[interview] COLOUR FACTION Releases Debut Self-Titled EP

[interview] COLOUR FACTION Releases Debut Self-Titled EP-Credit-Chris-Saunders

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders

COLOUR FACTION Releases Debut Self-Titled EP

In July 2017 the South African music scene was introduced to COLOUR FACTION with the release of their debut single, MARCO POLO and its music video.

The EP was officially recorded during December 2015 and January 2016, produced by Jacques Du Plessis and Adrian Erasmus at High Seas Studios, Johannesburg and mastered by Emily Lazar (who has worked with the likes of indie pop/rock darlings The Shins and Vampire Weekend) at The Lodge, New York City.

13th century explorers on the Silk Road; exotic dancers moonlighting as World War 1 spies; iconoclastic stars of the silver screen. These characters can all be found in the songs of Colour Faction frontman, Joshua.

“Story is where we came from. Story is where we’re going,” he says. “If our lives are like comic books or movies, we may find ourselves stuck between frames without a script. As a songwriter, I try to find meaning in those moments.”

Bassist Angelika, affectionately called Peach by her bandmates, cites classic artists like Warren Zevon and Paul Westerberg of the Replacements as writers who excelled at storytelling through song. “Their songs were so cinematic, so rich in detail. Smart pop arrangements and catchy hooks that you couldn’t get out of your head.”

Colour Faction’s debut self-titled EP is a testament to the “smart pop arrangements and catchy hooks” Peach is talking about.

“These songs deserve the best, and we got the best in Jacques, Adrian and Emily,” says guitarist Brad. “It’s been a challenge in the past to find the right musical collaborators, people who know how to bring out the best in us. But this time, we got it right.”

Drummer Shalom agrees. “We’re lucky to have three singers in the band. Jacques helped us craft some really intricate male/female vocal harmonies – that’s become our thing. Kinda like the New Pornographers and Mother Mother. Hardly anyone in indie rock is doing what those bands are doing.”

The EP is dedicated to Joshua’s dad Jon, a musician and teacher who passed away in 2014. “He ran a record store called ‘Street’ in the 80s and early 90s. At the time, he was one of the few people in SA importing bands like the Cure and the Pixies. I grew up surrounded by cutting-edge indie music – quite an education. If you go into any second-hand record store today, I guarantee you’ll find the little yellow ‘Street’ logo stuck to the back of a number of records.” He was the band’s biggest champion. “He taught me how to play bass,” says Peach. “It’s sad that he never got to hear the EP. We know he would’ve been proud. He’d always tell us: sing out, sing strong!”

The EP shows off their best attributes as a band: sophisticated pop arrangements, intricate vocal harmonies, smart lyrics and catchy hooks – great ingredients for a debut offering. The band decided to self-title the EP because they want people to remember the name COLOUR FACTION: Bright, confident and catchy, like the music itself.

[interview] COLOUR FACTION Releases Debut Self-Titled EP


  1. Dancing At a Party On a Saturday Night
  2. Marco Polo
  3. Talk to the Trees
  4. Somewhere Somehow I Lost Something
  5. Mata Hari & Me

Buy COLOUR FACTION here on iTunes!


[interview] COLOUR FACTION Releases Debut Self-Titled EP-Credit-Chris-Saunders

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders

MA: Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site!! Is everyone doing well today? 

Yes, thank you.

MA: Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of COLOUR FACTION?

We are Peach, Joshua, Brad and Shalom.

MA: Can you tell us who plays what part in the band? 

Peach play bass and sings, Joshua plays guitar and sings, Brad plays the mandolin and sings, and Shalom hits the skins.

MA: How/Where did you guys meet up to form this formidable team? 

Some of us go way back. We all share a mutual appreciation for smart, sophisticated indie pop/rock: the New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, the Shins, Spoon etc. With the EP, we’re throwing our hat in the ring.

MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”? 

Film, literature, history, and bands with beautiful, intricate vocal harmonies. 

MA: You are soon to be releasing your debut EP… What can we expect from this EP? 

Earworms galore!

MA: Can you pin point the song you most excited to be releasing on the EP?

“Marco Polo” and “Dancing at a Party on a Saturday Night.”

MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?

To paraphrase Neil Gaiman, we want to see more indie rock bands making good art. If that sounds pretentious, Noel Gallagher puts it another way: “You might want to write a decent chorus for a fuckin’ start.” Listeners need to step out of their comfort zones and take more chances on new artists.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention? 


MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about? 

Yes, but we’re not allowed to talk about it just yet.

MA: Where can we follow you on Social media? 

MA: Thanks for your time guys…!! 

And thank you.

Colour Faction – Marco Polo

Debut EP available for pre-order now: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album…

Directed by Joshua G. Ackerman
Cinematography by Brendan Barnes
Choreography by Alice Kok
Edited by William Kalmer@postmodernstudios.tv
Costumes by Joel Janse Van Vuuren
Hair & Makeup by Tiffany Wilson
Produced by Colour Faction


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