3 COLOURS RED
1. REPEAT TO FADE
Its been a little over two years since they split and everyone thought was the end of 3 Colours Red, so what a pleasant surprise it was to discover that theyve reformed and created this cracking single - released on Mighty Atom Records.
The lead track "Repeat To Fade" contains one hell of an outstanding riff which immediately bursts out the speakers completely covering you with its pestilence. Its an incredibly catchy song, which remains heavy but also has oodles of melody as well as a great chorus. It picks up with a little distance from where they left off but shows a further development in creating memorable songs and is excellent for a single with a genuine hook that should please fans old and new.
Additional tracks are "Shopping Trolley Children" which is a strong and powerful song featuring a very unusual 'squashed' riff technique (that sounds like severe abuse of the tremolo arm but is most likely electrically adjusted). Harmonics flourish throughout and theres a classic melodic vocal bridge section that adds depth but doesnt divert from the main thrust of the song. "Vitriol" is the final track that comes across as sounding like a perverse mix of early Pink Floyd, Shed Seven, Supergrass and the Beatles and is very different in style to the other songs. Stamped with electric psychedelic overtones, its a mid paced meander through almost indie territory.
This CD is well produced - Chris Sheldon has done a fine job - resulting in a good strong, clean sound. It signals a big welcome back to the McCormack/Vuckovic writing combination and shows a great intent to be loud and heavy. A strong single with good supporting tracks, that has put down very clear markers for the sound on their next album and promises things that will be too good to miss.
Rigsby (20th May, 2003)