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Album Review

It's not that unusual for an indie band to get signed to a major label only to be dropped when its record fails to sell, but Colour Revolt's troubles were a bit more complicated. The Mississippi combo's debut EP was picked up for release by Interscope in 2006, but they soon severed ties with the band; Colour Revolt then signed to Fat Possum Records, only to have the cool indie label drop them as well after 2008's Plunder, Beg and Curse didn't live up to expectations. Adding insult to injury, three of Colour Revolt's five members opted to quit, and with just a few weeks to spare, Jesse Coppenbarger (lead vocals and guitar) and Sean Kirkpatrick (lead guitar and vocals) recruited a drummer (Daniel Davison) and a keyboard player (Brooks Tipton), asked their producer to do double duty as bassist (Hank Sullivant), and rolled into the studio to record their second full-length album. And given the circumstances behind its creation, it's little short of miraculous that The Cradle is so strong and cohesive; these ten songs combine the scrappy energy and nerve of a rock band that's spent a few years barnstorming tiny clubs with the grand-scale ambitions and sonic grandeur of art rock. Coppenbarger's vocals can shift from a gentle falsetto to a full-on bellow at will, and his guitar interplay with Kirkpatrick follows a similar formula, with plenty of bark and just the right degree of filigree. The makeshift band that backs them handles the material beautifully; the bandmembers are clearly talented enough to bring both skill and imagination to the performances, and they clearly didn't have the time to overthink the material, so the melodies sound fresh and naturalistic even at their most elaborate. And the songs make it clear that the group's confidence was well justified; Coppenbarger and Kirkpatrick sure know how to tell a story, and from the ragged-out road tales in "8 Years" to the ill-starred drifters of "Reno," they paint taut and memorable little portraits in words, and the melodies fit them beautifully, be they dark, sweet, or thunderous. Colour Revolt have gone through a string of bad luck that would cause many reasonable people to throw in the towel, and instead they've created the strongest and most accomplished work of their career; you usually don't hear stories like this outside of bad TV movies these days, but at least from a creative standpoint this band has pulled off the come-from-behind victory of the year.

Customer Reviews

It is a good Tuesday.

I saw this album reviewed on Buzzgrinder this morning and decided to check it out, and I am glad I did because it's great. I am a fan of storytellers (Cold War Kids, Social Distortion, Johnny Cash, Airborne Toxic Event, etc.) and Colour Revolt know how to tell a good story. Musically they mix it up with some intriguing twists and turns meaning you'll find yourself dancing to one song and then searching your inner-most thoughts during the next. I always hope to find something good on Tuesdays and today is a good Tuesday.

Truly great music

Colour Revolt has put out some truly great music. This album is no exception. Both of their albums are so quality, and they lay it on heavy in a live show. I've seen them twice. Buy their music and see them live. You won't be disappointed. Support great music.

Great, great band.

I've been following this band for many years. ("Fletcher" days, people) They've been through a few changes, twists, turns, etc. The way I see it lately, everything they've released prior to this was musical preparation, for them and for us. I think we're about to see some really great things come from this band in the future, and I think people are really gonna catch on this time. First order of business is "The Cradle," it seems. What a great piece of art! Not perfect, but it's not supposed to be. I think that's the idea. Best song for me is "each works," hands down. Next fav is probably "everything is just the same," I think it's called. Give this record a shot.


Formed: Oxford, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The indie rock band Colour Revolt was formed by five college students from Jackson and Oxford, MS: lead singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Jesse Coppenbarger; guitarist Jimmy Cajoleas; guitarist, keyboard player, and singer Sean Kirkpatrick; drummer and singer Len Clark; and bassist Drew Mellon. Formerly known as Fletcher, the band took its current name from Edwin Abbott's 19th century social commentary Flatland. Plans to record a debut EP in a friend's basement in Jackson were disrupted in August...
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