Back in November 2014, Derby post-hardcore boys Violet, with a heavy heart, devastated their constantly increasing fan base by announcing that they were unfortunately calling it a day. Now, over two years later and somewhat out of the blue, the majority of the band have come together and released a new EP, ‘Colours’.
It’s not exactly a comeback for the band; the clean vocals on this release are provided by Tezz Roberts of Pavilions, and the drumming was recorded before the band split then converted from MIDI for this release. However, that said, it’s good to have Violet back.
Opening number entitled ‘Stay’ reintroduces the band perfectly, with the ferocious screams of Charlie Bass storming in before the juxtaposition of Roberts‘ clean singing steals some focus, all the while living up to the very high standards set by Violet‘s previous singers, Jordan Samuel and Jonny Nelson.
This point is never made more clear than by huge hitting track ‘Happiness’, which sees Roberts belt out a huge performance throughout whilst keeping in line with Violet‘s reputation for delivering poignantly relatable lyrics, especially in regards to relationships and break-ups.
Later number, ’54’, sees the instrumental efforts of the band really shine through, despite great performances from the two vocalists, which, if the band don’t fully return, could demonstrate how much losing drummer Robbie George could affect the band.
Closer ‘Winter Living’ presents a different side to the band, a somewhat subdued and mellow track rounding off the record in a much calmer manner than ever before, which could be telling for their future.
Despite being overjoyed that Violet have somewhat returned, their fans will have to take this release with a pinch of salt. Using drumming recorded before the band initially broke up would imply that this EP is not new material. It isn’t a release that was massively promoted or hyped up, instead it was steadily released track-by-track without any announcements for a concrete future.
‘Colours’ is a great EP, but unfortunately it may be a swansong release that rounds off their career, but thankfully provides a bit of closure to their bitterly disappointed fans clinging onto an eventual reunion. Hopefully this isn’t the case, but if it is, thank you for everything Violet. It’s been a pleasure.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)