by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Brilliant Colors - How Much Younger (MP3)
Among the many bands visiting NYC for the Northside Festival are San Francisco trio Brilliant Colors, who play Glasslands on Friday (6/17) with Slumberland labelmate Frankie Rose, as well as Sherlock's Daughter and Regal Degal. They'll also play a non-Northside show earlier that same night at Bushwick spot Cedar Mansion. Apart from a tour kickoff show in Brooklyn last week, the band haven't been on the East Coast since the Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival two summers ago, when I wrote:
As all-girl, C-'86-influenced trios go, San Francisco's Brilliant Colors might just be the best of the bunch, writing songs that rival Vivian Girls' catchiest, and keeping it tight like Sweden's Liechtenstein with more attitude than either. (Check out "I'm Sixteen" for serious snarl.) They might lack a little in stage presence but playing in the heat of the sun can drain even the most charming performers. But these ladies are quality, one of the day's best.We haven't had a record from Brilliant Colors in almost as long, but their new long-player, Again and Again, comes out on Slumberland on July 19. It's more messy jingle jangle pop that this trio do exceedingly well. Check out the record's "How Much Younger" at the top of this post.
Brilliant Colors play a few East Coast shows before and after Northside, and all dates are below.
Brilliant Colors @ Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest 7.4.2009
Brilliant Colors - 2011 Tour Dates
June 14 -- Toronto, ON @ Parts N Labour (NXNE Fest)
June 15 -- Montreal, QC @ Le Cabigi
June 16 -- Boston, MA @ Problem House
June 17 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Cedar Mansion / 751 Bushwick Ave (early show)
June 17 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands w/Frankie Rose, Sherlocks Daughter & Regal Degal
June 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Cha Cha Razzi w/Eternal Summers, Amateur Party & United Kingdom