What drew me most to the songs of the four piece LA band The Colour was the lead singer's voice. There's a real sense of young but detectable desperation even amongst the thick guitar chords in songs like "Save Yourself," which is definitely my favorite of theirs. Infused with a real modern sense of The Doors and Led Zeppelin, The Colour drew a definite array of appreciative young women to the front of the stage.
The songs were tight for their forty-five minute set. They had cameras. (I wasn't the only one taking pictures.) They had action (at one point, a member of the opening band dressed as a devil and pretended to assault various band members.) One thing they were missing? Lights, which seemed like they would be important to a major label signed band who seems to relish in adoration from others. Though the darkness did create a definite mood, which was almost spooky in its mysteriousness, it didn't really suit the presentation overall and made it incredibly frustrating on the photography end. I actually approached the lead singer after the set, complimented the songs and their playing but asked why they chose darkness. He told me he liked the cave-like sense of it (I felt tempted to respond "Caves are for bats and Nick Cave, but alas I held back.) That aside, the potential and the youth is there for The Colour to become a great band of this century as long as they keep up with their passion and playing and are able to continue to create new songs despite what looks like to be a fairly relentless tour.