Released December 24, 2014
By Rose Morris
After seeing these guys live at Make Music Edmonton recently, I went home and immediately downloaded their debut EP, The Colour of Change (available for free on their website). After a live set of clean, skillful music, mind-blowing vocal harmonies, and a lot of great covers in addition to original songs, I had high hopes for this EP – and it absolutely delivered.
I’m hesitant to assign a definitive genre to The Colour of Change, but suffice to say it falls somewhere in the realm of progressive rock and soft metal, with just the right amount of emo tendencies to give a person nostalgic warm fuzzies. Especially if that person was into Three Days Grace and AFI in high school. Ahem.
All seven songs flow into one another seamlessly, due in large part to guitarist Jon Shea’s dreamy yet hard riffs that give this EP its unmistakable unique sound.
Vocalist Aaron Harrity has an irresistibly silky voice and an impressive range, especially showcased in Nightmare and the title track, but what really made me fall in love with this band was the vocal harmonies. These guys can harmonize so perfectly that it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Devastatingly beautiful vocal harmonies aren’t something that I normally associate with heavy percussion and electric guitar, but it works here to form a really interesting, complex sound that is simply breathtaking.
It’s clear that Affinitry has put a huge amount of effort into this EP, and it has definitely paid off. The whole thing feels incredibly polished and professional, while still maintaining a raw, intimate, garage-band quality. The Colour of Change is the perfect thing to listen to when you want something pretty with a hard rock edge.
Check out Affinitry’s website, download the EP, and donate what you can so these boys can make more music for us.