Live Review
MAD COLOURS AT OPORTO, LEEDS
Mad Colours
Oporto
Leeds
25/04/12

Photography by Danny Cook

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At times the banter is self consciously ridiculous and singer Owen Adams’ rasping drawl borders on grating, but the sheer arm twirling joy of songs like ‘Verda Hugo’ see this quickly forgotten. Less Sheffield bands being tarred with the inevitable Arctic Monkeys brush is allowing a fresher sound to break through in this city. Distilling the bitterness of punk with loose-limbed ska, Mad Colours are an energetic force to be reckoned with. Get ready to embrace your inner idiot, the good times are back.

By Kate Parkin

Originally published in issue 38 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. May 2012