Best New Band Orange County 2009 - The Colourist
Orange County is home to a lot of promising young bands seemingly poised to make the ever-elusive next step in their careers, but none has developed so much promise and poise in such a short time as the Colourist. Though they've only been together for about a year, their self-titled EP stands as four of the best songs put out by any local outfit this year, highlighted by the impossibly endearing "Oh Goodbye." (Not to mention the even-more-endearing video they made for the track.) To be fair, they're not totally "new"—guitarist Adam Castilla and drummer Maya Tuttle played together in a band called Paper Thin Walls—but the current lineup has hit on something truly special.