Colour Me Wednesday are set to release their superb new EP ‘Anyone and Everyone‘. Unapologetic, brash and doused in sugar, the four tracks of ‘Anyone and Everyone’ deal with loss, friendship and embracing all-out pop infection. Sounds good, right? Well you can listen to the whole ruddy thing below.
To celebrate the release, Colour Me Wednesday are hitting the road. Dates as follows.
31 JT Soar, Nottingham
There’s a lot going on with Colour Me Wednesday so we asked the band’s Jennifer and Harriet Doveton some questions. They answered them and we’ve posted it below. Pretty sure that’s how this all works, anyway.
What inspired your new EP, ‘Anyone and Everyone’?
Jennifer: Well we knew we wanted to do a second full length album soon. But you know when you have some great songs that are just waiting in the wings and you don’t wanna lose interest in them? So we were like… why not just try recording them ourselves? So we recorded drums in a potato barn at our friend’s farm in Iver and recorded the rest in my bedroom, DIY but really thinking about the quality.
Harriet: Yeah the most important thing for us right now was just putting something out there as it’s been TOO long and we just happened to have 4 new songs that we were really proud of. Inspiration is drawn from all over the place. Chart pop to female fronted punk and indie, we even put a song on there that’s a style of music we’ve never really tried before. Jen and I knew a bit about DIY recording but just really did the research and were very organised about it and it paid off! Just goes to show, if you can borrow or source equipment for cheap and you have a little team of reliable people and musicians- you can record yourself just using information from the internet. It pains me that a lot of women out there probably feel alienated from the technical side of music- I used to as well! But now we’ve reclaimed it and we owned it.
It’s a very inclusive title, do you write your music for everyone?
J: Yeah! I think that music should be really catchy and really accessible. I don’t like the kind of music where people feel a sense of achievement for having “got it”. Because if it’s not immediately reasonably good, it’s probably not a good song. I think people look down on catchiness cos it’s so accessible. Why does a melody resonate with everyone? ‘cos it has an emotional core expression in it which is what makes you want to repeat it over and over.
H: I agree, for some reason there is a level of snobbery around catchy pop – as if it’s cheap and not authentic. What’s that about? Get over it. Embrace the pop, don’t pretend you don’t know the lyrics to B*witched ‘C’est la Vie’.
J: The title is cos we mention ‘anyone and everyone’ in the lyrics in the EP but it’s also because the EP is full of hyperbole. Like when you exaggerate things for dramatic effect cos you’re feeling a bit desperate, paranoid or sad.
H: ‘Horror Story’ is about the paranoia Jen mentioned. How it’s kinda scary making new friends in your mid twenties and having trust issues with people. At school you’d make friends and maybe fall out but it would never be a huge deal, it would be silly and people would get over stuff. However as an adult it’s much more detrimental and there’s a surprising amount of petty drama. Sometimes it just makes you wanna keep people at arms length which is a real shame. Plus sometimes when I make a new friend I realise they are just using me so they can hang out with my cat Tama who is the biggest babe on the planet.
It’s been almost two years since you released your split with Spoonboy. What’s changed for the band in that time and how has that affected this EP?
J: Yeah, our drummer left and that was really hard cos when he told us he was gonna leave I sorta felt like we couldn’t go on without him, cos we all had such integral roles in the band and he was a very technical person. He would be the quiet one at the back reading up on how to do technical shit, and research equipment. That’s a nice person to have in your band. But we manage without him now!
H: Yeah it kinda threw us for a bit. We spent 2015 just working on getting and practicing with a new drummer which meant we couldn’t focus on as many live shows, promo, new songs or anything. But now we have two drummers, Lizzie and Jaca. Jaca played the drums on our latest EP and I still listen back to them like ‘wow’. Overwhelmed by their talent. You can really hear the potatoes too.
What do you want people to take away from ‘Anyone and Everyone’?
J: Lyrics that get stuck in your head.
H: Helps that we repeat some over and over in the first track. I like the idea of someone going through something emotionally and being out in the world, whether it’s driving, on the train somewhere, or on their way back home and listening to it in their headphones and just making them feel alive and connecting with the lyrics. Is that cheesy? I don’t care.
J: The last song, written by our bassist Carmela (Pietrangelo) is about grief and death. I was able to draw on a lot of my experiences of the passing of a loved one. It makes you feel like, weird about the passing of time. Time is stood still, but also going too fast and everyone is growing up and aging- one of the lines is “people are gone like they never existed”. Songs about grief are always a bit difficult to listen to but hopefully this one isn’t too bad.
‘Anyone and Everyone’ is more expansive than what you’ve put out before. Did you set out to push Colour Me Wednesday forward or is just a natural evolution?
J: In some ways it felt more introspective than the other releases, but then you are aware you’re putting the songs out into the world so they are all about kind of universal themes: the inability to change yourself, frustration at not being taken seriously, paranoia and survival and coping with grief. I think we thought about diversity of themes as well as sound between songs, which is something I like to hear in a record.
H: I feel like the songs are all pretty different from each other and diverse in style but fit nicely together on one release. That was natural. Whereas our first album was probably more limited in genre (other than the ska songs.)
J: ‘Two-Fifty For You Girls’ is an upbeat poppy song, ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ is upbeat yet wistful. ‘Horror Story’ is very short, snappy, and a sarcastic irreverent pop tune.
H: And then ‘In Your Shoes’ is a completely different vibe. And we recorded the guitar to that in our mum and dad’s empty reverb-y boat.
You’re handcrafting the cd covers for this release, is it important that there’s more to a release than just some good songs?
J: We’re all visually expressive as well as musically. We’ve also got a lot of collage material saved up, old cereal boxes and magazines that we need to use up – as well as a lot of creativity we need to let out, so this is perfect. Also people get something special and handmade that they’ll never want to part with! Plus I’m always thinking about how Harriet has a shed full of old magazines that she has hoarded.
H: Recycling gives me a huge buzz haha. Not the act of chucking some cardboard in your recycling bin but actually reusing stuff and turning it into something else. Some of the materials in our crafted CDs (which we are making, literally right now) is art from when we were teenagers- pretty embarrassing but makes for interesting covers. So our CD release of the EP is all gonna be handmade covers. But its also coming out on 7” in a few months as a co-release with punk label KROD in France. AND we’re also co-releasing it on cassette tape with Wiener Records in LA. Every format for anyone and everyone.
You’re About to head off on tour around the UK, what can people expect from a Colour Me Wednesday live show?
J: Good positive energy, some laughter, some pathos, some poo jokes – we will be on tour after all.
H: Plus a surprise pop cover. I dance a lot on stage cos if I keep still then just one of my leg moves to the beat and I look like Billy Bragg. Love Billy Bragg though.
Is there a message you want people to leave with?
J: Make music you would listen to yourself. Don’t try to make it difficult to listen to if it doesn’t have to be.
H: Go vegan. It seriously rules and I’m in permanent food heaven.
And what’s next for the band?
J: We’re doing a tour of Europe in August and recording an album!
H: Also got a festival or two to announce!
Anything else you want to get off your chest/feel like people should know?
J: People should probably… try to… destroy capitalism.
H: Check out our label/creative collective Dovetown. We put on shows and record live sessions in Uxbridge. We also play football sometimes.
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