A Lack Of Colour is the brain child of Scotland’s own Kevin Walls. You may know the name as he was the frontman of the short lived alt-rock act, MakethisRelate. The band is on an extended hiatus so the three members can focus on their own projects, so wee Kevin ventured off on his own and produced this little EP, titled ‘My Life & 8mm’.
‘My Life & 8mm’ is 6 slices of soft alt-pop that have been soaked in Kevin‘s Scottish accent and prepared with care and attention. Imagine the softer side of Jimmy Eat World and Biffy Clryo and you have A Lack Of Colour. Or, perhaps you could think of them as a stripped down version of Kevin‘s old band, MakethisRelate.
Though I’m not sure it was what Kevin was after, but this EP makes ideal background music for any situation. There’s a track called ‘Glow’, which has a quaint ambient yet melancholic vibe to it that would set the mood perfectly for one of those shitty romance films where the guy/girl is looking longingly at their crush and realising it was never meant to be. Then you have the other end of the spectrum with ‘The Best Of Me’, which is a happy and upbeat number, the kind of music you hear during the getting-ready-to-go-out bits of Hollyoaks or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I think).
There’s a track (well, I say track but it’s more of a filler, which on an EP is not a good thing) called ‘A Gap In Our Memory’ which is a flaccid non-entity of a song with no words and is just some long drawn out noise/chord that goes on for a minute, accomplishes nothing and just isn’t needed. Though it’s not unpleasant to listen to, it is essentially a drone and a pretentious waste of track space.
Never the Less, ‘My Life & 8mm’ is a pleasant EP to listen to and, though there may not be anything too original on here, it’s nice to hear someone making decent music at a level that rivals the big acts in the field of alt-rock. So, if you’re a fan of the Scottish accent and enjoy a pleasant piece of alt-rock, look no further.
Written by Andy Roberts