One of the members of this year's Absolute 100, Boston's Lansdowne were named the first prize...
"They were a band looking for a singer and I was a singer looking for a band." explains Alex Lawhon, easily summarizing the assembly of the four individuals that would become known as Colourslide. "We had some fantastic songs and more importantly extremely lofty, maybe bordering egocentric, notions that this collaboration would become noteworthy," Lawhon continues. So, before ever playing a proper show together, the band booked studio time in North Carolina and decided they would record a full-length album. "It was backwards thinking I suppose a record first, then shows and touring but it seemed to be the most natural thing for us at the time make a great record, then go promote the hell out it." This "backwards" philosophy paid off.
After debuting to a sold out room (thanks to relentless advertising and word of mouth) in their hometown of Gainesville, FL, Colourslide released their eponymous debut, which quickly went to number one at Awarestore.com. The record received extensive radio airplay throughout the south and was subsequently licensed to ESPN, MTV, Oxygen and E!. To date it has received over thirty television spots with many millions of viewers. "The overwhelmingly positive reactions and accolades received from the CD were quite unexpected," says guitarist Dean Newman, "Not because we didn't believe that it was great, but because it happened extremely fast and was so universally enthusiastic." The praises that Newman are referring to are the "Maxell Song of the Year" award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the Lawhon/Newman penned "Wake Up Call". Billboard magazine featured the band on the back cover of its August 2nd issue for the win. Then Colourslide was the premium unsigned band in the world by Gretsch Guitars as part of their 125th Anniversary celebration. "The relationships we have made with all of these organizations have been tremendously rewarding and anything but fleeting. They really believe in the band," Newman continues.
2008 saw Colourslide performing on the Vans Warped Tour, a stop at Summerfestin Milwaukee, shows at Irving Plaza and The High line Ballroom in New York, festival dates in the Carolinas and a headlining show for ESPN in Connecticut. Somehow through all of this traveling the band managed to record its sophomore album and spend a month in Los Angeles mixing with legendary producer Jack Joseph Puig at Ocean Way Studios. "Everybody's Right About Everybody" was mastered by the incomparable Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering in Maine.
When asking the band about the remarkable achievements they've garnered in such a short time Lawhon states, "The three things that every great band has are a resolute love of their art, extraordinary songs, and a mind blowing live show. I think we have all of those things...apparently I'm not the only one."
"Everybody's Right About Everybody" was released on January 19th and is available on iTunes and beyond. They have arrived.