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'Can You Hear Me?' Single
(Townsend Music)
Release Date: Friday 26th February 2016

Johnny Main

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colour of noise

It's always fun to catch a band live that you didn't plan on seeing, which is what happened with Colour of Noise for me. I was at Hard Rock Hell last year when I discovered a gap in my carefully planned out schedule and the band were recommended to me by a mutual friend (thanks for the tip there, Matt!) and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard.

In case you've not heard of them before, Colour of Noise are a Brighton based quintet featuring Furyon vocalist Matt Mitchell and drummer Randy Nixon from Magic Bullet Band as well as one-time Little Angels guitarist, Bruce John Dickinson, who have come together to form a band that has pure musical skill pouring out of every note played and sung.

The band's self-titled debut album was released late last year to little fanfare, but it's an album that's really worth checking out.

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'Can You Hear Me' is the very first track on the album, and its release as a single is an ideal opportunity to test the water as a consumer if you're not concerned about shelling out your hard earned cash for the whole album that you're maybe not sure about.

The song itself tells a story of a person who is lost and crying out for help, and is very much in the musical vein of classic British rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Free and Bad Company.

It has a solid mid-paced groove with Mitchell giving a good vocal performance while the guitar riff from Dan Electro drives the song. By the time you get to the memorable chorus, you realise how much the song has going for it, and as the sound begins to thicken at the midway point, you have a thoroughly enjoyable number.

It's actually during the mid-section that Dickinson gives a hint of what's to come as he adds extra nuances in the background before stepping up to centre stage with a well planned and expertly played solo section.

As with a lot of the other songs on the album, the music flows well and it's down to the quality of the musicians in the band. This band are certainly going places, so if you see then playing at a venue near you (and they have an upcoming UK tour supporting Toseland starting next month), then I highly recommend you go and see what these boys can do live, and I pretty much guarantee that you'll walk away at the end of the night clutching a copy of their album.

Colour of Noise have issued a limited run of 100 CD singles, which are signed and numbered, featuring a B-Side with the single 'Head On' taken from the Live EP 'Colour of Noise Live In London', which are available from the band's online store right now.

You can see the official video for 'Can You Hear Me' here:

You can see Colour of Noise live here:
Sunday 13th March – The Hope, Brighton *
Monday 14th March – The Globe, Cardiff *
Tuesday 15th March – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham *
Wednesday 16th March – Sound Control, Manchester *
Tuesday 22nd March – The Borderline, London *
Wednesday 23rd March – The Portland Arms, Cambridge *
Thursday 24th March – The Key Club, Leeds *
Friday 25th March – Stereo Cafe Bar, Glasgow *
Saturday 26th March – Think Tank, Newcastle *
Sunday 1st May – : Dementia Aware Festival, The Roadhouse, Birmingham
Sunday 26th June – : Wildfire Festival, Wiston Lodge, Biggar

* - Supporting Toseland

Colour of Noise are:
Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Bruce John Dickinson – Lead Guitar
Dan Electro – Rhythm Guitar
Ben Daniel – Bass Guitar
Randy Nixon – Drums

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