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You first heard The Color Waves on EardrumsPop’s collaboration compilation “Between Two Waves – The Second Wave”, with the beautiful song “Adjustments”. Since then, Alison Eales and Garry Hoggan have been joined by Jason Sweeney on drums, and that makes the line-up of The Color Waves the same as their old band All My Friends. They are currently working on their debut EP, and according to the band, their new music is a bit different than what they did as All My Friends.

When we made Between Two Waves, we interviewed Alison and Garry, but only some quotes were published in the album-booklet. Here is the full interview. First, let’s hear The Color Waves’ “Adjustments”:

So, Garry and Alison, – It has been a long time since All My Friends, and now one of you live in Glasgow, Scotland and the other in Buffalo, New York – how was it to work together again?

Garry: It’s very satisfying to write together after so long: we hadn’t worked together for six years or so. It’s a happy occasion for me, both personally and musically. We tried approaching the process in a different way than when we’ve worked together previously. It was partly a conscious decision and partly because there’s now however-many-thousand miles between us! Nonetheless, it felt familiar.

Alison: Because we had worked together before, we hit the ground running!

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Tell us the story about “Adjustments”, – the process and how it was made!

Alison: Garry approached me about collaborating on some new material, and sent me a batch of new songs he had been working on.  We agreed that this one was a strong contender for the compilation. The lyrics were borne out of various words and phrases I had had going around my head for a while.  Turning them into something cohesive felt like completing a difficult puzzle.

Garry: I hadn’t been doing much musically for quite a while. Years. I knew I should have been, but it just never came together. Last year I started pushing myself back to into the process, making little songs and half-finishing recordings. This was my first song written with Alison in mind.

How did the two of you meet?

Garry: We met many moons ago at a monthly indie pop club we both used to go to. I’m too old for dancing now. We’ve been in a couple bands together previously, and she’s my favorite person to write with: this compilation gave us a chance to revisit that. 

Alison: We met at a Glasgow club night called National Pop League, and became firm friends after discovering a mutual love of They Might Be Giants and Homestar Runner.  I enjoy working with Garry because we each admire what the other does, but also know how to make suggestions and compromises.

Your project name – is there a story behind the choice?

Garry: We wanted to wash away the old All My Friends name and start anew, because we want this to be different. I saw the name on an old vintage camera lens at a time when I was grasping desperately for a name I wouldn’t hate after five minutes: I took it as a sign.

Apart from The Color Waves and All My Friends, Alison and Garry have played together in Butcher Boy, a band many of EardrumsPop’s listeners should be familiar with.

Follow The Color Waves on Facebook to get news about the process of making their new EP.

Some years ago, Alison Eales also made a lovely EP on EardrumsPop. You can listen to it or download it for free here, or if you prefer Spotify, it’s there as well.

 

And here’s a track by their old band, Butcher Boy: