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Album Review: I Dream in Colour – The Boiler Room EP

By on Thursday, 30th September 2010 at 12:00 pm

Everyone knows that dismissing an album is awfully easy to do. The hard part, however, is putting words to describe something that is incredible. In this case, Essex four-piece I Dream In Colour have made a brilliant EP. Thus, penning words to give the piece of work justice is all the more difficult. Thanks a lot, guys!

All five tracks off ‘The Boiler Room’ are nothing short of spellbinding. To kick it all off, there’s the raw, emotional track “Get Along” that soars to a beat of Richard Judge’s heart as he pleads and ponders the complexities of relationships. For fans of English bands from the ‘80s, this song could go down as one of Echo and the Bunnymen’s own.

That should tell you a thing or two of what a talented group this bunch is. And if not, then take a listen to ‘Reigns’, an upbeat track that thumps and grooves to Judge’s vocals, which sound reminiscent of much younger and energetic Fran Healy and Thom Yorke. The craftily arranged will surely have listeners putting this particular track on constant repeat.

Still, perhaps the most infectious and hauntingly beautiful song is the EP’s signature track, ‘The Boiler Room’ where Judge’s power lungs heard in previous tracks transcends into a frail, angelic voice that laments of men who have “money on their minds” provides a perfect slow burner song to finish a very enjoyable EP.

Through their tight sound and unique vocals, I Dream In Colour clearly having something special that goes beyond most other bands these days. And so the anticipation for the full-length album builds…

‘The Boiler Room’ EP is available now from iTunes. I Dream in Colour goes on tour starting the 4th of October in Coventry.


Interview: Richard Judge of I Dream in Colour

By on Thursday, 16th September 2010 at 12:00 pm

Busy just doesn’t cut it for up-and-coming Essex four-piece I Dream in Colour. Getting regular thumbs-ups from music publications and blogs alike, the newly formed band are ready to take thier anthemic tunes across the globe. Expect a review of their latest EP, ‘The Boiler Room’, soon.

In the meantime, we’re lucky enough to get some first hand scoop from the vastly talented singer/songwriter Richard Judge. Here’s some meaty facts he so kindly let us in on:

First off, most studies show that people do dream in colour. Can you describe how the band’s name came to be? And what made you decide on said name?
I always knew Radiohead got their name from a Talking Heads song. When I was looking for a name for our band I took their advice and looked to a hero. I picked up the Beatles anthology and turned straight to the page of John Lennon. The first line I read was ‘When I dream I dream in colour…’ And that was that. A lot of people started asking me why it had the ‘I’ at the beginning. But it seems we’ve started a trend…

Can you provide a little biography of the band of how, when theband formed and what your influence are? Also, what’s the average age of your band?
Peter and I are brothers. We’ve been playing together since we were kids. Mike was a friend of our cousin’s and I was told ‘he looks like he should be in a band’ and he loves a beer up. That suited us just fine. Turned out he was an amazing guitarist too, which was a bonus. Steve we didn’t know before but he walked in to the band and it worked. Or should I say.. ‘works.’ I’m the youngest in the band at 23. I guess we’d have an average age of 25.

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I Dream in Colour / September – November 2010 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 1st September 2010 at 9:30 am

Essex’s I Dream in Colour have announced a UK tour for October, plus two dates in September and a one-off in November.

MP3: I Dream in Colour – Get Along

Friday 17th September 2010 – London Bush Hall (supporting Saint Jude)
Saturday 18th September 2010 – Hampton Wick, South London Forresters (live and DJ set)
Monday 4th October 2010 – Coventry Kasbah
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Guildford Backline Live
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – London 93 Feet East
Friday 15th October 2010 – Harlow Square (Club Blub)
Monday 18th October 2010 – Brighton Hope
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Portsmouth Kraken Wakes (Club NME)
Sunday 24th October 2010 – Southampton Oxjam
Thursday 4th November 2010 – London Underbelly


MP3 of the Day #228: I Dream in Colour

By on Wednesday, 25th August 2010 at 10:00 am

I Dream in Colour was a happy discovery for me while I sorted through TGTF email this past weekend. The Essex band released an EP in mid-July, ‘The Boiler Room’, and apparently they have been legging it around festivals this summer with their new songs, having wowed audiences at Camden Crawl, the Great Escape and Standon Calling.

Like Tom Cruise in ‘Jerry Maguire’ snagged Renee Zellweger, I Dream in Colour had me at ‘Get Along’. Unlike the collection of bands under the harmony / surf pop genre umbrella that seems to be ever ballooning by the minute, there is something tangibly genuine about this band’s sound. Maybe it is the girl in me that never got the chance to ride a horse, but listening to this track makes me feel like I’m rustling up the longhorn cattle in the Wild West. Note: I don’t generally like anything that sounds one bit country (and the epic guitars on this will definitely make you think country), so you know this must be a good track if it’s captured my imagination. I’m also a fan of singer/songwriter Richard Judge’s voice – that’s what a real man should sound like.

And if you’re curious what the blokes of I Dream in Colour look like, we also have a video for ‘Get Along’ that I’ve included below. I hope you are not disappointed that they don’t prowl the halls of recording studios with Stetsons and chaps and are just as home in a friend’s back garden in southwest London. (And okay, I admit it, I’m kind of spazzing over Steve Daniels’s Fender bass too but…)

MP3: I Dream in Colour – Get Along



I Dream is Colour’s EP ‘The Boiler Room’ is available now from iTunes. A free single release of a new song, ‘If You’, will be available in October.


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