"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 amazing, 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 it’s August 2nd issue for the win. Then being chosen as the premium unsigned band in the world by Gretsch Guitars as part of their 125th Anniversary celebration. "The relationships we have made with both of these organizations have been tremendously rewarding and anything but fleeting. The companies really believe in the band," Newman continues.
2008 saw Colourslide performing on the Vans Warped Tour, a stop at Summerfest in Milwaukee, shows at Irving Plaza and The Highline 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.
Everybody's Right About Everybody debuted in the spring of 2011.
Gregory Robson at Absolute Punk had this to say about the record:
"These days, finding a disc without filler is nearly impossible and yet in just four years Colourslide have now penned two albums with very, if any flaws. Markedly more confident, precise, and daring than the band's self-titled debut, Everybody's Right About Everybody is a richly textured, wholly engrossing work of staggering power. Though it's lofty to say, listening to this disc feels like listening to U2 in the early 80’s. There’s just something that screams mega-hit potential. While some may sell it short for its visible Top 40 leanings, the band at its core features big, reaching, grandiose, arena-rock songs a la U2, Remy Zero and The Killers.
Thankfully though the band has a bit of indie bent to their songs. There’s tons of cinematic Britpop guitars, bombastic drumming and a large sonic wall of sound that brings to mind Elbow’s Cast of Thousands and Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. In the end, what separates bands from their contemporaries is their ability to possess magnetism, cohesion and confidence. On Everybody's Right About Everybody, Colourslide effortlessly weaves all three attributes together and has crafted one of the more memorable modern rock releases of the year. It is in a word: riveting."
Itching to get back into the studio, the band has spent most of the summer at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium working on the follow up EP to "Everybody's Right About Everybody." A fall release is planned.