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Interview with Stillwater, Ok's Colourmusic

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Colourmusic are the rarest of musical rarities- a band from the isolated hinter portions of America's Heartland (Also known as "The Sticks") that not only doesn't suck, but actually turns out to be pretty great. And not in that sort of special olympics, everyone's a winner, "well, they're good for [insert your tiny state here]" kind of way, but actually, honestly, for realsies good. Kind of like how The Flaming Lips are so good you're kind of surprised to find out they're from Norman, Oklahoma.

Speaking of Oklahoma, that coincidentally happens also to be where Colourmusic hangs their matching hats and outfits - they're a part okie, part british band with a talent for stage theatrics and a musical style that doesn't exactly defy description, but makes you kind of feel dirty for trying. They're dreamy, hypnotically melodic, beat oriented, psyche influenced dancey wonderful that conjures up memories of England's rave scene back when Manchester was an adjective, and reminds you of the kind of Children's music popular in the 1970s. Think Super Furry Animals meeting The Beta Band at a Free Design reunion show and you're close to what I'm trying to get across.

They're in Los Angeles right now, even as we speak, touring in support of British Sea Power (SPOILER ALERT: Reviews of both BSP's and Colourmusic's performances will follow this weekend,) and they were nice enough not to laugh me off the internets when I asked to interview them. I spoke to Piedmont Roy, and BritRoy about Syenthesia, Oklahoma, their sadly arrested video game development, and obviously their music. Read on, and feel the magic that only a marriage between Oklahoma and England can produce.