As of late, the Orange County, CA music scene has been great. There are loads of great bands that are active in the scene including Midnight Hour and The Wheeland Brothers.Then there's a recent history that has bands like Thriving Ivory and Jack's Mannequin coming out of the scene. Somewhere between those two groups is The Colourist, a band that's currently signed to Republic Records and poised to make a run with their debut album coming out next week. Recently, Alternative Addiction got to talk with the The Colourist's Maya Tuttle about the band's debut album and the approach they took to writing the record.
"In general I'm more of an abstract person personally," said the co-vocalist of The Colourist when discussing writing. "Generally all of these songs on this album, we've all had our hands on them. Maybe I wrote about an experience and then the guys found something in that they could relate to. At the core of what we do is personal experience. Maybe I didn't personally experience everything, but I can relate to what's being described. The songs get to the point to where we can all relate and contribute to them. I think something that's interesting is the final version of the song ends up being something that resonates with all of us in the band.
I don't know if we're unique or not, but all four of us are very involved in the song writing. Every song is completely different. One person might come with a bass part, a chord progression, a riff, or whatever. All four of us contribute to lyrics, music, and everything else. I think it's a unique thing for us," added the singer/drummer.
Last year The Colourist released their debut EP with Republic Records called Lido. Following the release of the EP, the band spent much of last year on the road. Tuttle said that touring was a big change.
"It's been a huge adjustment. There's a difference between the perception and reality of what people think of life as a touring musician. I used to have that illusion. If you're on the road, that means you're partying every night and having nonstop fun. Parts of that are true, but the part that I didn't realize about traveling and doing this, is that it's incredibly hard work, and it's pretty exhausting. If you're partying and drinking all the time, then you're not going to survive life on the road. The guys and I are always trying to find healthy food and get plenty of sleep and stuff like that. If you don't take care of yourself, you're not going to survive it.
"It's been a huge adjustment but it's been amazing. We've had audiences respond to our music in places that we've never been to. It's definitely a lot of hard work, but it's worth it because we love what we're doing," finished Tuttle.