At the start of March, Bridgend’s legendary Hobos played host to Colours Of One’s first show in over two years, and with The People The Poet joining the lineup as support, it was always going to wind up being a great night.
The People The Poet opened the gig with a warm up show for their performance at SXSW in Austin Texas. The four-piece kicked off with People, and sounded great. It has been 3 years since The Narrator and the band have just returned with their EP, Paradise Closed, which they played some tracks from – the first being Matchday, the bands ode to rugby, and this was closely followed by the incredibly upbeat Happy (Being Miserable), a song about the British obsession with moaning!! For me, the star of the show was the performance of Club 27, a huge, epic sounding track with a soaring chorus, and a sublime vocal from Leon. Hopefully the new EP will lead to a well deserved resurgence for the band.
With the show not only being Colours Of One’s first show in two years, it was also the bands debut as a four-piece, with vocalist Mike Simmonds-Dickens taking over some guitar duties. Hobos was full of fans, friends, families and every ex-member of the band, and with anticipation running high, the band took to the stage to loud cheers and claps – and it was like they had never been away.
Live, the bands brand of melodic alternative rock has always been well received, and tonight was no exception. The bands new tracks got me very excited for the new album they have been promising – they have definitely pushed the bar with regards to songwriting and the collection of songs debuted at the show were all powerful and melodic. Drummer Paul Jones is a powerhouse, guitarist Miff Tuck is effortlessly cool and new bassist Lewis Morgan brings a swagger to the band.
Old favourite Echoes was greeted like a long lost friend, and the covers of Come Together and Looks Like Chaplin were welcome additions to the set. This was most definitely a triumphant return for the popular band who evidently have a lot more to give us.