I’ve been listening to Cameo Colours tonight, a four-piece rock outfit from Edinburgh. They’ve just released their debut EP; as of yesterday you can get your copy on their BandCamp page with an honesty box payment. You can listen to the whole EP right here, right now by clicking play.
Daniel, the guitarist for Cameo Colours and for compatriots Run/Lucky/Free, told Dauphin that the band have been playing together for about ten years, in one form or another, when he emailed me a week or so ago.
“Although Cameo Colours is a relatively new project for us, Scott, Jack and I have been playing music together in several different bands for almost 10 years now; originally in Aberdeen where we grew up and then in Edinburgh where we are based now.
“We think this a good set up for us because the majority of the band has had years of experience of playing together, but we feel that we still have that fresh new band feeling due to this being a new project with new songs and a new member. We have been busy over the past few months recording our self-titled debut EP which we plan to release online at the end of November as a free download on both Bandcamp and Soundcloud. The EP was recorded by ourselves and has a very lo-fi sound to it. We tried to recreate the energy and vibe that we have when we play live and we are all very pleased with how the EP sounds. Although some songs on the EP may vary stylistically the general sound of the EP is alternative rock/pop. Some of our favourite influences include Incubus, Nirvana, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr, Reuben, Jeff Buckley, Frank Turner, Biffy Clyro, Said The Whale, and Queens Of The Stone Age.”
I think Cameo Colours lean further towards the math-rock end of the spectrum than some of the influences they listed; on tracks like Magician pretty time signatures wrap around smoothly delivered lyrics. The vocals are great, the guitar is excellent and the way they’ve recorded it is refreshing – showing that lo-fi doesn’t have to be restricted to slowcore acts like Ajimal.
My standout tracks are Real Lies and Cameo Colours; the two tracks where CC release their most distinctive and original salvos – though the quiet spindly guitar melodies on Old Records are inching their way up the my mental leaderboard.
In fact – and I realise that it’s obvious I’m writing whilst listening – I’m enjoying the EP more and more every time I listen, and I am sure you will too. Homegrown rock fruit picked from a very fertile tree.