Lifecolour - Time To Be Free

Published Thursday 10th March 2011
Lifecolour - Time To Be Free
Lifecolour - Time To Be Free

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105691-17598
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £3.99

Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

Lifecolour consists of four young lads from Stoke-on-Trent who have been playing together since 2007. This is their second EP, the first three-track EP having been released back in 2009. Their name is based on a paraphrase of Jesus' words in John 10 v10, "Live a life of blazing colour," and they state that "we want to have fun and show people that even though we are young we are serious about our life with God and the gifts he has given us." From the evidence here and of clips on YouTube they can certainly play well together as well as have fun, and as a result of their regular gigging they have a very coherent sound. The songs here have an up-beat feel led by an opening guitar riff on each track, giving energy and impetus right from the start of the opening "Hello Good Morning". The guitars make creative use of delay and distortion to create both soft and raucous textures. The title track has a catchy vocal hook and an effective breakdown which adds effective contrast to the main thrust of the song. The only musical issues are really to do with the mix - the guitars swamp the vocals way too much, especially on "Tick Tock Avenue", rather than the vocal riding on top. The sound also seems thinner than that of the first EP (although I've only heard those songs online) and as the main parts of the songs kicked off I often found myself sonically wanting something more. With more studio time and a top producer these guys could produce something really special.

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