With a capacity to lure in the unsuspecting punter with a graceful initiation, to then leave them yielding, seeing colours, with a pumping heart and a dropped jaw, is the Adelaide-based trio Colour Machine and their explosive hybrid of alt-rock.
It was only July when Colour Machine dropped two new singles, ‘Maverick’ and ‘21st Century’. Having the last laugh before the release of their third EP ‘Stregthen My Hands’ (to be released October 19), Colour Machine are releasing the engrossing opening track ‘Laughing Last’ (out September 14) [listen here | download here | download via AirIt] that shows their sheer musical aptitude and expertise which they have developed since their debut EP released in 2015.
Envision vivid riffs, exotic drum-fills and then, to top it all off, wailing lead vocals from none other than the drummer himself, Anthony Donato. The vocals alone are impressive enough as Donato rocks a range that is reminiscent of Cederic Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In), but then, once acknowledging the fact that he is playing these highly technical drum patterns at the same time as belting out a chorus is enough to leave anyone dumbfounded.
The wonder doesn’t end there though, Colour Machine’s guitarist, Tom Burton, and previous bassist, Lewis Trainor – since replaced by Luke Anderson – embellish the power of Donato’s voice with provoking harmonies as they bleed out a tight-knit performance on their weapons of choice. As the layers build, all of their energy evolves and Colour Machine push the barrier further as they make their way through the dynamic track.
‘Laughing Last’ is patently an adrenaline rushing track, however, Donato explores and propagates with his celestial tone his constant struggle to do right – to do right for the right reasons, not just for implicit gains. This is exemplified in the epic opening line that has Donato asking, “What’s the good of kindness if my head is up my arse?”.
Furthermore, in the clasping chorus, there are the backing vocals of Burton and Anderson singing “Hold my head up high”, as Donato contrasts with lines such as, “Knocking on heavens door, asking for a handout”. It boils down to the fact that there is no honour in doing good when you’re expecting something in return.
With such introspective and thought-provoking lyrics caked over a pulse-pounding number, Colour Machine cement a clear runway towards the release of their EP.