Strike The Colours

Strike The Colours


lyrically direct, evocative folk-pop played by a group of friends from Glasgow. All from different musical backgrounds but sharing the same musical sensibility, the group is centred on singer-songwriter, Jenny Reeve.


‘Seven Roads’, the much-anticipated second album from Jenny Reeve’s Strike The Colours will be released on September 28th (Deadlight Records). The follow-up to 2007’s highly praised ‘The Face That Sunk a Thousand Ships’, ‘Seven Roads’ - recorded last year in Chem 19 by Paul Savage – will be supported by a UK tour, alongside co-headliners Zoey Van Goey.

While the nautically-themed first album – its writing, recording and self-release - and the early fluidity of Reeves’ band (which still variously includes core players and collaborators) represented something of a voyage for its creator (previously known for her work with the likes of Malcolm Middleton, Arab Strap, The Reindeer Section, Idlewild and own band Eva), ‘Seven Roads’ is itself about journeys.

For the traveller in Reeve, a veteran of UK, US and European touring circuits, who also has close family in Australia, the material, penned in early 2008, quickly became a reflection on roads less and oft-travelled, and of losing and finding people along the way. “The last album had its own personal theme, but was created in bursts of writing and recording,” says Reeve. “This process was more succinct and we recorded it during one period of time. Lyrically and stylistically, it feels like there is real continuity and clarity with ‘Seven Roads’.”

‘We’ could refer to both Reeve’s band, which includes the various instrumental talents of friends and long-time creative cohorts Davey MacAulay (who’s been co-writing and demo-ing tracks with Reeve since his days as Terra Diablo’s guitarist/vocalist), Gareth Russell (Idlewild), Stevie Jones (El Hombre Trajeado, Malcolm Middleton, Alasdair Roberts) and Johnny Scott (Take A Worm For A Walk Week, Emma Pollock), and the multiple personalities innate to an independent, self-releasing artist.

The many hats Reeve dons are inspired by the grassroots ethos of Scottish collectives and musicians like Fence. “I’m happy to take the time to build a body of work and crucial industry knowledge,” she says. “Releasing your own records is a good way of doing this. It means you’re never standing still.”

Critical response to the last album (with support from BBC, XFM, The Scotsman, Herald, Evening Times, Daily record, The List, The Metro, The Skinny) not withstanding, Reeves’ reputation has also been inadvertently buoyed by her long-term collaboration with Malcolm Middleton. Appearing on his last five recordings (including A Brighter Beat, Sleight of Heart and Waxing Gibbeous) and tours has engendered a mutual creative influence - and a full diary. STC, however, remains a priority and in between joining Middleton on his various UK and European tours, the band (in acoustic and full form) has lately appeared at The Hague’s Crossing Border Festival, Music Like a Vitamin, Middleton’s ‘Burst Noel’ show, Homegame Festival and a Glasgow support with Marisa Nadler.

‘Seven Roads’ ten tracks look set to enthral once more, beautifully imbued with Reeves’ trademark folk-inspired, dark-edged narratives and hints of mutated, Nick Cave-esque pop; the introspective (‘Cold Hands’, featuring the vocals of Aereogramme’s Craig B), the esoteric (‘The Things I Can’t Explain’), the direct (‘If I Don’t Belong’) and the visual (‘Cat’) all combine to create exactly what Reeve intended. They’ll also pave the way for the next creative journey.

“I’d like to begin the next record soon, and work with a producer who’s going to bring something different to the music,” says Reeve. “A lot will depend on the funding, but the ethos remains the same. I’ll always want to make new alliances with like-minded musicians and explore new directions.”

Previous Acclaim:

“..a captivating saunter in a world of soul-pondering organic song-writing. Impossible not to be knocked out by it.” The Skinny

“..subtle and expertly crafted.. Reeves’ confident songs showcasing her delectable voice and skills with both violin and guitar.” The Scotsman

..thoroughly alluring things: spectral, melodious indie folk whispers.. A glimpse of what’s to come? Here’s to finding out.” The List

“..wonderful. Its soft, gentle indie guitar-influenced folk features maudlin violins. Reeves’ voice is crisp and clear. Perfect summer listening.” Sunday Mail

“..hugely talented..” The Metro

“..folk along the lines of Pentangle and Espers, weaving stories through finger-picked guitar, Jenny’s voice gliding along the long violin notes. Everyone watching is mesmerised and completely silent.”

Watch the video for the single, Breathing Exercise here:


"The Face That Sunk A Thousand Ships" 2007

"Breathing Exercise" Down-load only single, 2009

"Seven Roads" L.P 2009