Colour Revolt - Plunder, Beg, and Curse
Record Label: Fat Possum Records
Release Date: April 1, 2008
There are far too many bands in existence that try their damnedest to be different. Most bands just end up as carbon copies of wannabe corporate bands that deserve every bit of flack sent in their direction. And then there’s the select handful of bands that don’t have to try to be different. It simply comes naturally to them, as if piecing together another replica isn’t in the scope of their musical vocabularies. Through the desperation and the fog emerge Colour Revolt, taking on a task that would seem impossible to anyone else at this stage in music. And yet, here they shine.
Plunder, Beg, and Curse kicks off with back-to-back groove laden rock songs, fully equipped with that signature southern twang we’ve become accustomed to. And then, suddenly, a change of pace. You may be left asking yourself, ‘Has this album peaked already?’ Well, that depends. If you’re expecting nine different versions of "Naked and Red," then you shouldn’t be listening to this album in the first place. For a band as unique and intriguing as Colour Revolt, we should expect the unexpected. Especially when a song like "Elegant View" comes creeping along at such an eerie rate, climaxing with a guitar riff that sounds as if it’s being picked through a broken amplifier.
What follows is a series of eclectic, guitar-driven tunes, each one as powerful as the next, none of which hold anything back. From throat-shredding, rhythmic yells to shaky (but equally gentle) falsettos, this album covers all the bases. Guitars flutter, they twang, they strip down, but most importantly, they make a lot of noise. The groove in the middle of "What Will Come of Us" reminds us what rock n’ roll sounds like. "See It" escalates perfectly to an instrumental display of raw intensity and emotion. "Innocent and All" emerges as a hidden gem on the record, riddled with ambiance and poetry: “We were making sounds, primitive and all.” Yes, they’re making sounds, but in no way are they striking any perceived notion of primitivism; so much more is being accomplished here.
Every element of this album is a force to be reckoned with. It seems as if Isaac Brock and Chris Martin had a child and sent him to Bible camp with a bullet and a bottle of vodka. If you’re in need of a kick to the throat, then buy this record. If you’re looking for something equally raw as it is moving, then buy this record. If you’re bored with music in general as of late, then listen up: Colour Revolt are giving you ten reasons to get excited about music again.