On the Verge: The Color Bars
Prosopopoeia, the latest release from Brooklyn band, The Color Bars, is a pop album that pays homage to artists such as Beck, Belle and Sebastian, and has a swirl of Broken Bells. This band is big in Japan. No, really. They were signed by 5D Japan of EMI.
This band successfully combines tight harmonies, dancy-synths and indie pop that makes a sound that is original and delightfully unpredictable. All songs were written by band member Gerald Slevin. My favorite song on the album, “Triple SSS” has a funky 70’s sound and is as if it was written by Stevie Wonder and performed by the Bee Gees. Another favorite is “Structupoppie Rally ” and could be your typical indie pop song, but the addition of the synth and falsetto of the singer makes it more interesting and has the unpredictability I earlier stated.
Skully’s is the second to last stop on their mini-tour which included Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The last stop returns the band home to New York, where they are playing a show at Mojos.
The Color Bars are playing an 18 and up show at Skully’s (1151 North High Street) tonight (Monday, April 9) for $5. Also in performing, In Silent Movies, and Room and Board.