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Awesome Color
coloring outside the lines
by: Nancy Chow - March 24, 2009

Michigan transplants Awesome Color created such a vibrant splash on the music scene that Thurston Moore took notice and quickly signed the band to his own record label Ecstatic Peace. In this case, imitation is the greatest form of flattery: Sonic Youth appears to be a substantial influence – if not a compulsive comparison – to the noise trio. With its elaborate tangles of heavy, distorted guitar and a vintage raw passion, Awesome Color draws from the 󈦦s and early 󈦺s, but incorporates its own passionate, fresh flair to the blues, punk and psychedelic meld.
These Brooklynites fire off an arsenal jammed with guitar snarls and fast, hard-hitting drums that show no signs of surrendering on their sophomore effort “Electric Aborigines.” Loud, engaging and all the while sounding like they’re having fun, Awesome Color is a garage band that can survive the test of time, including bypassing all the band drama.

You all are Michigan natives - what cause you to move to NYC? How does the NYC's scene compare to Michigan's?
Derek [Stanton] moved out here about six years ago to pursue music with the band he was playing in, the Ofays. Allison [Busch] moved out here to pursue a career in the movies. I (Michael Troutman) moved out here following Allison. As far as the scenes, there's a lot more music in NYC than in Michigan. Quantity is the big difference, though not necessarily quality, because there are amazing people and bands all over the place. They don't all have to have a 112xx zip code. Basically, opportunity and quantity separate NYC from Michigan.

How did you get signed with Ecstatic Peace?
We played a show in Massachusetts. A friend of his who attended said nice things about us supposedly. Thurston listened to our song "Free Man" on MySpace and messaged us shortly thereafter asking us to be on his label. All of us being big Sonic Youth fans, this was pretty monumental and put big smiles on our faces for days. Still does for me.

“Electric Aborigines” is a pretty awesome title. How did you come up with it?
Allison came up with the title “Electronic Aborigines” after we returned from a tour with Dinosaur Jr. and had to think about such things as what to call the next record. It comes from the John Sinclair book, “Guitar Army.” It also ties in with the Up's killer song "Just Like an Aborigine" that Lou Barlow put on a mix for us, and we couldn't get enough of. Derek suggested changing Electronic to Electric – sounded better to us. I recently learned that “Electric Aborigines” is also associated with British architect David Greene and the Archigram group.

| How was supporting Dinosaur Jr. on - not one but - two tours?
They're great, and I really enjoyed watching them play every night. All three of those guys we got along with, and I feel happy that they'd want us to be a part of their world. They kind of changed my life, because I came off the first tour with ringing in my ears. I went to an audiologist as a result and picked up a decent pair of earplugs.

You recently came back from a European tour. Experience any culture shock?
We'd been over there a couple of times before so no real shockers this time. I guess it was shocking that there are so many amazing skate spots in the city of Barcelona, Spain. Seen it for years in videos, but in real life it was just bonkers.

And last - but certainly not least - question: Why are you guys so awesome?
Thanks for saying so. I'm blushing right now.



 
 

"We played a show in Massachusetts. A friend of his who attended said nice things about us supposedly. Thurston listened to our song "Free Man" on MySpace and messaged us shortly thereafter asking us to be on his label. All of us being big Sonic Youth fans, this was pretty monumental and put big smiles on our faces for days. Still does for me."


Awesome Color
"Electric Aborigines"


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what it is

Local contemporary noise rock for those who like: The Stooges, Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr.