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Live Gig Video: I Dream in Colour’s Richard Judge performs a cover of Oasis’ ‘(It’s Good) to Be Free’

 
By on Friday, 10th February 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Richard Judge, the frontman of I Dream in Colour and a previous celebrity guest reviewer for us here at TGTF, have revealed this solo cover of a lesser known track by Manchester Britpop masters Oasis. ‘(It’s Good) to Be Free appeared as one of three B-sides to the 1994 single ‘Whatever’. Watch the performance below that’s sure to raise some hairs on the back of your neck in awe.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6mXSpzEqOc[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: I Dream in Colour perform alternate version of ‘Strangest Place’ for City Sessions

 
By on Tuesday, 6th December 2011 at 4:00 pm
 

I Dream in Colour‘s latest single (released yesterday actually) is called ‘Strangest Place’, and the Essex band recently played the song for City Sessions. It certainly sounds different (check out the xylophone?); listen to the original either below as part of the official promo video or read John’s interview with frontman Richard Judge here. If live coverage is what you’re after, read my review of the band’s triumphant turn at the Bull and Gate in mid-November when I was over in London for hols here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs4cxrIdTU8[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUO2gZRgmdU[/youtube]

 

Live Review: I Dream in Colour with Heroics and Anchor and the Wolf at Kentish Town Bull and Gate – 18th November 2011

 
By on Monday, 21st November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

My first gig in Kentish Town, at a Club Fandango night at the Bull and Gate, allowed me to make a comparison between a small DC venue like DC9 to this similar one in North London. I can say for certain that the sound system at the Bull and Gate is incredible and blows our venues out of the water, even the ones that are twice its size (sorry, Washington) and aesthetically, the lighting options are a lot better as well. But enough with the pedantic, jaundiced eye: you’re here to read about the I Dream in Colour gig you couldn’t get into, because it was sold out, right? I have come to your aid, even if I was running on 3 hours of sleep and I nearly walked into a wall down a corridor towards the Northern line (why didn’t anyone warn me that changing from the Central to Northern line required heading down a corridor that has a slanted floor? Not good for someone still woozy from motion sickness medication, but I digress…)

The openers’ band names are a good study on how to (or not to) come up with a proper name for a band. Heroics were up first; their name conjures up good deeds of Biblical proportions like David taking down Goliath. Or maybe something closer to home, like the art of sport and competition with respect to next summer’s Olympics. In the right light, the lead singer ** looks like Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club, and this band plays likable indie rock. I’m guessing the folks milling about in the bar directly outside the performance room would have really liked them, if they gave this band half a chance. What was heard was pretty good for a band I’d never heard of; with their energy, they sound like they could be a commercial hit, if promoted properly. They have an EP out on the 8th of December, so keep an eye on these guys.

Portsmouth’s Anchor and the Wolf, on the other hand, has a name that makes you wonder if they consulted a clairvoyant when pressed for a name. Are we supposed to believe that the backing band is the anchor, and the singer out front is the wolf? Or vice versa? And what is a predatory wild animal doing with something that belongs deep in the ocean, anyway? Zoe Mead sings like she’s trying to be Adele, which seems strange given the context: she plays acoustic guitar and xylophone and wears denim shorts Adele would never be caught in. But there’s also an element of Alessi Laurent-Marke (Alessi’s Ark), if she’d gone more rock. The xylophone of course is prominently placed front and centre, but sadly it’s more of a gimmick than anything else, not adding anything of value to their performance. “Only love can set you free”? Can we say ‘cliché’?

Of course everyone has come out to the Bull and Gate for tonight’s headliners. This is the closest to a hometown gig for these boys from Essex, and there are plenty of loud and proud family and friends in the audience. What is interesting (or disappointing, depending on your musical taste) is the band’s progression to a more commercial sound. ‘Get Along’ (video at the bottom of the main part of this post), one of the band’s earliest songs, has a bit of country twang with indie rock. But newer track (and freebie as a former MP3 of the Day here) ‘Long Cold Lonely Winter’ has the band, at least according to a punter that wished to remain anonymous, “sounding more like Coldplay”. What drew me first to the band was the power chords and heavy guitars (say hello to guitarist Michael Thackeray’s pedal board, which is probably as wide as I am tall) and while I like piano in rock music surely and am not against it, if I Dream in Colour is going this direction, they’re heading into what is already a very crowded market, going against behemoths Keane and Chris Martin and co. (My guess is that if Tom Chaplin makes good on his wish to work with Kanye on the next Keane album and continue the way of last year’s ‘Night Train’ (EP review here), IDIC will fill in their vacated spot easily.) But I will say that Richard Judge’s songwriting, indicated by hearing bits and bobs of demos he’s worked on with just his voice and the keys, will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

We’re here tonight for the single launch party for ‘Strangest Place’, another piano-led track. Still, it is clear that their fans, widely ranging in age from uni kids to people in their 40s and 50s and refreshingly, an even mix of males and females (usually a rarity at male-heavy rock gigs and female-heavy pop gigs), like the way this band is headed and already know every word to every song. For a band who hasn’t even put out a proper album yet, this is very promising, watching everyone clap their hands with frontman Judge’s encouragement. At the end, women vie for half-drunk water bottles, which generally only happen to pinup bands, right? The vibe was so electric that if this band wants mainstream success, it should come. Soon.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuQiqGHsXW8[/youtube]

After the cut: more photos and set list.
Continue reading Live Review: I Dream in Colour with Heroics and Anchor and the Wolf at Kentish Town Bull and Gate – 18th November 2011

 

Interview: Richard Judge of I Dream in Colour

 
By on Thursday, 10th November 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

“I was just about to go to bed and then my twitter went crazy! It was mad!” These were Richard Judge’s words on when his band I Dream in Colour’s music was featured on ‘Made in Chelsea’. Now TV time is usually a sought after commodity for bands. But Richard takes it all in stride. Was he impressed with the coverage though? “I was more baffled just by the weirdness of the program! It sounds like a pretty weird show.”

I Dream in Colour have had a year to remember this fateful moment and are finishing it off with a stint in the studio. “We ended up taking a little bit of time out just to do some new stuff, we just sat down wrote a load of new songs and now it seems like well our sound has changed. We’ve never been so excited about stuff that we have been doing, which is an amazing feeling, because it’s been a couple of years and we have done a couple of EPs.”

The anticipation in Judge’s voice is obvious; when speaking to him it’s obvious that he really believes what the band are doing at the moment is going to wow people.

While they hammer the rehearsal rooms, the positivity within the band is at an all time high. But with Richard working with his brother on a day to day basis the question will always be whether they Gallagher or Reid brothers? “We used to be more Gallagher and Mitchell brothers, we used to fight a lot more as kids in the band, but now he’s a lot calmer. The chemistry between us works.”

So, in this state of harmony I Dream in Colour seem now then to be heading for the dizzying heights they were billed for, the experiments so far in the studio have been interesting to say the least. But one thing’s for sure, if anyone can handle the pressure of their own expectations, let alone the presses, it’s these boys.

Special thanks to Jen and of course Richard himself for sorting this interview for us. I Dream in Colour is on tour in the UK starting next Wednesday in Bath; all the details of the tour are here. We just offered up a free IDIC mp3 on Tuesday that you can grab here. The band’s debut single, ‘Strangest Place’, will be released on the 5th of December on Euphonios; you can listen to the track below. The single will be backed by b-side ‘Still Got a Hold on Me’.

 

MP3 of the Day #435: I Dream in Colour

 
By on Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 10:00 am
 

I Dream in Colour is releasing their official debut single, ‘Strangest Place’, on the 5th of December on Euphonios, but they want to give this track away to you for absolutely free. It’s called ‘Long Cold Lonely Winter’ and it’s the perfect accompaniment to those chilly days and nights up ahead for us. For those of you who like me like to dissect lyrics, they are over on this Facebook note.

I Dream in Colour is touring the UK this month – all the details here. You’re too late to get tickets for the London Bull and Gate show, but there are a few tickets left for the other dates, so get on this quickly.

 

I Dream in Colour / November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at 8:30 am
 

I Dream in Colour have announced a tour of the UK for mid to late November. The band’s next single, ‘Strangest Place’, will be released on the 21st of November. Tickets to all dates on this tour are on sale now. PS your humble editor will be in attendance at the London Bull and Gate show, if you’d like to say hello.

Wednesday 16th November 2011 – Bath Moles
Thursday 17th November 2011 – Guildford Boiler Room
Friday 18th November 2011 – London Bull and Gate
Sunday 20th November 2011 – Leicester Lock 42
Monday 21st November 2011 – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 – York Stereo
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 – Glasgow Pivo Pivo
Friday 25th November 2011 – Stoke Sugarmill

 
 
 

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