Colour Me Wednesday | I Thought It Was Morning
by Matt Yau
When Paul Simonon wrote ‘The Guns Of Brixton’, it became one of the strongest messages of social, economical and political discontent. And when Brixton imploded into a riot, his prophecy became a reality. Admittedly, we’ve moved a fair distance away from the social inequality of the 80s but there are still thorns that need blunting. With masses swarming the streets in protest or riot, barely a mutter is made in pop culture. Paul would like a word or two.
So when I first heard ‘Purge Your Inner Tory’ by Colour Me Wednesday last year, every fibre of my body was enthused by the rapid energy and anti-tory themes. The rough honesty isn’t hidden beneath intangible lyrics, while the DIY ethos means there’s no mediation between you and the band as Jennifer declares: “The only thing wrong with human nature is we listen to people like you.” But it’s not utter anarchy. It’s actually rather amusing – like watching one of your mates unleash a volley of verbal fists upon an insidious imp. You find yourself smiling at the line “Tory boy money controls everything but you’ll never have any real friends” and then proceed to jump around in glee thinking ”fuck yeah!”
It’s not just about the rebellious vitality. Album opener ‘Shut’ illustrates the kind of introspective philosophising many will empathise with: “It’s like I failed my teens/Now I’m failing my twenties”. And the chorus carries a weight that will have many saluting Jennifer’s stoic words: “I don’t know why/I keep my mouth shut/Most of the time/When I burn inside.” Yet beneath these tracks is a leaping indie pop-punk anthem that stops any of the themes from becoming depressing. If anything you’re empowered, or at least less wary of the world knowing that bands like Colour Me Wednesday exist.
Despite the reggae-flecked ‘Carefree’ and C86-doused title track, this is an album that doesn’t attempt to conjure diversity. It’s all about the jovial vibes mixed with relatable lyrics that will have you questioning everything again like you did when you were a curious adolescent. Or at the very least, you agreeably nod to the fervent dynamism and pure intentions.
You might even call it noble but that’s not really the point. Despite the four-piece thinking that they can “change the world one person at a time” this album is about loosening society’s tight grip on you. To many, ‘(I’m Not Coming To Your) BBQ’ might sound like a petty herbivorous rant but it illustrates how distaste appears to fester in every corner.
“Don’t you realise how much power you have?
Supermarket shelves are stacked in your favour.
Yet, you’re still pissed off.
It must be hard to be you.
It must be hard to be you.”
The subtle humour is a common motif throughout the album. The opening lines of ‘Cat Hair’ are particular endearing: “Notice myself getting ruder and ruder/Planning responses in my head to/Bastards I know I’ll meet on the street.” Yet beneath all the heroic themes and liberal messages, there’s a buoyant pop-punk sound with a C86 glow that’ll have you kicking your heels and ready to take on the world.
Don’t get me wrong; I am to no extent saying that CMW are as good as The Clash and it annoyed me when the term ‘punk’ was used in the same paragraph as Blink 182 or Sum 41 just because they were little brackish. I won’t make that mistake with CMW, they are not a traditional punk band but their DIY ethos and two-fingered salute to the “sea of dickheads” is the best sonic retort to all the travesties to occur beneath our feet. Their thematic lyrics and infectious pop-punk sounds will goad into a carefree frolic with witty lines ready for the next corrupt soul to cross your life.
‘I Thought It Was Morning’ is released on 29 July via Discount Horse Records.
Pre-order via Bandcamp here.