28 November 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Cameo Colours

Would you care to introduce yourself?

Hi, we are Cameo Colours, an alternative rock band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We have four members – Scott Bruce (Vocals/Guitar), Jack Bruce (no, not that Jack Bruce, this one plays drums), Danen Sloan (Bass) & Daniel Crichton (Guitars).

How would you describe the music you make?

I would say that our music is well written pop songs disguised as alternative rock. We don’t really mess about, the majority of our songs are 3 minutes or less of infectious melodies and riffs. Scott focuses a lot on his lyrics as well. The lyrics are generally about political issues or about personal experience.

How did you start out making music?

This could be a long answer; I’ll try and give the shortened version so as not to bore people! THE CAMEO COLOURS STORY! A long time ago in a far away place called Aberdeen two boys named Scott and Daniel started playing guitar and writing music together. A few years later Scott’s brother Jack got a drum kit and started jamming with Scott and Daniel. Ever since then the 3 of them have been playing in bands together. Fast forward a few more years and Scott and Daniel are living in Edinburgh, they meet a Canadian called Danen and they start writing a new style of music. They call it Cameo Colours. So, that’s the jist of it really. There’s lots of stuff that happened in-between like drug addictions and near death experiences but that’s not worth getting in to.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

Usually Scott brings in a song that he’s been working on and Danen and myself (Daniel) will work on it with him adding in our own contributions. Then we’ll all work on the song structurally and harmonically. It doesn’t take us too long to write a song. Unfortunately, we all live in Edinburgh and Jack lives in Aberdeen so we don’t really get a chance to practice or write as a four piece. Scott goes back and forth from Edinburgh and Aberdeen though and does songwriting sessions with Jack as well as with Danen and me.

What can people expect from your live shows?

A lot of energy. I know that’s an incredibly dull and clich├ęd answer to give, but it’s true. Like I said, because Jack lives in Aberdeen we don’t really get much band practices. So when we go to play a show we often haven’t played as a full band in weeks and all the excitement that comes with playing in a band just comes out in a short sharp burst of rough and ready music. I really look forward to playing gigs, it’s one of the only times that we get to play as a full band! You can also expect a bit of improvisation when we play live. Not in the jazz sense of the word, but just occasionally lengthening songs or improvising an interlude in-between songs.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

I had a big collection of CD’s that were sitting in my parent’s house in Aberdeen that I never bothered to take to Edinburgh with me, but I decided recently to move them to my flat in Edinburgh. So I’m currently falling back in love with a bunch of albums that I loved when I was a teenager – Fugazi 13 Songs, Television Marquee Moon, Weezer Pinkerton, Teenage Fanclub Grand Prix are some of my favourites at the moment. I can’t really speak for the rest of the band because I’ve had to do these questions in a bit of a rush (need to get to work!) and I haven’t had a chance to ask them. But we all really love bands like Incubus, Nirvana, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, Reuben, Jeff Buckley, Biffy Clyro, Dinosaur Jr, etc. Also, there’s a band from Edinburgh called Miasma who released an album called Feathered Feet this year. We’re all really into that album. It’s definitely worth checking out.

What can we expect to see/her from you in the future?

We just released our self-titled debut EP for free download on our Soundcloud and Bandcamp. We’ve done acoustic recordings of some of the songs off the EP and we recorded the audio from one of our live shows as well, so in the next few months we’ll probably be releasing acoustic and live versions of the EP. Apart from that we’re just continuing to write music and play gigs. We have a gig in Edinburgh on the 2nd December at the HMV Picturehouse playing at a charity event and we also have a gig in Aberdeen in the new year supporting Tubelord at Cafe Drummond on the 23rd January.


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