Thu, Aug. 19th, 2010
Pretty much every band in history has had internal conflict, or members leave over some such inter-band strife. Not every band is able to push past that and create some of their most personal and cohesive material to date. Two years after the release of their full length 2008 debut, Colour Revolt –core members Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick -- return with their sophomore album "The Cradle."
"The Cradle" is unashamedly candid, and Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick have no problem pulling back the curtain on the band’s past life and skeletons. In songs like "8 Years" and "Our Names," the band explores new areas of their songwriting, while their storytelling style vents through personal issues and finds characters like "Carol" in "Reno." They reveal the private moments of a life on tour and at home in "8 Years," while the guitars in "She Don’t Talk" mirror Television and Elvis Costello. Brooks Tipton (keys) and Kirkpatrick’s ethereal tones swirl in the background of woven harmonies in the dynamic, pounding march of "Heartbeat" and "Mona Lisa." Vocal harmonies, infectious melodies, and incessant drums pervade throughout the entire record. It’s evident that Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick are finding the pulse of honest, brutal songwriting.
With studio time booked a month away at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, Coppenbarger (Vocals, guitar) and Kirkpatrick (Guitar, vocals) recruited Daniel Davison to add his raw drum style, and Tipton was asked to man the Farfisa, Rhodes and Casios. Producer Hank Sullivant (MGMT, The Whigs) rounded out the lineup on bass. They had a goal to record 11 songs live in 7 days, though the band had never fully played together until a week before the recording session. Sean and Jesse had demoed 20 songs in 2009 and sent 15 to the new band. They met for a week in Jackson, MS and rehearsed in an abandoned trucking company warehouse, hacking through the record song-by-song and played a couple shows prior to the session to work out any nerves. The album reached its full potential after Clay Jones (Modest Mouse), who produced the band’s first record, mixed the 2" tape recordings.
In January of 2010, the band created their own imprint, New Fear, under their manager’s (Dualtone) label for the release, allowing them more ownership and creative control of their careers than ever before. As Jesse describes, "New Fear" grew out of "a collapse of interest between the band and Fat Possum. We fell apart. We felt that no one was representing us but us. We lost some brothers, survived and came out feeling like we could do this on our own and better. ‘The Cradle’ will prove that."
In 2006, Colour Revolt’s debut EP garnered national attention (in 2006) when it was re-released by Interscope imprint Tiny Evil. Oxford, MS-based label Fat Possum took notice, signing the band and releasing their first LP "Plunder, Beg, and Curse" in April of 2008. Praise from influential internet and print publications like Stereogum and Paste followed, with Paste naming "Plunder, Beg, and Curse" one of their top 50 releases of 2008. The band spent a year on the road following the release, including a tour with rock pioneers The Breeders and slots at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza.