Voici la deuxième étape de notre tour d’Europe ! Après les allemands The Deadnotes, voici un groupe anglais 100 % féminin. L’interview se déroule bien évidemment dans la langue de Shakespeare, Let’s go !!!
What’s your name and where does it come from?
We’re called Colour Me Wednesday. The true meaning of the name is only divulged to very select people.
Jen sings in the band and plays melodica on some songs, she’s from Uxbridge, West London along with her sister Harriet, lead guitarist and co-vocalist. Carmela the bassist comes from Dorset, on the south coast and recently moved back there after a couple of years in Uxbridge. Jaca the drummer is originally from Bolton in the North of England, near Manchester. They met the rest of the band when they moved to South London. Now they live in Brighton on the south coast. Laura the second guitarist was born in Haverhill near Cambridge but moved to Uxbridge, where the band is based, a few years ago.
How would you define your musical style and what are your influences?
We play indie punk-type music that is unashamedly poppy – we don’t shy away from catchy melodies or hooks. Everyone has their own influences; Harriet and Jen grew up listening to lots of 90s alternative stuff like Juliana Hatfield, The Lemonheads and REM which probably comes out in our music. These days we all are influenced by lots of different bands which probably shows best in our van mix CDs – Lemuria, Beyonce, Woahnows, Craig David and everything in between!
Why did you decide to sing in English?
Jen only knows English, Carmela could probably convincingly sing in Italian as she’s fluent but she’s not the singer!
[Comme quoi le choix de la langue ne se pose pas pour les anglais…]
How many tracks/album have you released so far?
We’ve released an album called « I Thought it was Morning », a split album with Spoonboy and this year’s four track EP « Anyone and Everyone » out on KROD records, France. We also had a sampler EP out before our album and this year our tracks from the split album and the four tracks from the Anyone and Everyone EP make up a second album for sale only in Japan.
Do you have any good deed to ask to our readers?
We’d love you to go to the KROD website and order our new EP, it’s a beautiful white 7” record, you can also pick up other merchandise such as t-shirts and our labelmates’ great records there on the site or on bandcamp.
Are there differences between countries? (Is it more or less simple to find dates? Where is the most receptive audience? Are the artists more or less helped?)
We loved playing in mainland Europe because everyone is so hospitable, giving us places to stay, cooking us food and giving us free drinks. This is especially true for Germany where everyone laughed at Jen’s jokes and there was an abundance of free Club Mate drinks.
How do you proceed to book shows?
People usually contact us to offer us shows, if not then there’s always a great network in online DIY punk spaces that’ll give you a name or an email address. The tour we just did in Europe wouldn’t have been possible without Jordan from KROD who booked most of the dates alongside an agency. Despite the fact that mainland Europe goes on holiday, out of the city en masse in August we still did well and people seemed to know who we were!
Where do you buy your musical materials? Are you satisfied by the products?
Harriet has a deal with Orange amps, which means she gets a discount. We do like the sound of our little orange amp that we actually got on Ebay. We have started buying our own microphones to bring to gigs to guarantee good sound and less risk of germs, so if any microphone manufacturers wanna sponsor us get in touch! Haha! Most of the stuff we have we got second hand, including our recording equipment.
Can you tell us more about your moments of joys and challenges throughout your career?
We feel very grateful that we’ve found a global DIY punk scene that has good all-round politics, there’s a lot to work on, but there is a community there for playing gigs, making friends and sharing music. We weren’t sure whether we’d find that when we started out. We were playing horrible London gigs for promotions companies who wouldn’t pay and didn’t even promote the gigs. The only punk gigs we knew about were very macho and had a narrow definition of punk which we didn’t fit into because we weren’t all male and we didn’t try to emulate the style or machismo of an all-male band, we felt a bit inadequate. But what seems to have happened, probably thanks to the internet, is a huge network of DIY punks with good politics has emerged: feminist, queer, anti-racist, vegan etc. Which we fit in with very nicely. Of course we know that white men still have the largest share of opportunities within punk and indie music, even in these kind of spaces this is still a problem but it’s one we feel we can keep on fighting together.
Ainsi s’achève cette interview, mais notre « tour d’Europe » continue et vous découvrirez très prochainement un autre groupe étranger… et ce, grâce à ma collaboratrice Valentine KLIPFEL de What Happened To Your Band ?
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