FP100 Fife bands 74. Calm As The Colour

Calm As The Colour
Calm As The Colour

Singer Darren Roy had been playing acoustically for a year under the name Calm As the Colour, before deciding to form a full band in 2010.

Joining him were brother Michael on drums, Kris Smith on guitar and Phil Cook on bass.

The Fife four-piece had a sound which is unapologetically taken from the early ‘90s “shoegazing” scene, with influences such as The Stone Roses.

In the early days, brothers Darren and Michael released the EP ‘Ticket to Liberty’, and Kris and Phil joined soon after.

The band found success with the single ‘Velvet Sunburst’, while in May 2012, they released the EP ‘Tomorrow Belongs to a World Apart’ which received much praise.

This was followed in 2013 by the EP ‘When Traditions No Longer Answer Our Questions’ – inspired by socialist Karl Popper, and featured other tracks ‘When Windows of Our Lives Collide’ and ‘Flowers on the Hill’.

In just two short years, the band had found relative prominence on the Scottish music scene, with radio play and positive reviews from Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, while BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamaq and Tom Robinson both featured their tracks. Listeners at Kingdom FM also voted them ‘Best Live Act’ in May 2012.

The band split up in 2013 but three of the members are still involved in music and are currently writing together.