Colorway is a dynamic, original trio from Northampton, MA who play pop-rock songs infused with inventive, energetic and melodic lead guitar. The band's second album, The Black Sky Sequined (mastered by Bob Ludwig) was called "One of the finest rock albums of 2015" by Ric Albano (Modern Rock Review) and Diffuser's Chuck Armstrong called the band's single "Come Back July" "impossibly catchy" when they premiered the video in 2015. Colorway has recently opened sold out shows for The Yardbirds, Delta Deep (feat. members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots) and Foreigner. The band was also included in this year's Green River Festival which Rolling Stone named a "must see" music fest.
Though the easy way to describe the style of music is pop-rock, don't be fooled. The band can jam, and are convincing audiences far and wide that it's possible to extend the boundaries of the traditional four minute song and still have it stuck in your head all day.
The Short Story:
Colorway didn’t start the rock revolution, but its fighting spirit is certainly strong. Band leader F. Alex Johnson stands tall, front and center and sings about why love, loss, recovery and the search for contentment isn’t something to scoff at. But his searing guitar work is the real star here, bending, bobbing and and weaving lyrical solos up and down the neck. His extensive experience from recording and performing in the U.S. and around the globe isn't worn on his sleeve. But you can see it and feel it in the way he does what he loves—what’s he’s done almost all of his life.
The power trio format—guitar, bass and drums—is the perfect vehicle for Colorway’s music. Space is as important as density here, and bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski hold down the proverbial fort with equal parts grace and ferocity. Meanwhile, Johnson powers on, sometimes teetering dangerously close to aural chaos but somehow always coming in for a secure landing.
In short, Colorway, who calls Northampton, Massachusetts home, is a reflection of three very different people’s love of music in all its forms.
Come join the rock revolution and see, hear and feel what Colorway does. They promise it will be one hell of a time.
A little bit longer of a story:
F. Alex Johnson formed Colorway in early 2013 in Northampton, Massachusetts along with bassist Dave Hayes (Superkart/Heather Maloney) and drummer JJ O'Connell (Heather Maloney/MC Frontalot).
The band seamlessly fuses stuck-in-your-head pop songs with ferocious Gilmour/Zappa-influenced guitar playing. Colorway’s self-titled 2013 debut included the song “Live With Me”, which was chosen by WRSI 93.9 (AAA radio) listeners as the #3 song of the year.
Colorway wasted no time releasing their second album, The Black Sky Sequined, which was recorded by Mark Alan Miller and mastered by multiple Grammy award-winning engineering legend Bob Ludwig.
The ten song album features nods to rock and pop luminaries like Tom Petty, Wilco, Richard Thompson, The Black Keys and XTC. But Colorway does so while maintaining a rough edge and original sound that aims to speak to music fans of any generation. Alex’s subject matter touches upon the joys of life, the heartache of loss and the terrifying beauty of a life currently lived clean and sober in a crazy and punch-drunk world.
The first single, "Come Back July" was chosen by the listeners WRSI 93.9 (AAA radio) as one of the top ten songs of the year.
In July of 2015 bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski joined the group replacing Dave and JJ.
released May 5, 2015
F. Alex Johnson: guitar/vocals
Dave Hayes: bass/backing vocals
J.J. O'Connell: drums/backing vocals/percussion
Dave Trenholm: horn arrangement/tenor saxophone
Tom Mahnken: baritone saxophone
Terry S Nagel: trombone
Nick Borges: trumpet
Produced by Colorway. Additional production by Mark Alan Miller
Recorded and mixed by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Lacquers for vinyl cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman, Los Angeles, CA
Legal: Peter Irvine (firstname.lastname@example.org
Front cover art: Laura Nugent
Back Cover Art: Pietro Spica
Inside Photo: Jodi Nicholas (www.approachableworld.com
CD/Vinyl layout Tom Pappalardo
Thanks and love to:
Jodi Lynn Nicholas, Judith Ann Johnson, Lynda Jean Johnson (and the whole Johnson Family), Paul Brown, The Nicholas Family, Roy Faudree, Sheena See (No Theater), Omar, Jocelyn Merrick, Amos and Stewart, The O'Connell Family, John Boulais, Nicole LaChapelle, Sigrid Von Wendel, Thatcher (RIP) and Vigo, Gerry LeBlanc, Jim Weeks, Terry Flood, Chet O'Keefe, Mentos, Timi Conley, Dave Domizi, Paul Rechsteiner, Andrew Bissaro, Nik Asikis, Don Francis Robinson, Melissa Karoutas, R. Michelson Galleries, John Montanari, Jim Neill, Groove House Records, Bill Smith Custom Records, Groover House Records, Stoughton Printing, Bob Cilman, Young@Heart Chorus, Steve Sanderson (and all in Drunk Stuntmen), Rick Murnane, José Ayerve, Dave Dumas, Justin Pizzoferrato, Tom Pappalardo (Standard Design), Bronwen Hodgkinson (Ardent Design), Laura Nugent, Pietro Spica, Vin Bator, Tom Adams (www.reelifeproductions.com), George Lenker, Brendan Leith and Frank Zappa.
Special thanks to Mark Alan Miller, Bob Ludwig (and all at Gateway Mastering), The Village of Florence, The Spindle City and you, yes, you for supporting independent music.
And on we go . . .
All songs written by F. Alex Johnson (SESAC) except "I Never Changed" written by F. Alex Johnson (SESAC) and Jodi Lynn Nicholas (SESAC)
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