Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Close Your Eyes And Imagine This Color

Awesome Color was a Brooklyn based trio that was around from 2004 till 2010. This band played some awesome Psychedelic Garage Rock which was very influenced by The Stooges. Awesome Color has made three albums and this was their debut from 2006.
What is very characteristic of this band were the intense grooves and the great guitar parts. The vocals seem to me somewhat a crossover between Iggy Pop and Steve Houtmeyers of Hypnos 69.
Awesome Color has made a great performance with this debut album. This band is not that well known and that has amazed me a bit. It is great music! Enjoy!

The three members of Awesome Color couldn't have possibly been alive during The Stooges' early, nihilistic and dangerous days, let alone old enough to have actually been at Max's when Iggy bled out half his insides. So it's something of a curiosity that this trio can create such a heavy and hairy sound that bears more than a passing resemblance to The Stooges or their Detroit peers, MC5. Being that Awesome Color began in Ann Arbor, it may just be in their blood; they've inherited that burly, Big Muff sound. Whatever the source of such, ahem, raw power, Awesome Color has it in spades.

Their self-titled album, released on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label and produced, in part, by Moore himself, is a classic garage rock record that puts any of the past decade's half-assed attempts by other bands to shame. Any Swede in a suit can attempt Stooges theft and make it passable, but these three young American gents do their rock `n' roll right. This is fuzzed-out, heavy, and completely awesome stuff, as their name might lead you to believe. Opener "Grown" slaps the listener with some ironclad guitar chugs and steady skin-beating, courtesy of Allison Busch. Frontman Derek Stanton channels Iggy Pop in his slithering, lascivious vocals, yet with his own ragged charm.

"Ridin'" has some kick-ass riffage, coasting into a faster pace than the album's gut-punching opener. Stanton approaches with a near whisper in the Sabbath-like "Free Man," before coolly declaring "I'm just a free man." "Unknown" explodes with blasts of blazing hot harmonica blowing and wild guitar freakouts, while "Hat Energy" proves to not only be a cool title, but a great mantra when Stanton recites that he's got it "on his skateboard" and "all over this town."

Awesome Color live up to their name without fail, offering 8 tracks of awesomeness and vibrance, unfailingly carrying on the legacy of their home state's rock heroes, despite currently living in New York. And though I've never seen them live, I hear there's some crazy shit that goes down when they perform. Considering the kind of damage that they do on record, I recommend everyone bring a helmet.

(By Jeff Terich at Treblezine)

Awesome Color - Awesome Color (2006)

1 comment:

Matias said...

thanks man, I'll take this