The Color Bars
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The Color Bars


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The best kept secret in music


"Village Voice Pick of the Week"

Multi-layered, harmony-living, fancifully prissy local indie quirk of the GBV/Pet Sounds ilk. Their 2004 CD has saxes, organs, cellos, xylophones, tambourines, cigarette packs, and whimsical praying mantis drawings - The Village Voice

"Time Out NY Listing"

The Color Bars may well have discovered the secret to time travel, so complete is their 60's pop immersion. Making Playthings shamelessly unfurls lines about funnel cakes and Ferris wheels over chirpy, psychadelic instrumentation. - Time Out New York

"SXSW Showcase Review"

I reveled in the ecstasy of well-arranged, intelligent pop . . . The Color Bars astound. And so it was that I became hooked on this little New York trio with a sound near-sinister in its capacity to addict. -

"Making Playthings Review"

The terrific Making Playthings is an EP that feels like the perfect LP. Eight songs here that don't overstay their welcome. This group doesn't crank out the usual garage slop, but goes the other route and turns in a beautiful and fun psychadelic inspired pop masterpiece that also hits on a great 70's groove. -


Making Playthings EP - 2004
Kairos At Infinity LP - 2007


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Color Bars are a Seattle-based indie-pop rock band who recently relocated from New York City. Their arrival on the music scene has been described as "a bigger breath of fresh air than an air vent in an underground sewer." As self-described melody addicts, they blend together Wilsonian (Brian that is) harmonies with their own unique melodic style to create something new and surprisingly fresh. Their songs range from foreboding laments on love via professional wrestling metaphors to anarcho-syndicalist folk chanties to the kind of glazed-eyed psychadelic soundscapes that even your mother would love. Much like their songs, their live show never dissapoints. Every member sings in this band, which makes the already difficult challenge of not singing along practically impossible.