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Fighting Colours


Meet Brighton’s rising alt-rock rebels…

Fighting Colours is a modern rock outfit based on the stony shores of Brighton. Formed in 2020, the four-piece are united by a desire to crank up the volume and embrace heady emotion in Brighton’s alt-rock scene. Their skilful balance of off-kilter rhythms, hard-hitting riffs and lyrics that feel truly confessional means there really is something for everyone at a Fighting Colours gig.

Fighting Colours’ previous single releases showcase the variety of their sound. Recently celebrating its year anniversary is ‘A Billion Smiles’, a track that defies the monochrome expectations of the alt-rock scene. Listeners are treated to lyrics of real devotion as the optimistic hook “life is what you make it” shines against twinkling riffs from guitarist Pete Ferris. On the other hand, ‘To The Bone’, the band’s single debut, roars into life with the screech of overdrive and a hard-hitting riff that’s equal parts catchy and complex. The finishing solo on this release shows the band can serve up a straight shot of rock ferocity – no chaser.

New single ‘Your Choice Now’ is a live favourite, closing out many Fighting Colours shows on a note of heartfelt empowerment. As the title suggests, Your Choice Now is all about choices, and the uncertainty surrounding those decisions made at critical moments that can completely alter the plot of someone’s life story.

You’ll hear their heavier influences in the track’s anthemic sound, including thundering drums and insistent riffs. Meanwhile, the vocals tend soaring and melodic, lyrics filled with drama and pathos ringing proudly beside a stormy sonic backing. It’s a culmination of the time Fighting Colours have taken to hone their style.

‘The Boat Starts To Shake’ continues the thread that began in ‘Your Choice Now’, sharing its themes of uncertainty after life-altering decisions. Here you’ll find a few of the quirky time signatures that set the Fighting Colours discography apart: a sonic unsteadiness to match the instability described in their trademark storytelling lyrics.

‘The Boat Starts To Shake’ and ‘Your Choice Now’ can both be heard on Fighting Colours’ debut EP. Set to be released on the 25th of November, the EP spans the wide range of influences and lyrical topics the band have set their lofty sights on. These topics include prescient commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic, an issue that the 20/20 vision of hindsight won’t allow many of us to forget. “The Cure was written during the peak of the covid pandemic,” says vocalist Jasmine. “[The lyrics were] a response to how the government handled lockdown and restrictions, speaking about lies, confusion, deceit, inequality, and corruption.” ‘

‘Wishing Well’ is a song about being alone and vulnerable. The lyrics tell an emotive story of wandering alone in a forest, trapped in a nightmare, and you can almost picture each scene through the descriptions. It could be interpreted in many ways, but it is mainly about how loneliness can absorb you and bring so much pain, being stuck inside your own head.” Of the track, ‘Wishing Well’, which returns to the band’s heavier roots with moody ambience, frontwoman Jasmine says:

‘Wishing Well’ is a song about being alone and vulnerable. The lyrics tell an emotive story of wandering alone in a forest, trapped in a nightmare, and you can almost picture each scene through the descriptions. It could be interpreted in many ways, but it is mainly about how loneliness can absorb you and bring so much pain, being stuck inside your own head.”

Fighting Colours – Wishing Well

Fighting Colours – The Boat Starts To Shake

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