Sunday, October 17, 2010


Awesome Color sound like someone handed them the first two Stooges albums and locked them in the basement. Really. But that's fine, because the Stooges reunion a few years back didn't really capture the old magic (feel good story though, it was). Awesome Color get closer to it, and it might be their youth. Without a doubt, they have their roots, and what Chuck Berry was to the Stones, the Stooges and the MC5 are to Awesome Color. (They're from Michigan, so it does make does sense.)

A cursory look at their video for "Eyes of Light" shows a little ingenuity. 28 seconds into it, when your pretty much mesmerized by the sheer racket, the guitarist is shown playing with a small amp in his picking hand. I like that. Why walk all the way over to your amp to get some feedback, when you can do it right where you are? Nice surprise these guys are. Though they've been around a few years, it's not often you find a newish band that does this sort of thing, this good. And doubly nice after clicking on the name, expecting some twee sounding pop band that you will immediately dismiss, only to realize that it is one of the greatest stoner band names ever. Turn it up.

Awesome Color - Grown mp3 at Just For a Day
Awesome Color - Eyes of Light mp3 at Indie Rock Cafe
Awesome Color - Transparent mp3 at Largehearted Boy
Awesome Color - I.O.U. (live) mp3 at FensePost
Awesome Color - Step Up mp3 at Raven Sings the Blues
Awesome Color - Taste It mp3 at Raven Sings the Blues
Awesome Color - Eyes of Light video at YouTube

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