Sound Advice: Living Colour with Howard Brothers Band and Citizen Zero

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Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality,” a slab of politically minded Hard Rock from 1988’s debut album Vivid, remains the NYC quartet’s calling card and commercial apex. Fueled by founder and figurehead Vernon Reid’s slashing guitar and actor-turned-singer Corey Glover’s impassioned wailing, “Cult of Personality” won a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock Performance” and caught the attention of Mick Jagger (he had the band open for the Stones on 1989’s Steel Wheels tour).Living Colour has toured off and on in the three decades since, occasionally dropping a new album in the process — the most recent was 2009’s overtly Metal-driven The Chair in the Doorway — but the band’s creative high-water mark remains their follow-up to Vivid, 1990’s Time’s Up. Reid’s experimental Jazz background is present throughout Time’s Up, a densely layered sonic kaleidoscope that somehow remains cohesive despite its genre-hopping tendencies. And the band’s political and social concerns — Living Colour’s roots go back to the Black Rock Coalition, a nonprofit Reid founded for black musicians who played Rock music — rarely overshadows the music, as would often be the case thereafter.

Word is that Living Colour will soon drop a new album called Shade. Reid recently told Guitar World the new album will explore where “Blues, Hard Rock and Metal are connected.”

“We’re not going to do a Blues Rock record, but the Blues is very integral and important,” he said. “So that conversation has been the underpinning of what we’ve been doing.”

Let’s hope they throw in some of the experimental Jazz and Pop that made Time’s Up the band’s most satisfying album.

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