Deep breath: Strike The Colours return
After their TMF-rated 8/10 mini album, Strike The Colours return with a new single Breathing Exercise on 21 September, with an album to follow soon after.
No stranger to the wild and wonderful music industry, Jenny Reeve, who heads up the richly
provocative Glaswegian folk-inspired combo Strike The Colours, delivers a soaring
birdsong-like vocal for this outstandingly dreamy single, captured perfectly [to his credit] by
Paul Savage [Delgados, Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Brakes, The Phantom Band and The
Twilight Sad, etc.].
Due for release in the height of summer and craftily scheduled to
circumnavigate Jenny’s commitments as part of Malcolm Middleton’s band, the two track
record, “Breathing Exercise” [co-written by Jenny with Davey McAulay] bw “Rusted”,
faultlessly captures everything amazing and beautiful about this time of year, whilst hinting at
the deeper, more mysteriously darkly stuff that Strike The Colours is about.
The single follows their debut ep “The Face That Sunk A Thousand Ships” and serves as a
precursor to the forthcoming album “Seven Roads” slated for release a few weeks after this
single hits the streets. With fans in the media like BBC 6music’s Marc Riley, BBC Radio 1
Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Janice Forsyth, this record is set to get excellent exposure.
Of Strike The Colours, Jenny explains that ‘The band can involve many or few’. Live or
recorded you may hear a stripped-back acoustic ensemble where ‘the material is more
expressive’ or be privy to the full line-up of pivotal contributors, made up of long-standing
musical friendships that shape the band and fashion the sound; bassist Gareth Russell
[Idlewild], Davey McAulay [Terra Diablo], Stevie Jones [ex El Hombre Trajeado], Jonny
Scott [Emma Pollock, Take A Worm For A Walk Week] and Jamie Savage. Jenny says
‘[the full band] …allows the songs to breathe differently and become more dynamic’.
Jenny was originally a founding member of indie outfit Eva. Since then, her vocal/ violin/
guitar and piano talents have been exploited by Snow Patrol, Idlewild, Arab Strap, Union
of Knives and The Reindeer Section to name a few, not forgetting Malcolm Middleton
[Arab Strap], both in the studio and live.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 19:03:19