The Black Sky Sequined

by Colorway

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about

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.

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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.

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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.

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released May 5, 2015

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Credits:

Colorway is:

F. Alex Johnson: guitar/vocals
Dave Hayes: bass/backing vocals
J.J. O'Connell: drums/backing vocals/percussion

With:

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 (peter@peterirvinelaw.com)

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)

©2015 Molehill Mountain Productions (SESAC). All rights reserved.

For more music, tour dates, merchandise and just about everything else, please go to

www.colorwaymusic.com

For booking and general questions: info@colorwaymusic.com


Write to us at:
Colorway
PO Box 60062 
Florence, MA
01062

Proudly made in the USA

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Colorway is F. Alex Johnson (guitar/vocals), Matthew Clegg (bass), and Riley Godleski (drums/vocals). Hailing from Northampton, MA Colorway is out to prove that rock and roll is still alive and well in America. Guitar rock fans will rejoice, and hopefully they'll bring their pop, rock and indie fan friends along for the ride. Check out their live show for extended versions of these songs and more. ... more

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Track Name: Gen Exit
He was a model man
A Beatles fan
A catch in any blessed sea

But he spent every day
A world away
Wondering what he could have been

Watching out the window
City slips away
Generation exit
Help me through today

Hey hey

He had the dream again
The one that ends
Falling to the solid ground

But he could see it now
The where and how
Free and clear and all around

Maybe all the pressure
didn’t make a gem
Anyone can sparkle
We can live again
Take me I am ready
I can feel it kicking in

As he looked out
At the city
And the lights called out “come with me”

All he had to do was open up his arms

Wouldn’t you believe I’m flying for the first time
Know I’m not the first one breaking through the cloud line
It’s awful gray between holding your own
And just hanging around

Hey hey

Take a little piece to use
As a souvenir
Remember where you were before
And just know
You might never be there again

He made the great escape
But wide awake
Mind and body finally free

It only goes to show
The more you know
Doesn’t mean it’s easy to see

Maybe all the pressure
didn’t make a gem
Anyone can sparkle
We can live again
Take me I am ready
I can feel it kicking in

As he looked out
At the city
And the lights called out come with me

All he had to do was open up his arms

Wouldn’t you believe I’m flying for the first time
Know I’m not the only one breaking through the cloud line
Harder than it seems when your racing to the finish line

It’s awful gray between holding your own
And just hanging around
It’s awful gray between holding your own
And just hanging around

Hey hey
Track Name: Come Back July
Sing like a bird in the backyard
Drink in the day’s lazy end
Tear up the calendar
I never want to come in

Shaking my shoes out the car door
There’s sand in the tobacco field
Let’s drive to the water again
Let the burning heal

Come back July
I never said goodbye

She falls in love every morning
Safe in the arms of the sun
But every night
It gets harder to keep him at home

Sure as the gun in the sideboard
Sure as the chill from the window
Reminds me you’re gone

Come back July
I never said goodbye
You need to kiss me one more time
I want you to make me cry

Come back July
I never said goodbye
Light all those
Lonely Roman candles
Into that August sky

Come back July

Shoot out the lights at the state fair
You can keep all the colors of autumn
I’m over and gone

Come back July
I never said goodbye
You need to kiss me
One more time
I want you to make me cry

Come back July
I never said goodbye
I want to dance so fast
I fall down
Before that
August light

Come back July
Come back July
Come back July
Come back
Track Name: I Don't Want To Go Home
I will take full advantage of this life
Starting now
Start the car and just drive all night
All right
All out

I may get lost once again
But it’s all I know

There’s a reason we all give up
Give in
Give out

Someday I’ll be a broken toy
A life
Played out

I may
Be lost
Once again
But I don’t want to go home

I don’t want to go home
I don’t want to go home
This is a big world
I know where my heart is
And I don’t want to go home

I looked to the sequined sky
I have received
The peace I was missing in life
And I don’t want to leave

I could stay here and write my life
Again
Starting now

Come and stay for a while
Forever you’re
Allowed

We may
Be lost
Once again
But I don’t want to go home

I don’t want to go home
I don’t want to go home
This is a big world
I know where my heart is
And I don’t want to go home
Track Name: Explain
How bout I start with a list of the reasons to run
Carefully prepared to ensure that my chances are none

So cautious because of the last time
I told myself never again
No no

Talking to strangers could lead to the danger inside
But I got a laugh from the story I was planning to hide

So cautious because of the last time
You told yourself never again

But here we are under porch light
I'm gonna pack up my belongings and run

It's much to hard to explain
Explain
Away again

I can't begin to explain
Explain
The pain again
I'm hiding in the rain

Six months later and it's running around in my mind
Wondering what did I get myself into this time
I feel like a fool but I don't care
She might as well hear it from me
I'm already starting to quiver 

I don't know a thing about
If we're in love or just hanging out
But I don't care and I'd have say to those who'll surely ask

It's much too hard to explain
Explain
Away again

I can't begin to explain
Explain
The pain again

It's much too hard to explain
Explain
Explain
Track Name: Me And My Baby
Me and my baby
My baby and me
Going to see what there is to see

We could be lazy
Lazy and free
Floating around
From tree to tree

Well we made our life in the city
But our heart lives down the road
There's a light from the kitchen window
But there's nobody
Nobody home

Cats in the doorway
Persian breed
Waiting to see what there is to see

Mail on the table
None for me
One more day
That I am free

Well we made our life in the city
But our heart lives down the road
There's a light from the kitchen window
But there's nobody
There's nobody home

It's okay I've had my turn at last
It's okay I've had my turn at long last
It's okay I've had my turn at long last

Maybe you'll see me tomorrow
And we can try it again
Maybe you'll see me tomorrow
And we can try to be friends

Well we made our life in the city
But our heart lives down the road
There's a light from the kitchen window
But there's nobody
There's nobody home


There’s nobody
Nobody home
(Me and my baby)
There’s nobody
Nobody home
(My baby and me)
There’s nobody
Nobody home
(Going to see what there is to see)
There’s nobody
Track Name: The Cycle
High

Wide

Sky

I

Might

Try

To fly

Fly

Fly

Fly

Tonight
Track Name: Tiny Town
I hear from the birds most every day
They can’t keep their full mouths shut

As much as I try to look away
Right there in the headlines, “She’s Back”.

All that we were
Will always remain
But it doesn’t matter now

You told me why
But I never wrote it down
Curse this tiny town

So much for the free
They’re always bored
No fight to wake up for
I swear

Keep meaning to move on
As you say
But you’re there in the rearview
Drive on

All that we were
Will always remain
But it doesn’t matter now

You told me why
But I never wrote it down
Curse this tiny town

And all the stupid dances
Count the checks
The debt
And all the overlooked advances

Here we go again

I take the same walk
Most everyday
It keeps me from losing ground

So if you should see me
On your way
Don’t think that the stars said so
‘Cause they lie

All that we were
Will always remain
But it doesn’t matter now

You told me why
But I never wrote it down
Curse this tiny town

All that we were
Will always remain
But it doesn’t matter now

You told me why
But I never wrote it down
Curse this tiny town
Track Name: Everybody Wants Me To Love You
People tell me we just make the cutest pair
You’d be wise to put a ring on that finger there
Is it something in the water
A spell you all fell prey
That no one wants to ever see you walk away

I remember life was simple
And mail  came once a day

Well here’s the latest word ‘cause

Everybody wants me to love you
Everybody wants me to love you
The roar of the crowd every time I’m around you
Telling me to make it so

I just don’t know

I had my heart broken one too many ways
Hard falls, brick walls, waiting on a call for days
If my bad luck weren’t my strong suit
I’d swear you placed your bets
On mister lonely heart having a full house yet

And all the people in our circle
Are spinning once again

I might as well give in 'cause

Everybody wants me to love you
Everybody wants me to love you
The roar of the crowd every time I’m around you
Telling me to make it so

I don’t know
I’m damaged and broken at the seams
But give it time
And maybe I’ll join the chorus 

Singing, singing, singing.

Everybody wants me to love you
Everybody wants me to love you
The roar of the crowd every time I’m around you
Telling me to make it so and so and so and so 

Everybody wants me to love you
Everybody wants me to love you
The man in the moon and the stars above you
Telling me to make it so
Track Name: I Never Changed
The train doesn't come here anymore
It used to stop outside my kitchen door
I've evolved
Found a way
To adapt my day-to-day
But I never changed for you

The weeds in the garden reach for me
To the sun the moon the tops of every tree
I have grown
With the vines
Sunk my roots in warmer climes
But I never changed for you

I’ve never changed
I’ve never changed
I never changed for you

Revised
Repossessed in a way
Repaired
And recalled
Yesterday

I always know when I've been acting strange
But I've never changed for you

I washed all my clothes in gasoline
And abandoned my unique identity 
All my plaids
All my stripes
Burned a brilliant runway white
But I never changed for you

Revised
Repossessed in a way
I never changed
I never changed
For you

I never changed
You know I’m still the same
I’ve never changed
Track Name: Telephone
I have a telephone
It's like a little home
That I hide in
I go right in

I like my privacy
You could connect with me
If you tried to
Put you right through

On the line
I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

You see them everywhere
Held up to every ear
Like a conch shell
Hear the sea swell

They say my future's bright
I dim my screen at night
Can you find me
To remind me

Attention everyone
Attention almost gone
It's a safe bet
If I just get

On the line
I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on
Right on!

I used to look ahead 
But this is the future
In the palm of my hand

No matter where you are
A plane a train a car
Just can’t beat my telephone there

I have a telephone
It’s like a little home
Can you see me
And my TV

I need to talk to you
I don’t know how to do
What I used to
I can’t get through

On the line
I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on line

I go right on
Right on
Right on
Right on
Right on!


You could be everything I want
You could be everything I need
If I could hold you in my hands
I could fulfill my dreams

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