A Thousand Colours Returns With 'The River' EP
October 11th, 2013 4:17pm EDT
Texas-based rockers A Thousand Colours are back, celebrating the release of their new EP The River. BFTV recently checked in with the band's front man, the always entertaining Kenyon Puntenney, to find out how the band has been getting on since we met them last year, and what happened in this picture.
"We've had quite a lot going," Kenyon explained. "We just ended up making a music video. We were on TV here in town. Other than that, I made a decision to also personally do music completely full-time, so now I'm in two bands. For me, it's busy, and for the band, I think we've kind of hit a coasting spot. We've got some music out there, we got a video, and I'm not exactly sure what's next. I'd really love to do a [full] record. We're just kind of looking forward. The doors are wide open."
"For the EP, what I'm particularly proud of is that it was a step up from our last EP," he continued. "There's a lot more honesty. There's a lot more creativity; the writng process was really easy. Paul [Pelc] and I trade off a lot more vocals; there's more of a relationship vocally per song than there was on the last EP."
Listeners will also find a personal point of pride for Kenyon in this collection. "There's a song called 'The River,' it's probably the most important song, most personal to me that I've ever written. It details a conversation I had with my father before he passed away," he told us. "If there's ever a song that just kind of wrapped up what i wanted A Thousand Colours to be about, it's probably 'The River' that wraps that up for me. and I feel like all the guys nailed their parts."
He went on to explain that when it comes to releasing new music, the band doesn't spend too much time strategizing. "I know that there's people out there calculating the right mark and the right season and who's going to buy what at the best time," he said. "but we're unsigned, we're not surfing the big waves of uber pop stars, so we don't really have to play by the same rules. I'm kind of the opinion that if you have music, and it's current to what you're writing at the time, you just need to get it out there. When the world doesn't know who you are, you have to have material available. I was like 'Let's just get it out there.'"
"We're not really a gimmick band," Kenyon continued. "We just want to write the best music we can and we want to make it as available as possible."
Then there's the little matter of their recent video for the song 'New Colors,' which is the cause of the rather colorful photo above. "The video, it's a pinnacle for me. It's not the first video that I've been in but for this band it's very important. I feel like the concept and the artwork and all the things we wanted to achieve really got achieved in this video," he told us. "It was one of the most fun times I've had in a long time. The director was awesome. We had a bunch of kids literally make us into a piece of art."
You can check out the video below.
While A Thousand Colours would obviously like it if continued success found them, we feel comfortable in saying it'll never go to their heads. Kenyon revealed they didn't even plan a major celebration for The River's release. "I kind of believe we're a little bit too modest for our own good," he said. "There's some bands that make Facebook events and they have parties and all this kind of stuff. We kind of want to just politely [say] 'Hey, here's our stuff, check it out.'
"The way I celebrated, I got with all my friends and I got smashed," he admitted. "That's not original at all. It was kind of like 'Okay, we got that out.'"
A Thousand Colours' EP The River is out now.
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