October 16, 2013
Straight from the pages of RAGGED, we’re thrilled to give you an exclusive excerpt from our interview with The Colourist. Catch them on tour NOW with fellow RAGGED alums, The Naked And Famous, and be sure to grab the full issue download (for free!) for the rest of the article and more photos with the band.
Among the beautiful beaches, tennis courts and yacht club on an island in Newport Bay called Lido Isle, there’s an eerie, rundown building that’s home to the rehearsal space of Adam Castilla, Kollin Johannsen, Maya Tuttle and Justin Wagner, known collectively as The Colourist. In such a bizarre and isolated setting, you’d expect this Costa Mesa, California, four- piece to make music reminiscent of the score in The Shining. But it’s exactly the opposite. In this place, above a Phil Collins– themed sushi joint and a therapist’s office, the indie-pop outfit churns out bright and majestic tunes that pour over you like the Southern California sun.
“I was looking at the camera, looking at my friend who was shooting like, ‘OK, we have it? OK, cool,’” she says, laughing at the misinterpretation.
Blending Castilla and Tuttle’s vocals with explosive rhythm sections filled out by Johannsen and Wagner, The Colourist turns up the warmth and injects the heat. Their first single, the caffeinated and ebullient “Little Games,” earned the rockers opening spots for Metric, Atlas Genius and (RAGGED alumni) Fitz and The Tantrums. Since then, they’ve performed for increasingly bigger audiences, including early risers during a morning slot at this year’s Coachella. Come August, the group will drop their first EP, fittingly titled Lido, with plans to release their debut album early next year. True to their sun-shiny sound, Lido boasts four tracks with a certain vivaciousness that epitomizes those electrifying summer nights when all apprehensions dissipate into a dizzying oblivion.
During a break from their busy tour schedule, RAGGED spoke with The Colourist about the band’s beginnings, the added vowel in their name and, naturally, ghost-hunting.
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