Today you get to give a listen to Color Me Wednesday. They have a new EP that will start streaming tomorrow, so use the links below tomorrow morning to tune in to some new tracks, in the meantime you can get up to speed on Color Me Wednesday by listening to some of their previous work. I like , Color Me Wednesday, it’s like you’re listening to a band that just wants to put out good music that people can relate to as they sing along. There is nothing pretentious going on and that’s a bit on the refreshing side. Just gut honest lyrics , cool harmonies and excellent music to compliment everything else. I would highly recommend that you sit everything aside for the next 30 minutes and devout some time to Color Me Wednesday, and be sure to visit their sites tomorrow morning for some straems of the new EP…
1. for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
J: Harriet formed the band with her school friends and couldn’t find another singer so I quit my day job as a shower singer and stepped up to play local battle of the bands with her and her mates, eventually it ended up just us, the Doveton sisters. Carmela joined later and she’s the perfect bassist, really talented but and really chill and low maintenance.
H: Yeah it started off probably like a lot of bands. You’re a teenager, you wanna learn an instrument and jam with your friends and feel badass. But then when Jen joined it became something more than that and we instantly felt like we were something special if I’m honest haha. We started a scrap book instantly and even had like 2 mugs made with a Colour Me Wednesday cartoon on the side. Premature merch production hahaha.
C: I joined CMW in 2012 when I heard they needed a new bassist. It came at a good time for me, when I was just looking to get back into playing, so I messaged Harriet and we took it from there. Now I live 15 mins down the canal.
H: She loves Uxbridge. The Wonky/Wanky teapot is her fave hangout.
2. who would you list as your musical influence?.
C: My main musical influences have been PJ Harvey, Electrelane, The Breeders, also Wye Oak, Sufjan Stevens
J: I used to have daydreams/waking nightmares about performing entire Juliana Hatfield albums, onstage, to the whole school. She and other female singer-songwriters I grew up listening to have really inspired me. What I like about women who sing and write is that they can show every facet of themselves, vulnerabilities and strengths while male artists are encouraged to keep their vulnerabilities to themselves which I think limits them creatively.Although it’s never held them back commercially unfortunately.
H: My original influences were Juliana Hatfield, Belly and I guess a lot of the pop we grew up on- Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls, Nelly Furtado. Then later came bands like Lemuria, Sky Larkin, Gordan Gano’s army. And lately – all sorts! Laura Stevenson, Waxahatchee, Paramore.
3. whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
C: Going on tour for a month in the US is fairly hard to beat! Especially as it was my first time going to America anyway. Seeing photos of our album on display at an HMV store in Japan was surreal too.
J: The coolest thing is definitely the American tour which we couldn’t have done without David ‘Spoonboy’ Combs carrying us around on his back. I never thought I’d be able to see so much of the world because I never thought it would be affordable. But thanks to David and a bunch of generous and enthusiastic musicians and fans, we did it!
H: Yeah I agree. I never thought we’d be able to do something like that- partly cos of money like Jen said. But we made it work and I came back with glowing skin from a vegan diet, loads of carrots and virgin bloody marys haha.But for some reason I was allergic to all the dogs over there. Supporting Waxahatchee a few years back in London was great too!
4. what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
C: Release an EP, release another album, do the recording ourselves, tour more, maybe play Europe… And just generally grow as musicians and songwriters.
J: I hope we get to tour America or Europe. I really want to go on tour with another like-minded band. I want to make more videos, sessions and projects, I want to push what it can be achieved as a DIY band. I want to work really really hard and I want to expand our (punk/diy/creative) community
H: We’re about to release another EP. We recorded it entirely ourselves at home. The drums we recorded in my friend’s potato barn and all the bass guitar and vocals in various cabins at home. My friend Luke is mixing it. Really excited to release it! Because of line up changes and so on recording has been put on hold for a while but now we’re back! So after that’s out we’re immediately getting started on second album and hopefully playing as many gigs as possible too! We wanna play more festivals but its hard cos of boring reasons.
5. what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
C: Hop Along – Painted Shut, Joanna Newsom – Divers, Personal Best – Arnos Vale, Laura Stevenson – Wheel & Cocksure …there’s undoubtedly loads more I’ve forgotten!
J: I agree with Carmela about Hop Along and Laura Stevenson. We all love Waxahatchee as well. All Dogs just brought out a great album and Personal Best make me hopeful about honest, good songwriting and musicianship in the UK indie/punk scene. I’ve been listening to Hozier even though he’s totally mainstream. Chvrches, Wolf Alice and Paramore are tour-van favourites.
H: Waxahatchee- Ivy Tripp, all the Laura Stevenson albums, Paramore’s self-titled, Sia’s 1000 forms of fear. The Max Levine Ensemble’s new record. Oh and yeah Wolf Alice is really growing on me. I love anything Craig David does. Oh and Ariana Grande!!
6. Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
C: It’s a pain to keep up with because of my rubbish phone! But of course, it’s got a really important use – it’s so much easier to put our music out there, and means we have ownership over what we say and do online
J: Social Media is a really great tool! It feels totally natural for me to be on it constantly. I feel like it is my life now. I’m pretty skeptical about the criticisms of it as an ersatz form of communication because to a lot of people,’traditional’ forms of communication are really limiting or impractical. There’s no ‘pure’ or ‘more natural’ form of communication, social media gives the potential for a flatter (as in less hierarchical) and freer social forum than we see ‘in real life’. From a band’s point of view, we’d have no way to communicate with as large an audience if it weren’t for Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, since record labels presumably don’t see us as commercially viable.
H: I can’t really top what Jen said. I agree. Obviously you get a bit too sucked in sometimes, I feel like since using smart phones it takes up probably more of my day than it should. Should I go outside and look at trees more or something? Anyone got any tips for handling social media usage? Even during Yoga social media pops in my head.
7. Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
J: I don’t think we get many reviews, I’ve seen a few nice things on blogs which is always lovely. In the early days we had a couple of slightly critical comments about stage presence but either we’ve improved or they’re just keeping it to themselves now! Things that keep me up at night is what people don’t say, or the coded ways people criticize you. I’ve had people not simply say they didn’t like our band but they didn’t like our band because we didn’t say hello to them or didn’t smile at them enough. I think this is the kind of infraction men will never, ever get punished for, and it’s actually shocking because we’re very smiley and chatty people when we’re at the merch table.
H: Yeah, if I don’t chat to you before a gig its just cos I don’t wanna lose my voice. But people get aggy about that and think you’re being stuck up/dive. Its like calm dowwwwn. But yeah, for some reason for years we never proactively tried to get press. I don’t know why, we were like wrapped up in our own world recording, writing or just trying to play gigs. But now we want more press- cos why not eh? What I notice about reviews and write ups about our music as they’re usually tucked away in posts on tumblr where individuals are writing how much they connect with our lyrics and so on- rather than tagging us.Some posts and lovely and emotional. You have to self-search to find these little gems. Which I do.
C: I always pay attention to foreign language reviews because they’re really funny to read in google translate. And we’ve been lucky to have very little trolling or negative comments. Either way, when writing I think it’s important we just write for ourselves first, and don’t think too hard about how it will be received.
H: Carmela was in hysterical laughter over this review of us once where the reviewer described the room we played in in incredible detail. And then described how every person knew each other- like a big family tree of bands.
8 If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
C: Hmm, well I’ve always wanted to go to Argentina… but I’d find it interesting to play anywhere really, and see what music scenes are like elsewhere. As long as the actual space we play is safe and doesn’t tolerate bullshit.
J: As I said above, we’ve never toured Europe so I’d love to do that soon. But the West Coast of America and Canada are also on my to do list!
H: Carboot sale tour of the world. And also somewhere warm- on a beach.
C: I think it can make you look at life from a different angle, and can sometimes express your emotions better than you would have otherwise. But I wouldn’t know about soul saving…
8. Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
J: Music can absolutely transform your mood and your whole outlook. I don’t even understand how, but it just can. So yes.
H: Yeah. But I can’t listen to music when I’m going to sleep because I get emotional. I’d rather listen to Simpsons audio tapes. Or stressful episodes of Frasier.
9. Any last thoughts for your fans?
J: ummm message to music fans in general: be open minded, be aware of your prejudices, don’t think just because you’re into punk, indie pop or whatever you don’t need to check yourself. Don’t be a musical snob, be generous, and let us rest our voices before we go onstage wink emoticon
H: Thanks for being great and thanks for buying merch off our bandcamp. Although the post office makes me sweaty. Why is it so hot in there?
while we await the new EP, here are some excellent tracks to give a listen to….
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