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What A Time To Be Alive!

No, I'm not referring to the fact that you can get a deep-fried Mars bar from my local chippy (seriously, it's delicious, give it a try!). I am in fact referring to the brand new single "What A Time To Be Alive" by Brooklyn, NY band Color Collage, which is out today.

"What A Time To Be Alive" is a twisted combination of everything that makes a great song. It's dark lyrics contrast cleverly with an upbeat soundtrack that will catch you off your guard. It interweaves the subjects of love and social media, told from the point of view of someone about to die, as if instructions from the recently deceased to the living. Or is it?

It's a fantastically skippy little tune and at just under 2 and a half minutes, it's waaaaay too short! Structurally, it's a little off-centre too, a chorus that only shows it's face at the very end of the song, which only serves to complete the whole quirkiness of the song.

The band bounce along in a cute, fluffy "Care Bears riding on a herd of My Little Ponys" kind of way, while lead singer Shane Conerty delivers a faux-emotional rendition of the deliciously tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The dreamy backup vocals add an extra layer of cuteness to further cloud the subject matter. It's a veritable cheeseboard of a song.

Color Collage is an up-and-coming indie-pop act, founded a little over six years ago. Beginning as a solo project by vocalist Shane Conerty, the band soon grew to include Jeremiah Harris, Mason Lickey and Waverly Langston and later joined by The Foxy Johnstones as back-up doo-wop.

This is just what you need to brighten up these miserable, stormy days!

“Hallelujah, hallelujah, what a time to be alive. Hallelujah, hallelujah, what a time to die.”


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