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Photo by Matthew Gagle

Photo by Matthew Gagle

After spending a decade quietly (and obsessively) writing and recording in rented bedrooms…

Andrew Armstrong has been consistently releasing and performing his self proclaimed "bummer-rock" songs under the name we speak in colors over the last three years.

Before moving to the UAE two years ago and quickly connecting to like-minded artists and thinkers around the country, Andrew was an active and committed participant in the indie/DIY music communities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee, while also doing short tours in the greater Chicago and Pacific Northwest regions. This affinity for movement and place can be felt in every release so far, as it's engrained deeply in the DNA of his songs.

we speak in colors’ style has often been connected to the sounds and lyrical tendencies of American indie bands Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, and Nada Surf. The songs sway smoothly between indie-rock, folk, and pop, while the lyrics read like a metaphorical conversation, placing the listener in the center of a moment; one that often seems to exist in a panic-stricken meltdown. This crazed spirit stirs up a specific tension during live performances that connects listeners to him and his songs through a shared experience of mundane, yet anxiety-inducing situations.

Armstrong finished out last year with shows in Beirut to celebrate his most recent release, an EP titled "who cares?" This past summer proved to be fruitful as he and producer Steve Soboslai fully immersed themselves in documenting new songs along with performing a string of shows in Europe, including Amsterdam and Munich.

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