Its a bit disarming to see a band from Orange County spell their name with the U.K. spelling of the word colorist. Maybe its a warning sign to some obnoxious level of pretentiousness, like an American affecting an accent after marrying a Brit, Gwyneth Paltrow-style. Thankfully, theres nothing too ostentatious in the Colourists music: uptempo pop rock destined to spark an intellectual dance party. The Colourist came together last October. Guitarist Adam Castilla and drummer Maya Tuttle were both in the band Paper Thin Walls, who in late 2007 won the Dream Gig contest, with the prize being a spot playing the VIP after-party following Led Zeppelins December 2007 reunion concert in London. Perhaps that exposure helped the Colourist (rounded out by bassist Kollin Johannsen and Justin Wagner; all four members sing) to attract the kind of early success theyve had so far. Theyve opened up for Montreals Clues (featuring ex-Arcade Fire and ex-Unicorns players) and finished a four-song self-titled EP -- one of the most professional-sounding recordings youll hear from a local band.
Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2009