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Awesome Color

Awesome Color

(Ecstatic Peace!; US: 20 Jun 2006; UK: 18 Sep 2006)

The Michigan-to-Brooklyn-based power trio Awesome Color plays thick, bluesy, guitar-led psych-rock, tilting towards Hendrix, MC5, and the like. Thurston Moore, the album’s co-producer, and Ecstatic Peace! label owner, calls the music “a mother of a scorched groover,” which I think means the same thing as my description, but just sounds cooler. It’s aggressive, energetic music, but also rather one-dimensional, nowhere near as colorful as the name implies. On most songs they find a similar space to work in, and it’s one we’ve all heard before. In the press materials, Thurston also refers to the group’s “boss-boss lyrix,” but the lyrics sound dull at best, and corny at worst (like the song about “hat energy”). Towards the album’s end, Awesome Color backs off from the rolling-thunder shtick enough to let open space and hints towards free-jazz into their music. That makes it more interesting, but not that much more.

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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