Best Indie Band (2012)

Yellow Red Sparks

They are everything an indie band should be: melodic, rhythmic, lyrically sensitive yet positive. Oh, and extra indie points for having an introverted female cellist. Singer Josh Hanson has a voice reminiscent of the distinct Collin Meloy of the Decemberists (he has thick, black glasses and everything!). Whether Yellow Red Sparks have you singing along ("and the tickets were free"), contemplating deep lyrics or swaying with the melody, chances are you're enjoying yourself—whether it's your first or 20th listen. The band defended their title at the 2010 OC Music Awards, with a second win for Best Folk Act in 2011. Keep your eyes out for their full-length album, to be released sometime this year; until then, enjoy their debut EP, Four Steps In Corsets, released in June and honored as a "New and Noteworthy" album on this generation's gauge of musical success: iTunes.

 

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