Pop is a tough genre to get into as a fan of extreme and progressive music. When you think of “pop music,” the first thing to come to mind is overly manufactured attempts at fame and wealth without much in the way of artistic and emotional depth. Of course, there are always outliers; I’ve enjoyed the likes of Gotye, Justin Timberlake, and Devin Townsend over the years, and I’m sure there are pop acts out there that are able to get the appreciation of other open-minded fans of underground music. Now, thanks to former Sikth guitarist and producer Dan Weller’s new band In Colour (which is fronted by ex-Tesseract frontman Dan Tompkins), there’s now a new pop group that can be listened to by the metal community without the guilt associated with typical modern pop.

From the press release:

The 5-piece, completed by ex-Tesseract front man Dan Tompkins (Vocals), Ciaran Cahill (Synths), Pete Skipper (Bass), Darren Baxter (Drums) boast a sound that is laden with massive hooks, ethereal vocals and timeless songwriting.

Weller says: “This has been bubbling away for years.  Ciaran and I first started writing together in ‘07.  Along with our rock roots we both share a love of 80’s and 90’s pop music. We really wanted to create something ambitious and unique that fused it all into a massive sound.”

The co-writers set out to find the best line-up they could, soon recruiting Pete Skipper and Darren Baxter.

Weller says: “Darren and Pete are two of the best musicians I’ve ever had the privilege of playing or recording with.  When they joined the band we knew we’d be fighting off lots of other acts for their services.  They’ve turned down some massive gigs for this, so we all really want the world to see how great they are.”

Once the four musicians had become a tight unit they found the singer that they’d always dreamt of having, long time friend Dan Tompkins.

Tompkins says: “The moment I heard the songs I knew the band was special. To be involved with musicians of such quality is an incredible pleasure. We have worked tirelessly on this and we can’t wait to get going. ‘In Colour’ is the band I’ve always dreamt of being a part of.”

Having been in talks with labels and publishers alike, and having a long list of contemporaries as fans, 2013 is set to be the beginning of a very special journey. An album, recorded earlier this year at Thailand’s notable Karma Sounds studio, will be unleashed in the summer.

Two tracks have been released alongside this announcement, ‘Listen to the Rain’ (music video above) and ‘All That I’ve Been Waiting For‘ (audio below). Judging by the songs, In Colour are poised to become a new obsession for people who enjoy emotional soundscapes and haunting hooks. I don’t think I’ve been this excited over a pop release, but In Colour’s debut album might just be a 2013 highlight.


Visit In Colour on Facebook and Tumblr for more information and news as it comes in.

– JR


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