Written by Tayla Ridley
Since receiving the award for Best New Artist in 2009 from their hometown’s O.C. Music Awards, The Colourist has continued to build notable recognition while touring with bands like Fitz & The Tantrums. While The Colourist lacks a full-length album, the band has made up for it in live performances.
If you found yourself at Coachella this year or you happened to attend a concert headlined by The Naked & Famous, Metric, The Wombats, or Youngblood Hawke, chances are you have already seen The Colourist. Yet, this indie pop band has no plans to stop touring and focus on their album: they will be ringing in the new year as the opening act for Panic! At The Disco’s US tour, and more importantly (to us), showcasing at SXSW 2014.
So how much music do they have? Four upbeat tracks featured on their EP Lido, including their alternative radio station sensation “Little Games.” Full of lyrical angst, The Colourist’s Lido is very catchy and not overpowered with high ambitions. Lido finds a balance between dance-worthy beats and moody lyrics, which seems to be a winning combination for indie pop bands these days.
The title of their EP, Lido, pays homage to the building the band would practice and experiment with their music in, but there is no sentimental value behind the band’s name for the members. To them, The Colourist, spelt the British/Canadian way, just looked “nicer.”
The Colourist photo courtesy of the artist