Witnessing The Color Blew perform live this past Saturday night was an absolute delight. Featuring in their ranks seasoned veterans of the South African music scene; the inimitable Liaan Horton on vocals and rhythm guitar, low end lord Marius Cronje on bass, the superb Timothy James on lead guitar and percussive master Armando Santos on drums these stellar musicians conjured forth a sumptuous and scintillating sonic brew that glistened with splendor.
Its almost impossible to pigeonhole the music The Color Blew create, for it is such a dynamic confluence of sound that is simultaneously funky and forceful. This past Saturday evening’s performance was a case in point. This may be purely subjective conjecture on my part yet I picked up shades of such seminal acts like Candlebox, Girls Against Boys, Nirvana, Days Of The New, Jane’s Addiction and Muse in the impassioned and energetic Alternative Rock that these figurehead’s of Southern African borne music ply with such unabashed kinetic energy. Of course even with the aforementioned comparisons in tow, The Color Blew are a unique entity with an identity all their own and definitive South African flare witnessed in songs such as ‘Dance, Dance, Dance,’ and ‘African Sky’.
This fabulous foursome charged ahead with verve and vigor from the moment the performance began until its end. On many an occasion shuffling rhythms and delicate melodies gave way to brash and chest beating riff driven magic replete with soaring vocals as witnessed on such songs as, but not limited to ‘Incandescent’, ‘The Man’ and ‘These Things’.
With their majestic cover of ‘Under Pressure’ alongside their superb original creations this past Saturday evenings performance was an exercise in superb musicianship and quality songcraft.
Thank you to Howler, Sowaar apparel, Ware Jakob recording studios, The Weekly Wire, Devographic Music Media, PR events & Artist Management and of course The Color Blew themselves for what amounted to a performance that was an absolute treat to have experienced.