Brown is the Colour

by Winter

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about

The first stirrings of what became Naevus can be traced back to the first musical attempts of a trio consisting of Lloyd James, Joanne Owen and Dominic O’Connor (later known as Dominic Silver) in London during 1995 and 1996. Drastically slowed-down cover versions of songs such as Buzzcocks’ ‘Boredom’ and The Stooges’ ‘Not Right’ were attempted alongside the group’s rather formless own material, which included an embryonic version of ‘Oracle, Oracle’.

In 1997, a slightly more disciplined approach was attempted and, for practicality’s sake, the drum machine that would last through to the second Naevus album, Soil, was introduced. By this time, roles were defined, with Lloyd as lyricist and vocalist, Joanne as bassist and Dominic as guitarist, while composition emerged from various combinations of the members. In March 1997, Lloyd and Joanne invested in a 4-track recording device and the trio put together a cassette of three songs, choosing the title of the cassette, Winter, as the name for their group. By this time, Dominic had moved away from London to his native Cheshire (later moving on to Wookey Hole), so, after appearing on a goth compilation in May and releasing a further Winter cassette in August, necessity dictated that the trio become a duo. The temporary band name Riddlehouse was chosen (a reference to a Birthday Party song) and in November the cassette Wilkin’s Bones was released in November.

Throughout 1998, rough demos were made for an unnamed future project and finally, at the end of the year, a digital 8-track recorder was purchased and Lloyd and Joanne set about working on the songs that would later emerge on the album Truffles of Love. With the release of the album in early 1999, the name Naevus was settled upon, a reference to the birth mark that Lloyd had had removed from his arm in childhood, which seemed to match some of the medical themes that marked out the groups songs at the time. Naevus continue to perform, record and release new material. Dominic was involved in various musical activities in the Wookey hole area in the early 2000s. He died in a car accident in 2003.

"Brown is the Colour" is presented as a limited edition CD-R release in a hand-stamped arigatopak with lyrics and artwork.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Naevus – Twilight Season
2. Riddlehouse – The Suitor
3. Riddlehouse – Wilkin’s Bones
4. Riddlehouse – The Plea
5. Riddlehouse – Run
6. Winter – Moth
7. Winter – Hubris
8. Winter – Oh
9. Winter – My Narrow Human Feet
10. Winter – Midas
11. Winter – The Liar
12. Winter – Holy Passage
13. Winter – Germs
14. Winter – Tell Me it’s True
15. Winter – The Orchard
16. Winter – Brown is the Colour

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released January 25, 2014

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Founded in a carrot patch in Salem, MA in 2006.

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