Andrew Lombardi (vocals/bass), Nick Lombardi (drums/vocals), and Dan Mugrauer (guitar) founded Subcolour in August of 2005. After playing in New Tradition (a pop punk band) for three years, they decided to break out from their current song writing style and start something new. New Tradition was a 5-piece, where Andrew played bass and sang, Nick played drums, and Dan played guitar, along with two other friends from the neighborhood. When forming the new group, they stuck with those instruments and established the alternative/screamo band, Subcolour.
Initially, the main focuses of the band would be unclear, but after a few weeks of creating a new sound together, goals, dreams, and visions would play out. Unlike New Tradition, the three-piece wanted to take this band to a new level. As Christians, their main focus would be on glorifying God with the gifts He gave them, but at the same time, making music that would have a strong affect on listeners. The only way to do this would be to start recording and playing shows.
In November of 2005, Subcolour got in contact with Big Blue Sound. Big Blue is owned by Brandon Hilkert, who also records, produces, and mixes in his in-home studio. After making arrangements for three full days of recording, Subcolour traveled down to Big Blue Sound in Wilmington, Delaware to record three original tunes. ‘Save Me’, ‘Whenever I Hear A Sound’, and ‘Visions to the Sky’ were the three songs recorded, later released on Myspace.com to show the world what these high school musicians were all about.
Over time, the music progressed and their fan base grew in their hometown of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. In the winter of 2006, Endeavor Media, owned by Danny Yourd and Steve Hoover, were asked to film the DVD portion of Dead Poetic’s latest album Vices, set to be released in the Fall of 2006. During this time, Steve Hoover, a good friend of Subcolour’s, got the opportunity to play their recordings to Dead Poetic’s drummer, Jesse Sprinkle. The music caught the drummer/singer-song writer’s attention, and a few weeks later, Jesse got in contact with Subcolour. With an interest in recording them in a professional studio closer to his home, in upper state New York, plans were made to make this happen. In late spring of the same year, Subcolour traveled to Rochester, NY, to cut a demo version of the two new tracks they would be recording with Jesse in September. The two days spent there resulted in the recording of ‘Sincerely’ and ‘The Real Thing’, which would hopefully give a good idea of what they planned to do that Fall.
Though neither of these songs were released to the public, a fan base and steady following began growing more and more, as the number of local shows increased month by month. Most of these shows were played at Recreation Centers, neighboring church fellowship halls, and other common concert locations. Finally, on September 9th, the time came for Subcolour to trek up to Viking Studios in Medina, New York. A full year after the founding of the band, they were recording in the professional studio, being produced by Jesse Sprinkle, and recorded/engineered by Brian Moore. The plan was to once again, only record two tracks, which would be ‘Sincerely’ and a new version of the year-old tune ‘Save Me’, based off of the demon-possessed man in Mark 5. The three-day weekend wrapped up with the tracks being shipped off to David St. Onge to be mixed and mastered.
“Right now, Andrew Lombardi (17), Dan Mugrauer (17), and Nick Lombardi (16), are seniors and a junior at Wissahickon High School. Since releasing ‘Save Me’ and ‘Sincerely’ to the public, the response has been remarkable. In April of 2007 the band decided to record four more tracks with Jesse Sprinkle producing and engineering once again. This time it would be in Jesse's own Bluebrick Recordings. Those songs were then compiled and mixed down to become their first formal record, About the Flight. The record is set to be released on July 1st through Subcolour's own distribution as well as all of the available online music stors. (iTunes, Burnlounge, Napster, etc.).
“Our goals now are the same as they have always been- to continue writing quality, God-focused music that can influence all who hear. Though we call ourselves a Christian band, and never keep that hidden, our music isn’t meant to preach Jesus Christ. We want to write/play songs that speak to all people, not just the Christian listeners. But at the same time, we pray that the music can leave all listeners with something they didn’t have before they heard our music, whether that be a new favorite band, spiritual emotion, tears, laughs, comfort, or anything else.” (Andrew Lombardi)