Over the summer, I’ve written about Melbourne, Australia-based indie rock/shoegaze act Flyying Colours a couple of times, and if you’ve been frequenting this site, you may recall that the the Australian band was initially formed by its founding duo, childhood friends Brodie J. Brummer and Genna O’Connor. And with the release of their first two critically applauded EPs, the act received national attention for a sound that possessed elements of shoegaze, psych rock and grunge. After recruiting new members Melanie Barbaro and Andy Lloyd Russell to flesh out their sound, the members of the newly constituted quartet went into the studio to write and record the material that would eventually comprise their soon-to-be released full-length debut, MINDFULLNESS.
Over the past year or so, the Melbourne-based shoegazers have seen a growing international profile as “Not Today” and “Running Late” off their second EP ROYGBIV received airplay from several renowned radio stations across the globe including KEXP, BBC Radio 6, RRR and FBi among others, and as a result, they landed at number 47 on the CMJ Radio Top 200 and Amazing Radio charts, as well as praise from the likes of Clash, 405, Stereogum, Wonderland and NME. And adding to a growing internationally recognized profile, Flyying Colours has toured with Pinkshinyultrablast, Johnny Marr, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and A Place to Bury Strangers.
Whereas MINDFULLNESS‘ first single “It’s Tomorrow Now” was a noisy and towering squalor sound that had the Melbourne, Australia-based quartet pairing buzzing power chords, some incredible guitar pyrotechnics, a propulsive motorik groove and an anthemic hook in a song that sounds as though it were channeling The Jesus and Mary Chain, the album’s latest single “Long Holiday” is a hazily, expansive song in which shimmering guitar chords played through reverb, delay and other effect pedals are paired with a propulsive rhythm section and a rousingly anthemic hook. Sonically, the song sounds as though it nods heavily to RIDE, A Storm in Heaven The Verve and The Smiths.
The recently released video is fittingly Technicolor-fueled as it features found footage of a woman lounge on a couch and watching TV and changing channels with what appears to be one of the first remote controls, and as she’s channel surfing each channel becomes progressive psychedelic. Starting out with flowers blooming and bursting to live and a channel in which audio waves are superimposed over everything, the video becomes progressively weird as animation featuring colliding and smashing atoms and astronauts helplessly floating in space are superimposed over both the TV programming and the world of our TV viewer. Trippy, right?