Last Saturday night, my wife and I went to the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco to see Overwhelming Colorfast. It was a reunion show with the original line up. They hadn’t played together for nearly 20 years. They played like it was yesterday.
Colorfast is made up of my friends from way…way back. I’ve known Torg – yes that’s his real name, the guitarist, since the third grade. I remember coming home from grade school and listening to him play bass while going through his record collection. I would later meet Steve, the bassist, in high school and the two brothers, Dan and Bob Reed from a mutual friend. I went to most every show here in the Bay Area. I watched them gain popularity and become a Bay Area favorite. My friends…making music videos and getting a record contract. We were all so happy for them. Their first album was produced by Butch Vig who worked with Nirvana on Nevermind and the Smashing Pumpkins. This was at the same time Green Day was starting out and the Flaming Lips. Colorfast would go on to tour with the Ramones and Social Distortion. Torg use to tell us stories of how the Ramones were the coolest guys and Mike Ness spent a lot of time on his hair before every show. It was a great time to be in your early 20s and hitting the local music scene with your friends on stage. Really great time. Colorfast was a phenomenal band and not just because they were my friends.
They eventually disbanded. I’m not exactly sure why. The line-up changed over the years with Bob Reed being the constant. After all, Colorfast was really his brainchild.
Seeing them play again brought back a flood of memories. It was an evening of reconnecting with old friends both on stage in the crowd. It was the best night in a long time and a reminder that I need to bring better balance to my life. Less Porsche stuff and more “other” stuff.
Not sure if there are any Colorfast fans here. If so, take a peek in the first two CD sleeves in the “thank you” section. You might recognize at least one name. Otherwise, check out some of the videos below.