That sets up a final blast of the chorus before ending on heavy guitars and screamed vocals. Check it out in the video here:

There’s a delicious, more laid back song in Rest, then Canvas starts in the same manner before realy intensifying. And the EP closes out in style with Phoenix, which opens with building guitars that drop into a cry of “Watch it burn,” a delicious stabbing riff and a cool spinning lick. Engaging vocals take over alongside fun guitar lines and give way to an awesome chorus of heavy screams answered by clean retorts. A fun little guitar solo gives way to throaty screamed vocals that feed into a final chorus that brings an excellent EP to a close. Check it out in the lyric video here:

On the band’s influences, they tell us: “It’s very easy for people to look at a band’s sound and be influenced by the songs that we like and we do that ourselves. But I think to take that further we love to look at other bigger bands and look at what they are doing behind the scenes, from that I think we draw most of our inspiration. That community engagement is something we love to see and want to move into.”

And when it comes to what inspires them to write music, they continue: “We have briefly touched on different topics in the past including politics/world status and mental health. Looking to the future though I think when it comes to a topic or a specific message we really don’t want to limit ourselves. We have a lot to say, and we want to convey a real and honest message within our songs that is going to mean something to the people that are listening to our music.”

We’ve had a little upsurge in Australian bands on the site lately, so we asked the guys for their thoughts on their local scene. They told us: “We really could go into this for hours I think. Currently it is very hard with very little support from any sort of outside sources. But there seems to be a new wave of music approaching, so many great tracks coming out of upcoming and local bands within Australia. So because of that we are very optimistic about the future of the metal/rock scene within Australia.”

There’s plenty more to come from Colour & Shade, including getting back into live shows. As they tell us: “Working on the band internally will be priority number one though and making sure all members are on the page, especially with the recent change of personnel. We have a lot in front of us this year, so hopefully when we come out of it we can lead the charge and deliver more music that everyone can love.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to all who have listened to/supported us and we look forward to bringing you more epic music in the future!”

You can follow Colour & Shade on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

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