LA Indie-Rock band, The Color Up is made up of very experienced musicians that have grown up in the Los Angeles music scene and have performed at well known venues in the Los Angeles area. Chivito, or otherwise known as Chevy is a Japanese Filipino singer-songwriter that was born in Manila, Philippines. Chevy and his family immigrated to Los Angeles to seek opportunities where he grew up in La Crescenta, California. Other band mate Lorenzo is an LA native and has had plenty of experience in the club scene. Lorenzo has been a part of numerous bands which has prepared him to be the drummer for The Color Up.
Their newest release “I Want More” is one out of four tracks on their EP self titled , “The Color Up”. The track starts off with hard intense guitar riffs full of distortion where it transports you straight to the underground LA music scene. Gritty vocals accompany the distorted riffs and rocking percussion. The guitar progression really gives the track a more gritty and raw feel reminiscent to classic rock but in a category of its own. Hints of influence of The Doors and The Black Keys can be heard throughout the song with its hard rock sound. If the Los Angeles underground music scene could be summed up in one song, this one would be it.
Listen to 'I Want More' on Spotify.
We had the chance to talk with the band about their new song, shows & more! Check it out below
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
We are a Los Angeles based indie blues rock duo. If you enjoy bands like The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Soundgarden, or Led Zeppelin then The Color Up will be your next obsession.
How long have you known each other? How did you meet?
We’ve been playing together for roughly a year as a duo. We met through our past manager Johnny Rico.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
The band members have changed throughout the last couple of years, with the exception of Chevy Nishinome. Circumstantially, the duo version of “The Color Up” has been the most successful of all the versions.
We absolutely love your new song 'I Want More'! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
“I Want More” (Chevy Nishinome) I write and compose the music and lyrics as therapy. I’m a respiratory therapist in downtown Los Angeles and have found peace in music composition. Seeing deaths and trauma weekly, I find balance in my life through my art & music.
Where did the inspiration behind this song come from?
My inspiration for the song came from needing a woman’s touch, love, and affection. Living by myself in East Los Angeles, the nights get lonely and music makes it a little easier.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
I prefer “all the ways” of getting my music to my fans. Although, CDs & Vinyl usually are more fun because it’s something tangible that usually comes with art & a personal touch. I remember buying my first albums and records. It was almost ceremonial looking at the art, pictures, and lyrics.
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
We are actually playing “Harvard & Stone” on Aug 29th Wednesday with Princess Frank, and The Obsolete Man. Our live performances are full of life and hard hitting. As a band, we come from a punk rock background and engage the audience as much as we can. I always find our album never amounting to our live shows cause it’s raw & organic!
What’s next for the band?
We’re getting ready for a www.wegotcbd.life festival [November 2-3rd at Jamil, San Diego] and a mini tour in Alaska next year in collaborations w/outofthebasement.rocks & www.outnorthradio.com/ KONR-LP 106.1 FM Anchorage, Alaska. We’re also in the midst of writing our next album, so make sure to watch our stories cause we live stream on IG our writing process lolz
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