2011 has been a fantastic year for us with some great ups and few downs. From releasing our first LP with the help of great friend Jason Terrell to touring the east coast, we’ve played some great shows and have been fortunate to share some great memories…
Although we lost a close friend and fellow member Joel Chasco whom we lived with for some fun filled years, we wish him the best! Joel – keep making those awesome Side Cars and B&G! and Go Bulls!
After months of searching for a bassist, we had a coincidental encounter with someone at one of our last performances of the year.
After some rigorous practicing and playing, we are proud to announce our new friend and amazing bassist Andrew Manktelow has officially joined the ranks. He hails from North Bay, Ontario Canada and can speak a little French – that is, when he’s a had a drink or two. Looking forward to writing the next chapter with you man!
This year we’ve worked with some incredible people that have truly touched us and allowed us to succeed:
including great friend / photographer Wallo Villacorta – whose photo you see above. Wallo has done so much for us, taking snapshots, designing posters, prints, graphics, web development, throwing sweet house parties, etc. We can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done and can’t wait for our next photo adventure! For now – check out the amazing Public Works, which Wallo has helped curate.
including design gurus Nate & Landry – aka you’re doing it wrong , & Michael K – who have worked so hard in giving “Color Radio” a sweet facelift in design / website development. Check out their work!
including Zack Anderson, who designed some of our best show posters to date. Check out his portfolio here.
including Kimberly Manning (staff writer for Pop ‘stache), Erica Quinn, and Carolyn Witaske for helping us spread the word about the band throughout the year!
including Shaun Barrett / 4 Ohm for truly confiding in our capabilities, giving us the tools that we needed to succeed , and for encouraging us to push our boundaries creatively. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
including Jason Terrell, a great friend and partner in crime. He has made a lot of what we’ve accomplished this year possible – like when our van died in Dixon, IL and Jason rented a van for us to finish out the tour. Thanks for sticking with us and believing in what we do. We’re looking forward to all the madness in 2012!
We’d also like to thank all the local bloggers, promoters, and venues including Jaime Black from Chicago Verse United, Rebecca and her crew at Betta Promotions who have done SO MUCH to revamp the local scene, Deli Magazine, Loud Loop Press, Empty Bottle, The Whistler, House Call Entertainment, Schubas, and many more for helping us and fellow local bands get the word out and for providing an avenue for our music to be heard!
Something we don’t often get to do enough is thank all the fellow local bands whom we’ve graced the stage with and had some good times with through out the years….
Our practice space friends Deserters, Champaign/Chicago friends Santah, local psychedelic friends Secret Colours, Dastardly – whom we’ve had some crazy house parties with, Loyal Divide – good times on tour, Northpilot & Minor Characters – had fun @ Schubas, Brontosaurus, California Wives, Flights AV, & many more…
Lastly, we’d like to thank all our friends, family, and fans who have made it to our shows this year, bought/listened to our music & merch, supported our cause, and make us love what we do even more.
We have tons in store for 2012 i.e. loads more touring (west/east coasts), SXSW, new recordings, summer festivals, and more wild and crazy fun!
Cheers to you and here’s to a happy, healthy, & prosperous new year for all!
Jonathan, Tohm, Matt, & Andrew
photo by Dave Vettraino
We are pleased to announce our 2012 Holiday Show with fellow local band Northpilot at one of our favorite places to play – Schubas Tavern. To thank you for your continuing support this year, we’d like to offer the following sweet incentives:
EVERYONE WHO BUYS TICKETS IN ADVANCE WILL RECEIVE…
a gift basket from the bands at the door including music, merch and more!!
FIRST 25 people who buy tickets in advance get a limited edition hand screen printed show poster deigned by the awesome Zack Anderson!
****EVERYONE who preorders will get a chance to win 2 pairs of tickets to The Walkmen 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Metro in January – part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2012!!!
The winners will be announced the night of the show in a random drawing from the preorder list.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Facebook Event link here.
Quiet House has been premiered by Cluster1/Consequence of sound. Check it out here.
We are pleased to be sharing the stage with awesome bands Dignan (TX) and The Soil & The Sun (MI) at Schubas on Monday October 24th, and Dave Stach from Chicago local band Secret Colours will be guest appearing on bass, along with another possible guest to be announced. For now, check out the sweet poster by Zack Anderson.
Architects is now streaming at AOL SPINNER HERE!
Illinois Entertainer’s glowing review by Steve Forstneger. Read it here!
Awesome Blog Sirens of Decay features Color Radio interview. Check it out here.
Promoting the three Rs so essential to growing young bodies—Ride, Rain Parade, and Radiohead, with not a little Sipo in the mix—Color Radio has crafted an echoing, billowing, progressively panoramic disc in Architects, a CD that pulses and rings with heavenly halls, byways, and vistas. The sound and atmospheres are simultaneously dense while filled with fuzzy light and eddying fogs swirling and bulking. Though there are 12 cuts here, the entire cycle is a set of variations on riffs, rhythms, and visions constantly refined, requoted, and restated (progheads know this formula well, as in such instances as Nektar’s Remember the Future).
The vocals don’t always quite achieve the tone and timbre created instrumentally, but that’s an odd new element in modern rock that has supplanted earlier standards, a purposeful inclusion of inapt atonality as furtherance of same. Nonetheless, as Over My Head starts bringing everything to an end in a cathartic release, one sees where loose ends, trailing rhythms, and repeating modalities combine for an ascension that summates and climaxes earlier directions and images in a cohesive pinnacle. Thus, “Future Product” provides the perfect denouement, a slow, lazy, ambling aftermath that brings everything back down to Earth.
Color Radio has a lot in common with Nerves Junior (here) and Chocolate Horses (here), though each group takes an entirely different path in crafting wares heedless of the tin ear of the masses. All three represent the kind of brainiac musicsmithing that foretells good things for the future—damn near, if not in fact, creating a new wrinkle in the progressive wont. All three discs were forwarded by Jeffrey Smith of Crash Avenue, who’s proving to possess an extremely sophisticated ear. Too bad he and Howard Wuelfing don’t run a radio station. Between the two, they could revive what once was, in the 60s and 70s, the way tastes were made: via the consummate discernments of disc-spinning aesthetes.
They also represent an important evolution in the industry itself: people who know their musics dead cold rather than by the old throw-it-against-a-wall-see-if-it-sticks method that produced such a mountain of crap in bygone days. The era of the fat, sweating, condescending, cigar-smoking, miserable business fuck deciding what’s good and what isn’t is over; the New Turks are in town and there’s a-gonna be a new day in Dodge City, y’all. Now, if we can only get over the horrors wrought by Bush & Co., los business shites supremo, maybe we can cadge a glimpse of utopia…starting, of course, with the arts. And Architects ain’t a bad way to get a glimpse over the hilltop.← Older posts
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