Introducing Melbourne's Hottest New Alternative Rock/Grunge Band Colourburn

28 September 2023 | 2:45 pm | Mary Varvaris
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Kill Your Stereo introduces Melbourne outfit Colourburn as they release their debut single, 'Star', and prepare to launch their EP 'Compromise In Colour'.


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Today, Kill Your Stereo is introducing Melbourne’s hottest new alternative rock band, Colourburn, who make their debut with the grungy single Star, and accompany the single with the news of their forthcoming EP, Compromise In Colour, which is out on Friday, 24 November.

Forming in the depression of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Colourburn is vocalist Jordyn Briggs, bassist Jack Gray and guitarist Josh McIntosh.

The three-piece built their musical foundations by playing in previous projects and eventually connected over shared mutual interests and joined forces to form Colourburn.

Drawing on influences from the likes of Movements, Stand Atlantic and Holding Absence and with a punchy, noisy sound akin to The Beautiful Monument, a fresh-faced Colourburn arrive on the scene, bringing emo energy and alternative rock grit to the forefront.

“We didn’t really go for a single pointed direction; we just went with what felt right,” Colourburn said about their forthcoming EP. “The meanings behind each song vary from heartbreak to feeling out of place.”

To celebrate the release of Star and the upcoming arrival of Compromise In Colour, we sat down with the three-piece to get to know them a little better.

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Introduce us to Colourburn! Who are you? How did you form?

We're a three-piece alt-rock band from Melbourne. Josh started writing back in 2021, with Jack joining soon after, and Jordyn joined about a year later.

Congrats on the release of your new song Star! Could you tell us a little about it? 

Thanks a heap!! Star was one of the first songs I (Josh) wrote for the EP back in 2021. I wrote it with a spacey/starry vibe in mind. Jordyn took that vibe and applied the metaphor of how when you part ways with a loved one, they become another star that fades into the background. The lyrics also touch on the emotions and complexities that are involved during the breakup process.

You have an EP coming out in November; who did you work with on it, and what was that process like?

We do! Josh wrote the bare bones of the tracks along with guidance from Jack and Jordyn. Jordyn wrote the majority of the lyrics. We brought all the songs to Chris Vernon (Belle Haven, Windwaker, Tapestry), who helped us polish them up. It was a very drawn-out process, but it was cool because we were able to incorporate our initial perspectives as well as later perspectives, which gave it some variety of input.

What does it mean to you all to be releasing your debut EP in November?

It means the absolute world! The majority of the songs are two years old, one of them being nearly six years old, so it's awesome to finally get out there what has been in the works for quite some time.

Who would you say you were for fans of? Who are you inspired by?

Man, it's all over the place, hey, haha. There's a lot of Citizen and Basement vibes in there, but then we also drew inspiration from acts like Narrow Head, Holding Absence and Stand Atlantic.

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you work with?

I'm gonna go with Lee Malia from Bring Me The Horizon; I feel like that would be pretty cool.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Honestly, Shannon Noll - What About Me!

You can keep up with Colourburn on social media platforms and watch the music video for ‘Star’ below.