Posts Tagged ‘Colourmusic’

Column: R.I.P albums

October 27, 2010
  • Check out this column Stillwater resident and Colourmusic rocker Colin Fleishacker wrote for The O’Colly. It’s a smart reminder of how albums were meant to be enjoyed.

The album as we know it is dying.

Since the inception of the iPod in the early 2000s, music listeners the world over have fallen victim to a hindrance destroying the way music is meant to be enjoyed, compliments of shuffle settings and 160-gigabyte MP3 players: aural ADHD.

There are three fundamental traits an individual with ADHD conveys: distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity-according to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association’s website.

Thanks to the evolution of music listening devices, these three traits have become a part of every music fan’s life, including mine.

In 2003, my dad gave me my first iPod on my 20th birthday. I felt more blessed than Israelites receiving manna from heaven above, now owning 20 GB of free space on which to put all of my favorite albums. The possibilities were endless.

After a few months, the newness of my relationship with my pocket-sized partner began to fade a bit. It was no longer enough to simply listen to an album all the way through.

I needed customized playlists and shuffle settings to appease the need for uniqueness. I searched endlessly for the perfect musical moments to encapsulate every second of my life.



Feature: Colourmusic columnist calls local musicians to arms

September 1, 2010

Colin Fleishacker playing at a Stillwater house show.

This column was written by Colourmusic bassist Colin Fleishacker. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a journalism degree in news-editorial. Also, he knows how to rock.

In August 2001, I was a terrified and excited freshman at Oklahoma State University. Terrified because I was alone for the first time in my life without my mother’s guiding hand, and excited because I was alone for the first time in my life without my mother’s guiding hand.

Throughout my college career, my life changed. I think everyone who is in college or has graduated from a university can agree that it is a life-altering experience, if one allows it to be.

Though most can relate to this statement, my metamorphosis came from a place outside of classrooms and textbooks: My alteration manifested from local music.

In 2001, Stillwater was a different beast than it is today. When I walked to class, I stepped on sidewalk chalkings informing those who cared of frat parties with Cross Canadian Ragweed and the Red Dirt Rangers headlining at the Wormy Dog Saloon.

Red-dirt country music ruled this fair city with a cattle-prod-filled fist.

Most of these red-dirt groups have gone on to play their music for the masses in bigger cities across the country, and Stillwater should be proud to have helped nurture them.

Having said that, for a freshman living in a musical world populated by Radiohead, The Strokes and Sigur Ros, this was utter torture.

From left is Nic Ley and Colin Flieshacker of Colourmusic. The air conditioning obviously wasn't working well.

Even on the “rock” side of the Stillwater music scene, things were just as bleak nine years ago. There was but one band with any prominence: The All-American Rejects. Blah.

Fast-forward nearly a decade to the local indie-music scene we live in today.

Other Lives, formerly known as Kunek, is recording its third full-length and Mayola is readying the release of its debut album.

Deerpeople recently released its first E.P., and Colourmusic, which I am proud to be a member of, is releasing its sophomore album internationally in early 2011.

Not too bad for a town immersed in country music nearly a decade ago, right?

Well, kind of.

I’m proud to have helped create a worthwhile music scene in this town, but one thing is definitely missing: new blood.

There was a period of roughly four years, let’s say from 2004 to 2008, where at least one new band emerged annually, enlightening listeners with eclectic shades of local independent music.

Well guess what? The artists who were a part of that four-year period are still doing what they do best. The only problem with this statement is that they’re the only ones doing anything musical in this town.

The last new band I can remember someone telling me to listen to was Deerpeople. That was two years ago.

Where the hell are the new bands in this town? I’m ready for someone to aurally assault me with a new sound created by someone who isn’t over the age of 22.

Come on kiddos, I know you’ve got it in you. It’s a good thing to play in front of people. Don’t be shy.

This column is not just an opinion, but also a call to arms to all the musicians on this campus.

We’ve come a long way from the pearl-snap western shirt days of 2001, and now it’s up to you to make sure we don’t lose what little we have to call a music scene in this town.

Get out there and play. It will change your life. I promise.

House Show Video: Colourmusic playing “We Shall Wish (Use Your Adult Voice)” and “Tog”

August 30, 2010

NMF VIDEO UPDATE: Colourmusic playing at The Opolis

April 26, 2010

LIVE MUSIC UPDATE: A Stillwater enthusiast’s fail-proof guide to NMF3

April 23, 2010

Courtesy Adam Kemp/Daily O'Collegian

The 3rd annual Norman Music Festival boasts roughly 170 bands and several Stillwater artists performing in downtown Norman on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, 25,000 people swarmed the streets of Norman for a day of live music and the festival doubled its length this year for no extra price (it’s still free).

In hopes everyone from Stillwater has a safe voyage, here’s a fail-proof schedule for the festival.


  • 3:20 p.m. Copperheads @ Guestroom Records

    The zombie off-spring of The Ramones. All the noise without any of the movement.

    • 5:10 p.m. The Boom Bang @ Guestroom Records

    Expect more fireworks than the Fourth of July and that’s not a metaphor. Wear safety goggles to this show.

    • 10:15 p.m. The Burning Hotels @ Blackwatch Studios

    Pop rock at it’s best. Glad to see one of my DFest highlights back in Oklahoma.

    • 11 p.m. Colourmusic @ Opolis

    The best chance to catch a band from Stillwater destroying the Norman Music Festival in the loudest and most gnarly way possible.

    • 12 p.m. Octopus Project @ Opolis

    Psychedelic Austin natives will weave a web of unforgettable synth beats and noise. Wear plenty of tie-dye.


    • 12:50 p.m. Mayola @ Main Stage

    It’s an early show, but this set will rattle buildings all the way to Bricktown.

    • 2:30 p.m. Jabee @ Main Stage

    The face of hip hop in Oklahoma is sure to please the masses.

    • 3:30 p.m. Brother Bear @ Opolis

    Stillwater’s weirdest sounding band, but luckily it’s a good thing

    • 4 p.m. The Rum Fellows @ Bill and Dees Stage

    They dress like pirates and sing pirate songs. I’m serious.

    • 4:45 p.m. OK Sweetheart @ Blackwatch Studios Stage

    The most beautiful voice in this festival. Hands down.

    • 5 p.m. Those Darlins  @ Jagermeister Stage

    The least beautiful voices at the festival. But this garage trio is my pick of the festival.

    • 5:30 p.m. DEERPEOPLE @ Opolis

    The most improved and hardest working band in Oklahoma. Happy to know the band is from Stillwater.

    • 6 p.m. Sherree Chamberlain @ The Brewhouse Stage

    The perfect chance to relax and enjoy beautiful sounds from an OSU graduate.

    • 7 p.m. The Non and Cloud Collision Orchestra @ Sooner Theater Stage

    The most necessary stop at the festival. An orchestra backing a local band is unheard of and The Non can pull it off flawlessly. Oh, and bring your own lasers.

    • 9:30 p.m. Dirty Projectors @ Main Stage

    Hipsters unite. It’s the moment your record player and you have been waiting for. Arrive early because the streets will be packed for this year’s main headliner.

    VIDEO UPDATE: Colourmusic playing “Tog” at Project Gallery

    April 17, 2010

    VIDEO UPDATE: Colourmusic playing “Siren Song” in Denton

    April 15, 2010

    • “Pink” is the new “Orange”

    This was from last month when Stillwater band Colourmusic played the nx35 music festival in Denton. Quite the departure from the tunes on  Colourmusic’s “Orange” album.

    • Go outside…

    Because there’s no reason to be bored in Stillwater tonight. Colourmusic is playing at Project Gallery tonight at 10. It’s an all ages show and it’s $7 at the door.

    STILLWATER LIVE SHOW UPDATE: April 15 – April 17

    April 14, 2010


    Colourmusic @ Project Gallery $7 (all ages) 10 p.m.


    Flatland Travelers @ The Flats FREE SHOW (all ages) 7 p.m.


    Mayola and DEERPEOPLE @ College Bar $5 (21 and up) 10 p.m.

    Boom Bang with The Copperheads and The Numerators @ Vault $5 (all ages) 10 p.m.

    2010 predictions and anticipations in the music world

    January 11, 2010

    I wrote this little story for the Daily O’Collegian.

    Although I just regained the ability to construct full sentences after the Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs exploded my mind at their third annual New Year’s Eve Freakout in Oklahoma City, I’m still going to pull myself together to make music predictions for 2010.

    On the grand scale, I’d like to see Kanye West make an album that’s fun to hear. If I have to listen to one more depressing roboballad, then I’ll drown my laptop in the bathtub with little remorse. Speaking of West, 2010 will be the end of the auto tune.

    It will occur when Owl City of “Fireflies” fame will auto tune an already auto tuned song. The results will be fatal and fiery, but will sound only OK.

    On a more local level, I hope every artist I mention will be household names by the end of the semester.

    The Non, an instrumental quartet from Oklahoma City, will release one of the smartest and most interesting albums of the year. “Tadaima” comes out next week, so luckily the world doesn’t have to wait long.

    The new songs are so technical they could puzzle a dozen engineers, but they’re also as accessible as bad food from Taco Mayo. Make sure to give The Non a listen.

    Stillwater acts Colourmusic and Other Lives have new albums in the works.

    Colourmusic’s upcoming “Pink” album is going to freak people out in the best way possible. The upbeat, sing-a-long style of the old Colourmusic is swallowed in a single gulp by a loud, bold rock style.

    Simply put, Colourmusic now sounds mean and that’s good.

    After our ears recover from Colourmusic, they can find comfort in Other Lives. The Stillwater natives traveled throughout the U.S. last year and even played Lollapalooza in Chicago.

    Expect more soulful, melodic tunes from Other Lives this year.

    As far as live shows, make sure to check out Taddy Porter, The Boom Bang and The Pretty Black Chains if you want your socks rocked off.

    To relax, check out Sherree Chamberlain, The Uglysuit and Ali Harter, who’s playing in Stillwater at the end of this month.

    It’s freezing now, but all this music should keep you warm.

    “on.” episode 11 – Colourmusic

    November 4, 2009
    • INTERVIEW with Colourmusic (From left is Colin Fleishacker, Ryan Hendrix and Nic Ley in the band’s downtown Stillwater studio)

    David Bowie would be so proud of Stillwater’s Colourmusic.

    After playing an altered version of  its “Winter Song” and covering The Beatles’  “Long, Long, Long” with fellow Stillwater-native band Other Lives, the men of Colourmusic sat down for an “on.” interview.

    The band discussed how it’s changing almost everything about its sound.

    Playing live has morphed the folk-rock sound from its debut “Orange” album into a sound that’s as experimental as a dozen episodes of “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

    The band’s pink album is being wrapped up and the new songs are a scuzzy, fuzzy blessing.

    Here’s a reminder of the band’s softer sound before it’s gone.

    • SONG ONE and TWO – “Wedding Song” and “Long, Long, Long” featuring Colourmusic and Other Lives