Question Time with Undercolour

We always try to bring you the best new bands right now so let me introduce you to Undercolour. The band formed in early 2010 who all study at the Bristol Institute Of Modern Music where the band are shown the musical ropes by professional musicians and this definitely shows in the bands sound, a mature and accomplished mix of modern rock and pop. The band have featured in Kerrang! Magazine and we were lucky enough to catch up with them as they prepare to record some new material.

Who are you and what do you do?
We are UNDERCOLOUR and we write and play music with great precision. Fusing tech and pop
and in the words of Mayday Parade ”Putting the hook where it hurts the most”

How did you guys get started?
We all met back in 2007 studying music performance at The Manchester College. However, we didn’t start anything up until 2 years later, we had finished college and began studying music performance at University (BIMM Bristol). We all really gelled together and truly believe that something great can come of it. So we began to write some songs and rehearse and out popped Undercolour in the August of 2010.

What have you got going on at the moment?
At the moment we are trying to play as many shows as we possibly can (dates can be seen on Facebook and Myspace) but as well as this we are heavily working on some new material and should hopefully be going into the studio in April to Come out with a Debut EP which we hope to release in the Summer. 

Favourite music and why?
Steff: Michael Jackson… No, Usher…wait, can I say both? I love singing their songs!
Sam: I have been listening to a lot of Pierce The Veil, Woe, Is Me and Emarosa recently even despite Mr Craig’s Macbook cock up.
Elliot: Metal! Best album of all time is Metallica’s “SnM”, however Pierce the Veil’s new stuff is ridiculously good!
Suthee: The Arusha Accord ‘The Echo Verses’, the whole album just filled with musical insaneness 
Scott: At the moment I have been listening to a lot of Kids In Glass Houses (DIRT)

Favourite book and why?
Steff:  ‘The Vampire Diaries’. I’m a girl what can I say?
Sam: Hmm favourite book… Does FRONT Magazine count?
Elliot:  I’m not going to lie, I don’t really have one.
Suthee:  The Kama Sutra… Ha, no. Dearly Devoted Dexter is one of my favourite.
Scott: I’m not really the type of guy that can sit back with a good book, I’ll wait for the movie. Magazines is more my thing, Kerrang!, Rocksound, Rhythm etc.

Favourite film and why?
 Steff:  I haven’t got a specific one. I love watching horror films – well except ‘Stephen King’s: IT’ I am now petrified of clowns because of that film!
Sam:  Got to be Spinal Tap for me, this is an absolute classic.
Elliot:  Dead Man’s Shoes. Shane Medows is a god.
Suthee:  Not sure but I will sit though anything Emma Watson is in.
Scott:  Probably has to be Fightclub because Edward Norton is a genius.

Best experience in the business?
Has to playing live in general. We love it, there’s no better feeling than when your on stage. The best night we have played yet has to be with Welsh natives Tiger Please back on the 17th Feb. 

Tell our readers an interesting fact about your band?
Not too sure how interesting it is but we are all music nuts. Having been studying all aspects of music for the past 4 years (music performance, tech, theory etc). Although should that not spark up interest the majority of us are left handed …is that interesting ? or rare rather.

Who are your role models/idols?
We are all inspired by bands such as Emarosa, Proceed, Circa Survive, Deaf Havana, Young Guns. However we do have individual idols.
Steff: Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba and Christina Scabbia.
Sam:  John Mayer would be up there because the man has ultimate blues feel and the voice of a god.
Elliot:  For me Guthree Govan is up there. Is there anything that man can’t play?
Suthee:  Music wise Joe Hisaishi and Taro Hakase. Life in general Sam Lomax.
Scott: I personally am fascinated by JoJo Mayer his setup is amazing.

Hardest thing about the current business?
Definitely has to be trying to break your name as ‘the scene’ is dominated by mainstream pop, 
so getting recognition for the music is harder. Which is a shame as people should love music for music and not jump on bandwagons and just like certain aspects. 

You can check the band out at and listen to 2 tracks right here and we hope to see you at the bands show as part of The Calling Card’s all day EP release show in Newport, Six Feet Under on Sunday April 17th.

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