Colour Me Wednesday

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Colour Me Wednesday
OriginHillingdon, London, England
GenresIndie pop, punk
Years active2007-present
LabelsDovetown
Krod Records
2670 Records
Wiener Records
American Laundromat
Rizkan Records
Associated actsThe Tuts
Perkie
¡Ay Carmela!
Block Fort
Baby Arms
Daniel Versus The World
Sugar Rush
WebsiteCMW bandcamp
MembersJen Doveton
Harriet Doveton
Jaca Freer
Laura Ankles
Past membersHelen Meragi
Danny Gardner
Sam Brackley
Carmela Pietrangelo

Colour Me Wednesday is an indie pop/pop punk band from West London, UK, built around sisters Jen Doveton and Harriet Doveton. The band are noted for their melodic guitar pop,[1] politicised lyrics and DIY punk method, including producing their own recordings, artwork and promotional videos.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Colour Me Wednesday formed in Uxbridge in 2007, initially performing local gigs with various line-ups, and settled as a permanent band in 2009,[4] with Danny Gardner on bass and Sam Brackley on drums. Brackley had previously played bass, with Helen Meragi on drums.[5] They self-recorded and self-released their debut CDr EP What to do in an Emergency that year.[6]

In 2010/2011 a series of self-produced YouTube videos for tracks from their follow up Sampler EP brought them to wider attention in DIY punk and indiepop circles,[2][7][8][9] and the band was invited to play the Indietracks festival in 2012 and 2013.[10]

In 2012 Carmela Pietrangelo (also of ¡Ay Carmela!) joined as new bassist.[11] In June, the band released debut single "Shut" as a digital download with accompanying video, taken from the album I Thought It Was Morning,[12] released by Discount Horse Records in July and described by The Girls Are as "an exceptionally assured debut";[13] the album was self-recorded and included new versions of EP tracks as well as a collaboration with former King Blues keyboardist and solo artist Perkie. A promo video for the track "(I'm Not Coming To Your) BBQ" accompanied the release of the album, which was re-released in Japan and Canada the following year;[14][15] "Shut" was also issued on vinyl in Canada.[16]

2014 saw the band release a split album with Spoonboy on California's Lauren Records,[17][18] supported by a US tour including appearances at Plan-It X festival and New York Popfest.[19] A promo video was released for lead track "Sugar-Coated".[20]

In 2015 Colour Me Wednesday made a return to the Indietracks festival,[21] joined by new drummer Jaca Freer (also of ¡Ay Carmela!) and live guitarist Laura Ankles (also of ¡Ay Carmela!/Block Fort/Daniel Versus The World). This line-up released its first recordings in 2016 as the Anyone and Everyone EP,[22] available on multiple formats in the UK, US,[23] France[24] and Japan (as part of 2670 Records' Incompatible compilation[25]). The EP was supported by a UK[26] and European tour and a promotional video for lead track "Don't Tell Anyone";[27] the group also played at Madrid Popfest.

In 2017, Colour Me Wednesday band toured with Lemuria.[28] They have also played with Waxahatchee, Laura Stevenson, Kate Nash, Grace Petrie, Doe, LVL UP, the Homosexuals, Thee Faction and Josie Long.[29] Also in 2017 they released a new track online, a version of Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer".[30] Later that year their debut album was reissued in Indonesia.[31]

In 2018, Colour Me Wednesday released second album Counting Pennies in the Afterlife, produced by MJ of Hookworms.[32] Preview single "Sunriser" was released in May with an accompanying video.[33] Additionally, a single of the previously-released "Don't Tell Anyone" and new b-side "Blossom" was released in April on U.S. label American Laundromat.[34]

Colour Me Wednesday have been likened musically to contemporary artists such as Lemuria and Waxahatchee and older indie bands such as the Sundays, the Popguns, the Breeders and Blake Babies, and lyrically to ONSIND[35] as well as earlier political new wave/indie bands such as the Clash,[36] the Jam and the Housemartins.[37]

Guitarist Harriet Doveton is also bassist for The Tuts. Jen Doveton also performs and records as Baby Arms.[38] Laura Ankles also plays in Sugar Rush! [39]

Selected discography[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • What to do in an Emergency EP, CDr, 2009 [self released]
  • Sampler EP, CDr, 2011 [self released]
  • "Shut" b/w "What Happened" 7", Kingfisher Bluez, 2014
  • Anyone and Everyone EP, CDr/7"/Cass/DD, Dovetown/Krod Records/Wiener Records, 2016
  • "Don't Tell Anyone" b/w "Blossom" 7" (Pink & White Marble Vinyl), American Laundromat Records, 2018

Albums[edit]

  • I Thought It Was Morning, LP/CD/DD, Discount Horse/Dovetown, 2013; CD/Cass, 2670 Records/Bitter Melody records, 2014 [extra track]
  • Split [w/Spoonboy], LP/CD/Cass/DD, Lauren Records/Dovetown, 2014
  • Counting Pennies in the Afterlife, 2018

Compilations[edit]

  • Incompatible, CD/DD, 2670 Records, 2016 [combines tracks from 2014 split LP and 2016 EP]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "What Happened" on Nobody’s Business, LP/DD, Candy Twist Records, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.upsetmagazine.com/read/listen-to-colour-me-wednesdays-brilliant-anyone-and-everyone-ep/
  2. ^ a b "Colour Me Wednesday live review/Odd Box Records showcase". 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Colour Me Wednesday - I Thought It Was Morning | Reviews | Killyourstereo.com".
  4. ^ "DIY feminist vegan indie pop punk band fronted by sisters - Meet , Color Me Wednesday - 50thirdand3rd". 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/whats-on/music/sticking-to-their-roots-6010638
  6. ^ "Club Fandango|Independent Music Promotions".
  7. ^ http://www.thegirlsare.com/2010/08/04/read-all-about-it-colour-me-wednesday/
  8. ^ http://afogofideas.blogspot.com/2011/11/colour-me-wednesday.html
  9. ^ http://alayerofchips.blogspot.com/2011/11/colour-me-wednesday.html
  10. ^ "Indietracks interview #10: Colour Me Wednesday".
  11. ^ http://www.50thirdand3rd.com/diy-feminist-vegan-indie-pop-punk-band-fronted-sisters-meet-color-wednesday/
  12. ^ "I Thought It Was Morning, by Colour Me Wednesday".
  13. ^ http://www.thegirlsare.com/2013/07/29/review-colour-me-wednesday-2/
  14. ^ "Colour Me Wednesday 『I Thought It Was Morning(JPN Ltd)』, by 2670records"
  15. ^ "Bitter Melody Records: New things."
  16. ^ "Shut, by Colour Me Wednesday"
  17. ^ "Music Week! Band #5 – Colour Me Wednesday". 13 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Colour Me Wednesday | Album Discography | AllMusic".
  19. ^ "Colour Me Wednesday + Support".
  20. ^ http://exclaim.ca/music/article/colour_me_wednesday-sugar_coated_video
  21. ^ http://www.nottinghampost.com/indietracks-festival-midland-railway-centre/story-27491661-detail/whatson/story.html
  22. ^ https://altdialogue.com/2016/05/08/ep-review-anyone-everyone-by-colour-me-wednesday/
  23. ^ https://colourmewednesday.bandcamp.com/album/anyone-and-everyone
  24. ^ https://krodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/anyone-everyone
  25. ^ https://2670records.bandcamp.com/album/colour-me-wednesday-incompatible
  26. ^ "Colour Me Wednesday to tour the UK around Easter"
  27. ^ http://ohcomely.co.uk/stories/2016/5/4/interview-with-colour-me-wednesday
  28. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/news/mikey-erg-and-colour-me-wednesday-to-support-lemuria-on-uk-tour/
  29. ^ http://www.thegirlsare.com/2012/06/15/review-thee-faction-colour-me-wednesday/
  30. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/news/colour-me-wednesday-share-cover-of-demi-lovatos-queer-for-the-summer/
  31. ^ https://rizkanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rr15-colour-me-wednesday-i-thought-it-was-morning
  32. ^ https://genius.com/albums/Colour-me-wednesday/Counting-pennies-in-the-afterlife
  33. ^ https://www.punknews.org/article/66842/videos-colour-me-wednesday-sunriser
  34. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/news/colour-me-wednesday-stream-teenage-fire-remix-of-blossom/
  35. ^ Smith, Robin. "Colour Me Wednesday - I Thought It Was Morning | Album Review | By Volume"
  36. ^ "Review | Colour Me Wednesday ~ I Thought It Was Morning - GoldFlakePaint". 17 July 2013
  37. ^ Says, Last Year's Girl (24 June 2013). "Review | Colour Me Wednesday"
  38. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/news/baby-arms-colour-me-wednesdays-jen-doveton-releases-new-song-eviscerator/
  39. ^ www.punktastic.com/news/sugar-rush-share-debut-recordings/

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