PRODUCED by JOHN ASHTON, guitarist for the PSYCHEDELIC FURS.
4-song EP by up and coming new-new-wave band Seven Color Sky.
"Pittsburgh four-piece Seven Color Sky are one of the American underground's best kept secrets. While the likes of The Killers and The Bravery go on to sell out arena-sized venues and collect platinum stained discs, SCS continue to make arguably better records.
'The Better Looking EP' follows on from last year's 'Secrets About The Stars' album, except while the obvious reference points such as The Cure, The Cars and the Psychedelic Furs - due in no small part to Furs' guitarist John Ashton's production job on all four tracks - remain, the two things that set Seven Color Sky apart from the others are the almost picturesque propensity of their lyrics and the unassuming vocal deities of Scott Bedillion.
The title track 'Better Looking' and second track 'Next Day' fit side-by-side almost like parts 1 & 2 of a low-budget kitchen sink drama, while the equally perplexing 'A Selfless Life' could almost have been lifted from The Cure's 'Disintegration', such are the uneasy pendulum dynamics that switch from elation to agitation in little under three minutes.
The pick of the bunch though is 'Fade', a slow burning crusade that builds around a simplistic keyboard riff in a similar way to Martha And The Muffins' 'Echo Beach', only whereas the former could be considered happy-go-lucky pop, 'Fade' is more about feeling lucky that happiness has gone - or something along those lines.
With a slight nod to the likes of Morrissey and Marc Almond also, Seven Color Sky are clearly sited at the less panoramic view of the square-shaped window of the 80s Play School to Mr Brightside, and all the better for it too."
-(Dom Gourlay, Drowned In Sound, 4-25-05)
"Seven Color Sky is a...band that bridges the gap between pop rock and indie rock. With their lush textures combined with good songwriting sensibility, they offer a solid release with The Better Looking EP.
Seven Color Sky is a four-piece band that was fortunate enough to have had this EP produced by John Ashston of the Psychedelic Furs. With good production comes a crisp and clean recording that really allows the band to have an open and welcoming sound.
Some of the lead guitar licks might remind some of bands like U2, but vocally it's much more interesting than the 'Vertigo'-bound success of recent U2 material. There are plenty of spacious guitars fluttering about, wrapped in cocoons of delay and reverb without being completely overshadowed.
This EP is an extremely solid release."
-(Adam Rauf, the Pitt News, 4-21-05)
"I was walking around and sort of listening to these guys play," recalls Ashton. "They'd just come on and I was way, way, way in the back. I was actually out on the road and listening. And I thought, 'This sounds really cool.' So after the show. I said 'Hey, you guys sound really great' and the rest is history." -John Ashton, on the beginnings of working with Seven Color Sky (refering to SCS' opening spot for the Psychedelic Furs at the 2004 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival) -(Ed Masley, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10-23-04).