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Impossibly catchy, riff-heavy and emotive, it’s earned its replay status all these years later. Colour & Shade have been influenced by this in a big way, painting their newest release, Hostile Grounds, with a nostalgic brush. Like their 2018 self-titled debut, the EP borrows the best bits of an old favourite sound while still embracing the bands signature flavour.
There’s a palpable sense of passion ringing through the five tracker, which nails the storytelling aspect, dealing with topics of rebirth, relationships, human rights and equality. On the sonic front, it serves up hooks for days. And if that somehow doesn’t float your boat, the intense, layered vocals and singalong moments will.
A spin of Hostile Grounds will send you back to nights spent at gigs, shoulder to shoulder with your mates, losing your voices as part of a crowd choir.
Fans of Beartooth, While She Sleeps, and A Day To Remember are sure to have the EP on heavy rotation. And while Canvas, Equilibrium and Therapy are standout tracks, there are no low points here. Colour & Shade have shown off their technical ability, weaving captivating melodies all the way through.
A spin of Hostile Grounds will send you back to nights spent at gigs, shoulder to shoulder with your mates, losing your voices as part of a crowd choir. It may not reinvent the wheel, but it packs one hell of a punch.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Canvas, Equilibrium, Therapy
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Beartooth, While She Sleeps, A Day To Remember