“Agony and Ecstasy” Post-Punk Art Rock, Seattle 1979-1982
By Leslie Snyder
Anger boils over in Seattle, Washington from a former independent post punk/art rock quartet called The Color Plates. The Color Plates formed in the late 1970’s and disbanded in the early 1980’s. This raucous quartet had a large following in Seattle’s underground music scene singing songs about living the life of a punk rocker. The Color Plates sound similar to The Ramones with their “snarling” vocals and loud, “gritty” punk rock riffs. The previously unreleased CD “Agony and Ecstasy” Post-Punk Art Rock, Seattle 1979-1982 was finally released on May 1, 2013 featuring twenty one “bone rattling” tracks that are definitely relevant to today’s music scene.
The ominous journey begins with the first track “Agony and Ecstasy.” This track features “groaning” vocals and “gritty” punk rock riffs. This track is an obnoxious tale about people partying all night then, paying for it later. Meanwhile, fun turns into darkness in the fourth track “Ornette.” This track is a dark instrumental track featuring “thunderous” drums and “snarling” post punk melodies. This track sounds like a huge monster “growling” and “stomping” through the streets of Seattle on a stormy night.
Finally, the ominous journey ends with heartache in the seventh track “Bye-Bye Johnny.” This track features “snarling” vocals and “thunderous” punk rock riffs. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a man who is upset because his girlfriend is leaving him because she is tired of being mistreated. However, the angry man feels like he is being mistreated.
The Color Plates were a great post punk/art rock quartet who lived the life of perfect punk rockers. The Color Plates did not care about pleasing the status quo this quartet only cared about making great music. The CD “Agony and Ecstasy” Post Punk Art Rock, Seattle 1979-1982 is a musical masterpiece.
Record Label: Green Monkey Records
Band Websites: http://www.presskit.to/thecolorplates
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