“Guilty For The First Time” is the latest in a song cycle The ColourSound has been unleashing on the public since 2004. Fans of the band—be they from the fashion world of New York City (where they have maintained an ardent following mostly due to lead guitarist Sean Hieter’s work with fashion designer Robert Graham), their hometown Lehigh Valley/Pocono Mountain locals of Pennsylvania, or the hundreds who have thrilled to their onstage sound in Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and other great American cities—have already hailed this sophisticated slice of adult pop as the most delicious confection
yet from these post-alternative Britpop-leaning melody makers.
And to think it all started in the college town of Scranton, PA. Hieter met singer/songwriter Doug Batt while overlooking a water hole from a rocky cliff 40 feet up. It was there they formed Velvet Elvis, a band that rocked the bar scene and house parties in the northeastern part of the state.
Graduation ended the band, but not the friendship. Sean and Doug soon reunited in Motherwell. Part of a dynamic local music scene in the late 1990s, Motherwell provided the perfect soundtrack for uncertain post-college life in the gritty, economically struggling Allentown area. The band packed crowds into beer-soaked bars, produced three albums, won several local awards and generated industry interest before calling it quits in 2003.
As Sean and Doug’s music continued to evolve, they chose the ColourSound direction by enlisting bassist Leni and drummer Pat Wilson. All four members wrote. This created diversity with layers of melodic groovy rhythms. National attention wasn’t far off when AMC chose “Good for Life” as a commercial that ran during the summer of 2006. This triggered interest internationally and BBC television used “The Doctor’s In” for The Hustle.
The six songs on Reclaim by The ColourSound in 2009 bespoke a soiled dignity, one that could only be attained after 18 months of painstaking work to produce what was, in essence, the band’s career-defining statement: an economical six tracks in 24:49, perfect pop constructions that veered off unexpectedly into tight peripheral breakdowns before careening back to each memorable melody. The band knew it was special. So did everybody who heard it. As the raves mounted from national print
magazines such as Hit Parader, Goldmine, Metal Edge (!) as well as regional alternative newspapers and websites, the band honed its chops to the nth degree. The ColourSound now stands poised on the edge of that rocky cliff again, this time ready to plunge into even deeper waters.