The first emphasis track, 'The Weakest' is already at a strong advantage, muscling into mainstream Modern Rock radio specialty shows and crossing over to regular playlists. In the mean time, the band is making The View From Above available in advance at www.colorwall.com. "Because we've already been getting good airplay, I want to make the CD available to people who go through the effort of searching it down, so they don't have to wait for it for three months," Burgee says. A smart executive decision as the head of the band's own label, Lazy Suzan Records (named for Color Wall's previous incarnation when they towered over the Maryland music scene). Again bridging the indie-mainstream gap, Color Wall's not-so-lazy Lazy Suzan has been offered a major distribution deal from ADA via Warner Bros.
Records. "We're a really optimistic band, and I named The View From Above for checking out life and the world from a higher state of mind," Burgee reveals. It's always a risky proposition to record a cover of a hit song, but Color Wall, noted for their bold musical ingenuity, took a creative leap of faith with the Cars' 'Just What I Needed,' giving it new life with their vibrant interpretation. "I wanted to use a song that we could do a really good job with, and play it faster than it was originally," explains Burgee, who likes to throw out any one of several hundred cover songs in the middle of Color Wall's more than 1100 gigs so far. "It's a live thing. We've never just gone for the popular radio song, either, but we'd pick crowd pleasers and do them in our own style." The band's credibility as musicians and performers caught the attention of high-profile singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, who played bass with Color Wall when an original member left L.A. "Our first bass player had to move to Colorado, and Pete had just moved to L.A., had seen us play a couple times, and really liked what we were doing," Burgee recalls. "He said that he had always wanted to play bass in a band, and that he would love to play with us." As for The View From Above, Burgee spent a year perfecting its vision, pulling songs from the previous EPs Blue and Red, and writing and recording new ones. "There are moments along the record, and moments along our career that have been hot, that have been red, that have been in-your-face, on-stage, bringing on a two-guitar attack with a bass guitar with a fuzz pedal on it, blowing you away, super bright," Burgee describes, "and then there are times when we really back off of that and get dreamy and shoe-gazery, and be a tranquil blue.
This album is a combination of the two, so if our music is a color, this album is purple." See it with your ears... (Source: http://www.colorwall.com/information.htm) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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