What started as a challenge (to write one song) from his father, Brennan Smiley has found his passion in music that is thrilling audiences at each stop on his first tour across the United States. Smiley (vocals/guitar) joins with Troy Lowney (keys) and Mike “Nico” Nicolette (bass) to blend a myriad of musical influences, making The Technicolors one of the most unique sounds around. Supported by Joey Schwegler (drums) and Sean Silverman (guitar/vocals) on this tour, they have quickly become a favorite, drawing a record crowd for an opening band in Cleveland, Ohio.
Getting to know you. The first tour for The Technicolors has been a learning experience in many ways. Starting out as a solo acoustic opener for local shows allowed Smiley to network with a wide variety of musicians. As a result, The Techinicolors is a compelling combination of talents, skill, and personalities that makes their music so exceptional. Learning in music is all about moving forward for singer/songwriter Smiley. He describes various genres and disciplines of music and how their respective elements come together in his songs. He explained, “I feel like those are the things that, when you’re able to kind of flip-flop (different styles of music), those are the things that excite me. And I think, excite people and allow music to be pushed forward into new spaces.” Being on tour for the first time is a chance for the musicians of The Technicolors to watch and learn how individual personalities are translated to the music they play. It is as exciting for them as it is for the fans to enjoy the collective progression of their music.
In the mood. Above all, The Technicolors set the mood with music that instantly conjures images of distant places and times. The song, “Feels Like Trouble” makes me think of a smoky, underground bar, where you tell all your secrets in hushed tones to the stranger sitting beside you. The words, “You don’t even know/the things you hide/Behind the lights/Inside your eyes/Are the keys that you can’t see” are insightful, because often we are attracted to relationships that bring excitement and mystery. From their wildly popular Ultraviolet Disguise EP, the song titled “Tonight You are Mine” reminds me of a local ice cream shop in any small town, where two young people wonder what life has in store for them. Lyrics demand, “Don’t be so naïve/You know you are all I see/And I cannot believe/The monopoly that bleeds/From your pores to the shining sea” in a statement of support for anyone who questions their own abilities. No song on this album is the same and each transports the listener to a different flight of fancy with each track.
The unknown looms large in the future. But not in a bad way. Their stage show is captivating with upbeat, high energy from the first note. Songs from their set evolve like short stories, as they weave ambiance and passion through each composition, drawing the audience in to participate. There is an undercurrent of a decidedly jazz/blues influence that is breathtaking. The fascinating instrumental pauses add drama and demonstrate the solid musicianship of the band members. To me, Ultraviolet Disguise is indescribably delicious and I am hooked. Signed to 8123, The Technicolors will continue to tour with pop/punk heavy hitters The Maine, Real Friends, and Knuckle Puck on the American Candy Tour, and as they write and compose new songs for future releases. The Technicolors look forward to learning as much as they can on the first tour, because they are planning more tours in the future.