share new single “Bitter Sweet”
Debut EP Blighty out 15th June
“Building to a raging climax complete with slick riffs, it’s a riotous blast of sound that’ll hit your ears with its defiant ferocious force.” Get In Her Ears on “Bitter Sweet”
“a melee of crackling guitars riffs, thunderous drumming and power-pop hooks.” The 405 on “Blighty”
“Live, the band are a blur of fresh ideas and quicksilver riffs, songs that explode then dissipate in the blink of an eye.” Clash Music
Following on from their blistering first single, “Blighty”, Brixton’s Coltana have just shared their latest single, the ferocious “Bitter Sweet” via Get In Her Ears who wrote, “Propelled by whirring hooks and front-woman Cat’s impassioned spoken word vocals, it races with a thrashing energy and the band’s trademark refreshing brutal honesty.”
Of the track, Cat explains: “‘Bitter Sweet’ has all the ingredients that Coltana like to cook with. Light and heavy dynamics, spoken word-esq vocals followed by sing along choruses and a guitar solo thrown in for good measure. This song packs a punch but manages to push and pull the listener in the right direction at every juncture.”
Out June 15th on Poeticat Presents, Blighty is Coltana’s debut EP – a record that captures the band at the start of their ambitious and expansive sound.
Blighty’s self-titled first single serves to look deeper at the psychological conditioning of British people to whom Martindale vows ‘I’ll never be like you’. It is a heavy rock anthem which evokes the 90’s brit-rock of Skunk Anansie.
The two founding members Cat Martindale (vox) and Blake Kenrick (guitar) started out experimenting with rap and heavy metal, the pair’s respective passions, in a previous project entitled Poeticat. The addition of the jazz and pop elements provided by Lucien Blisset (bass) and Danni Soggia (drums) has created the truly unique and strangely addictive sound that is Coltana.
Martindale’s unrelenting RATM – like vocals confronts another irritation in the fast-paced indie punk incarnation that is “Break Her” which was released last year. This song comes with a video produced by My Dad’s Bigger Than Yours; the gang marketing Momentum.
“Waiting for The Storm” takes on a lighter indie rock incarnation with a chorus reminiscent of Rainbow and a Maccabees style jangly outro. This song allows Kenrick’s guitar playing more time to breathe and gives the audience a catchy vocal hook to sing along to.
“Fuck Those Fuckers” is a brutal bluesy garage-rock song showcasing the band’s ability to change pace and keep their intention.
And finally; “Bitter Sweet” the perfect Coltana blend – rapped verses and a catchy chorus describing the monotonous yet addictive nature of long term relationships. It describes the struggle between loving someone and a desire to be oneself again, independent of partnership.
The sleek production on Blighty, achieved by Xavier Stevenson of Editors and 30 Seconds to Mars, allows Coltana to package their pioneering sound in an easily digestible format.
The five songs on Blighty showcase Coltana’s variety and let us sample the avenues they have ahead. Its unrelenting pace echoes the band’s live performances which catapult fans into Coltana’s world.
Don’t miss the band on tour next month – more dates to be announced shortly:
3rd June – The Windmill, London
8th June – Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury, London
9th June – Aclam Village, Portobello Market, London (at 4pm)
15th June – Audio, Glasgow
16th June – The Bobbin, Lancaster
17th June – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham