Friday, November 16, 2007

Come Widdit: Colonies

Location: Tacoma, WA
Sounds Like: Indie Rock that is more Rock than Indie

I like the Decemberists, who've more or less taken over Death Cab's secure spot as the quintessential indie rock band (excluding the fact that neither band is currently on an independent label). Arty and sometimes bloated, Colin Meloy and his merry band are the archetype for any band that wants their music featured on any prime time television show and/or wants their CD available in Starbucks. My biggest beef with the Decemberists is the pretentious feeling I get whenever I hear them play. Whether its intentional or not is a different story.

What do the Decemberists have to do with a quartet from Tacoma? Very little outside of the fact that they might like that band, otherwise, Colonies is its own force. I only mention the Decemberists because I hope that a band like Colonies will be the new flavor for indie rock. They do, in fact, rock; they are also far less pretentious and, therefore, a far less guilty pleasure than any K Records band. For being a relatively green band, Colonies have a lot of really beautifully arranged songs and it's a shame that these guys aren't signed yet, especially when there are bands like Paramore who are making money hand over fist. It's a damn travesty.

Related Links
Colonies on Myspace
Colonies Official Site

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