Color Animal = Grizzly Bear + Allah-Las
After covering Color Animal for July’s edition of Localized, at which point in time they had not recorded anything yet, I was eager to hear their debut album. Despite having to wait a few extra months, this seven-song mini-LP with a great blend of psychedelic and garage/surf rock was worth it. The opening track, “That’s A Drag,” is a catchy surf-rock tune with some nice, fuzzed-out guitar sounds from Nick Neihart and Andrew Shaw—who also has a good set of pipes that fit the band’s sound perfectly. Another highlight from the album is the title track, “Vision Lies,” which almost sounds like it came from the mind of Ed Droste. Although Color Animal’s a great band to see live, it’s nice to hear some stuff from the studio, and I highly recommend you seek this record out.