Florida-based Duo Shows Off Their True “Colours”

The opening scene of Colours’ new video for “Monster,” the single from their debut album Ivory, introduces Victory Records’ hardcore alt-rock fans to a new realm of angst, betrayal and distress.

The quiet chaos begins with snapshots of steam flowing from the hood of a car, an inverted wheel infinitely spinning against a night sky and a line of blood dropping from a brown boot.

A close-up of a pretty girl’s face canvases the screen, but she shows no sign of emotion or concern. She remains still, silent and unaffected.

At a quick glance, her “girl-next-door” appearance – complete with a plain white t-shirt and a pair of ripped black jeans – poses no threat. Her eyes continue to cast a distant stare into the camera, and a dim light of doubt sheds its shadow. Trouble transcends, as she coyly smiles.

Vocalist Kyle Tamo’s voice echoes, “Just stay a little longer / So you can show me how to move,” and Morgan Alley’s haunting, rhythmic drums foster an anxiety, an nervousness that no one can escape. A picturesque open road paints a final, fatal sequence. Dancing with the devil only leads to death.

This song is a perfect preface for the Florida-based duo, whose dark, hypnotic sound relies on a synthesized ambient excursion of their talents.

Often drawing comparisons to Purity Ring and The Weeknd, Tamo’s and Alley’s compositions step away from Victory Records’ usual suspects, which mostly comprise hard rock, metal and pop-punk bands, like Jungle Rot, Reverend Horton Heat and Continents.

While Colours is a breath of fresh air for the Victory family, their thoughtful pieces like “Lawless” and “The Unforgettable” do represent the label’s mission of mayhem and barrier-breaking individuality, a monologue that the creatively unruly crave for.

Catch Colours’ performance at 6:30 pm tonight at the House of Blues in Chicago for the 101WKQX Queued Up Artist Showcase along with New Beat Fund and Victorian Halls. Doors at 6pm. Colours’ album Ivory will be out on Feb. 26.

F. Amanda Tugade
F. Amanda Tugade