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“Come On” and Listen to the New Living Colour Song

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For us Living Colour fanatics, the wait for the band’s new album, Shade, has been an arduous one. The group commenced work on the record back in 2014, at which point they anticipated releasing the album in the fall of that year. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Vocalist Corey Glover now tells Billboard that the delay was the result of the band “[spending] a great deal of time fretting over a lot of stuff and trying to make sure it says exactly what we wanted to say and that we play it the way we wanted to play it.” I am 100% speculating here, but I also can’t help but wonder if there was some behind-the-scenes drama to which we have not been privy, ’cause it was originally reported that Shade would reunite the group with their Stain producer, Ron St. Germain, but apparently they ended up working with Andre Betts, who produced 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway, instead.

Regardless of the reasons for the hold up, we can all celebrate now: a September 8th release date for Shade has now been officially announced. And just to make sure you know you’re not dreaming, the group has even released the cover art…

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…and debuted a single, “Come On.”

It’s hard to hear the title Shade and not make an association with Stain, given the similar double-meaning of both names. Sonically, though, “Come On” is not at all similar to the material on Stain — it’s much funkier, less heavy, and less angry than anything from that release — but it is still, unsurprisingly, friggin’ great. It’s anthemic, catchy as hell, full of amazing guitar wizardry from Vernon Reid, and at once traditional and progressive: parts of it could be from a rock song written and recorded in any era, and parts of it are distinctly 21st century. I cannot wait to shout along with this mutha at a future Living Colour concert. Assuming the rest of Shade is as good as this, the wait will have been well worth it.

Check out “Come On” below! Then pre-order Shade here. If you ask me, September 8th can’t come fast enough.

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