10 for 2012: #1 – Films of Colour

By on Monday, 12th December 2011 at 11:00 am

In the last couple weeks, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2012. We can now reveal the winning London band, who already have caught the eye of a legendary producer…if you haven’t heard of them, you will soon. And without further adieu…we congratulate Films of Colour taking the top honours this year.

It takes a lot of balls to do a cover of a David Bowie song. Bowie’s fans are a devoted, proud bunch and understandably wary of anyone coming near their genius’s music. So when the man behind Bowie’s dials, Tony Visconti (who’s worked not only with Bowie but also Marc Bolan/T. Rex and Morrissey), decides to endorse your version of ‘Slow Burn’ (from Bowie’s 2002 album ‘Heathen’), it’s time to pat yourself on the back. So who is this mysterious band? I’m not going to paraphrase what Visconti had to say about them, read it all here:

When I was given a batch of demos to consider working with Films of Colour I was struck with how many catchy songs they had written. I was also impressed with the quality of their demos; that they were clever, creative lads was very apparent. But one song stuck out, sounding so familiar yet I didn’t really recognise it until the second chorus. I knew the song because I produced it with David Bowie on his 2001 album ‘Heathen’. But Films of Colour had altered it so much they had clearly made it their own. I think Bowie is one of the most difficult artists to cover, since his versions of his own compositions seem to be the definitive versions. After I heard Films of Colour’s version I was completely won over.

High praise indeed. As if that weren’t enough, Films of Colour have also caught the discerning eye (and ears) of the American South by Southwest music team. Their feature Operation Every Band profiled the group on their ones to definitely catch at the 2012 edition of their yearly event in March, describing them as follows: “They don’t shy away from a big song, liberally employing elements of UK brethren Muse and Coldplay with a little more an electronic pop slant. There’s nothing too experimental musically here, but just for a band to release such dense and elaborate pop songs so early in their career shows a ton of potential.”

Though they’ve been around since 2008, Films of Colour were only signed last year to Fierce Panda, whom I’m sure you’ve heard of, as they are also the home of the Crookes and Goldheart Assembly. Head man Simon Williams has stated they are the best band he’s signed since Radiohead and Coldplay. Besides having starred on Lammo’s New Favourite Band feature on 6music in late September, they’ve received major radio support from XFM, Absolute Radio and Amazing Radio. All signs point to 2012 being Films of Colour’s year. Congratulations, chaps!


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