Not so uncommon in this time of digital media prevalence, both Antonio Amorosso and James Smith took advantage to upload cover songs to YouTube in a bid to gain some feedback and grow their sound in stature.
What has come out of their acoustic cover sessions of Ed Sheeran, Years & Years and Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding smash “Outside” is the realisation that they are now ready to pad out their repetoire with some original material. But first, these initial online impressions have actioned the duo inking up with E.C.O.E. Management and The Commission Group and at the arriving of a band name for themselves of, Off Colour.
Off Colour’s cover song choices are largely dictated of the duo’s main sources of pop influence and as such a little of this inspiration makes its way into Off Colour’s artistic demographic. There is a strong bond of connect with today’s contemporary pop, assisted with an epically colourful dynamic which has placed Off Colour’s formative tracks under a gaze of some keenly received interest, including my own now.
I think the sound path these boys are seeking is absolutely suited at its best for them, but what endears them even more into my favour is that Antonio and James each posses an equal playing-field of vocal ability, emotively glowing lyricism and musicianship. This is a rare thing in a duo, as you usually get a production brains who is content on practicing the skills of the outfit and the vocal counter-part who is moreover elected as the band spokesman also.
What is sparked at the foundation of Off Colour’s sound formation is melody, layered upon melody and plenty of more melody and harmonizing. It works mostly hand-in-glove for them too. Although, I kinda felt the inclusion of drum and bass on official debut single “Touchdown” was an un-nessecary addition that I didn’t particularly warm too. As the vocals and everything else surrounding the D’n’B bang clatter was pretty sound enough.
The duo’s second focus single “Broken Bond” has none of the intrusive rattling tech beats and is all the better for it I feel.
It is warmly lilting. It is definitively pop melodic, showing itself and Off Colour to be proficiently capable of translating a mass appealing sound into a growing audience platform for themselves.
Keep churning them out like “Broken Bond” lads and you’ll have my undivided attention hereafter.