The sound of the NY quartet is a tantalising mixture of the fun, frivolity and vocal sound of the Beach Boys, mixing in the poignancy and seriousness of The Rolling Stones with the sheer mystery and wackiness of The Flaming Lips. One of the stand out tracks ‘All Your Kitchen Ghosts’ is a softly melodic number that utilises a variety of instruments and features sentimental lyrics portraying the fragility of being in love:
“Her clothes are flammable and her heart is a
gasoline tank, you couldn’t help but do her harm.”
The futility of fighting feelings of love and lust is looked at in ‘Eliza’ and the sinister Elvis Costello like; ‘She Disarmed Me‘ which compares falling in love to being bugged. All in all, this is a varied and intriguing brief foray into the wonderful and sincere musical world of The Color Bars.