As the affectedly Anglophiliac spelling of this Orange County-based band's name indicates, the Colour originally had a stake in the early-2000s revival of British post-punk tropes, alongside the likes of the Strokes, Interpol, and Hot Hot Heat. However, as that scene has faded from Next Big Thing status, the Colour have dropped much of the faux-English posturing while (at least temporarily) discovering their inner heshers. The Colour formed in 2002 when the bandmembers met as students at Biola University, a small private Christian college in the heart of the Los Angeles suburbs of Orange County. Singer Wyatt Hull, lead guitarist Luke MacMaster, rhythm guitarist Davey Quon, and drummer Nathan Warkentin gigged around L.A. with a number of bassists before the lineup finally solidified with the addition of permanent bassist Derek Van Heule. The group signed to the Lizard King label, a British pseudo-indie tied to Warner Music Group that had successfully broken the Killers the year before. The new wave revival single "Mirror Ball" and a debut EP, Out and About with the Colour, both featured tightly wound rhythms, jittery guitar riffs, and a vocal style from Hull that less than subtly evoked the Cure's Robert Smith and Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCullough.