To escape from the remnants of Royal Wedding fever in the air, there is nothing better you could do than listen to the new album from DIY band, Colour Me Wednesday, fronted by the Doveton sisters (Jen on vocals, Harriet on guitar). Counting Pennies In The Afterlife, their second album, showcases the band’s alt-pop layered guitar and bass melodies aided by new addition Laura Coles, and abetted by the intricate drumming of percussionist Jaca Freer.
The album kicks off with the power-punk of ‘Sunriser’; with a guitar and bass line worthy of the Sex Pistols, it’s a track about a broken relationship – “I dreamt it before it even happened… I’m forced to be the strong one again.” – and offers hope and the reclamation of personal power (“I can see the horizon, the sun in rising”). Other stellar power-pop moments occur on ‘Heather’s Left For Dead’, with its Weezer-like guitars and layered vocals, and ‘Disown’, oozing more gorgeous guitar washes.
There is something here for everyone here, with the album covering themes of relationships (‘Tinfoil’) employment (‘Entrepreneur’, wry and Smiths-like), capitalism (‘Boyfriend’s Car’) and male privilege (‘Exposure’), whilst ‘Sad Bride’ is a critique of the institute of marriage – “why would you seal your fate?”.
The album ends with two slower tracks; ‘Take What you Want’, which introduces elements of electronica, and ‘Not my Turf’. Both songs add an introspective note to the end of the album, leaving you much to mull over. There’s a hidden track right at the end too, but I won’t spoil the surprise – you’ll have to listen to find out more! What I will say is that Counting Pennies In The Afterlife offers 11 unaffected songs from the heart, a genuine outpouring of emotion. It’s refreshing because there are no manifestos to beat you over the head with; instead you are hit with a dose of pure, catchy power-pop, and lyrics dealing with personal politics in a capitalist economy.
Counting Pennies In The Afterlife signals Colour Me Wednesday’s return in the best of ways; a perfect collection of tracks to suit any mood, it showcases everything there is to love about this band.
Counting Pennies In The Afterlife is out now via Krod Records.
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