Liaan Horton (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) Marius Cronje (Bass Guitar) Timothy James (Lead Guitar) & Armando Santos (Drums)
The Color Blew represents depth and insight in a sea of over-produced, shallow, commercial music. They provide the “alternative” where talent and passion merge with meaning and sound - a place free from preconceived notions of how music should sound. They often find discerning audience members getting lost in moments of deep listening, mesmerised by the artful sound and impassioned performance, unaware of what is happening around them. They work hard in the studio, play hard on stage, and strive for consummate professionalism, no matter the occasion.
While The Color Blew has been together since 2014, their combined years of band experience total over 65 years. They are are a four piece outfit consisting of Liaan Horton (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) Marius Cronje (Bass Guitar) Timothy James Lotter (Lead Guitar) Armando Santos (Drums). They are based in the East Rand of Gauteng, South Africa, where they rehearse, create, record and produce their music in their own studio located in Springs.
Asking them to categorise their sound into one sub-genre of Rock music would be like asking a painter to use only one colour paint. Their music could be broadly considered Alternative Rock, but there are many more nuances. Their core material is heavily coloured by Grunge and Punk, and can be found on their debut album: THE CANVAS. Their newer music brings in the bright hues of Jazz and African beats, blended with meaningful lyrics. This is evident from their sophomore release LIGHT SWITCH.
Now, The Color Blew is back with a tribute to the immortal Queen and David Bowie with their rendition of ‘Under Pressure’. Timothy shares that “Under Pressure as a piece of music was more relevant to us than ever during the pandemic, and it became a vehicle for us to express how we thought the whole world was feeling. We now want to pay tribute to one of our favourite bands and biggest influences“
All in all, The Color Blew strives to create an evolving, distinctive sound on the vast canvas of South African music!
Armando Santos “For me it is an absolute pleasure to be part of The Color Blew and our journey to compile, record and release our own version of this legendary “Under Pressure” song from the iconic band Queen.”
Marius Cronje “Queen has always been one of my favourite bands growing up as a kid, and for us to be able to put our spin on an iconic song is an honour. I think the song today is just as, if not more powerful, and relevant than it has ever been, and I think that the message the song brings across is one that everyone can relate to. We need love. Love conquers all.”
Timothy Lotter “Under Pressure as a piece of music was more relevant to us than ever during the pandemic, and it became a vehicle for us to express how we thought the whole world was feeling. We now want to pay tribute to one of our favourite bands and biggest influences.“
Liaan Horton “The whole process of arranging, learning, and recording such a hugely important song, not just for us, but for the global music industry … was probably the most challenging musical endeavour I have ever been involved in. Trying to do these legends justice with our humble tribute has been a journey I won't soon forget and one that fills me with pride.“