Sean Kirkpatrick and Jesse Coppenbarger have gone through a lot of ups and downs with their band Colour Revolt. That’s why the duo pressed on after most of the group bowed out last year.
The indie-rock band’s back and it’s stronger than ever. The new and improved touring version of Colour Revolt features Brooks Tipton on keyboards, Patrick Ryan on drums and Luke White on bass.
Who: Colour Revolt, with Fellow Citizens
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Club 156, University Memorial Center, CU campus
Colour Revolt fuses earthy tribal sounds with lush indie-rock grooves, and the band’s energetic live shows have critics comparing the act to The Arcade Fire. Friday, the group plays the University of Colorado’s Club 156.
“This band’s had a passion for writing music and playing songs,” guitarist/vocalist Kirkpatrick said. “We started playing local shows and it snowballed from there. We kept getting more and more fans.
“We have elements of rock, the blues and progressive rock, and we reflect those different perspectives in the music.”
Word spread about Colour Revolt, and the band was asked to tour with indie acts Dinosaur Jr, Okkervil River, Menomena and Manchester Orchestra.
The band also had its fair share of trials and tribulations.
Colour Revolt was in the midst of recording its debut EP when Hurricane Katrina dealt a blow to the project.
“We were in Jackson, Miss., and half the city’s power was out,” Kirkpatrick said. “We were competing with power issues down there, so we moved to different locations to finish the record.
“We never saw that as an obstacle, because we knew we had to get the record out. It was a challenge to work amongst all that chaos.”
Colour Revolt had a successful run, but in 2009 the band faced another crossroads. Three band members amicably left to pursue other goals, so Kirkpatrick and Coppenbarger forged on to find new players.
“The band members that left wanted to take different directions in their lives,” Kirkpatrick said. “It was weird at first, because we didn’t know anybody else we could play with. We had all been best friends.
“It felt like a break-up you’d have in a relationship. Jesse and I realized that we wanted to keep playing music, so we found these other guys. Now the band feels tighter and we have a good chemistry.”
Colour Revolt wanted to name its new CD after the band’s rebirth, so the group titled the record, The Cradle. The album delves into personal issues and tales from the road, and reveals all the skeletons in the band’s closet.
“This record is supposed to be a statement about starting again,” Kirkpatrick said. “It proves we’re still in it, and we want to play for people and write songs. We’re back.
“The song lyrics address things that happened to us. There’s a theme about overcoming obstacles — and we cover all the bases sonically. Some songs are quiet, and some songs are booming and loud.”
Colour Revolt has a special concert perk for its audiences. If you purchase an advance ticket for Club 156, you’ll get a free download card and score the band’s new music.
“It motivates people to come to the shows and it’s a good deal,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’re going to bring all we can to Boulder.”