Aftermath: Spain Colored Orange at the Continental Club

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Photos by Chris Gray

Is Spain Colored Orange the Badfinger of Texas? Why not?

Thursday at the Continental Club, the local quintet's heavy, lush pop was dense and intricate, but never at the expense of melody. Its members have also heard at least one jazz album in their lifetimes, evident in their frisky interplay and consistent groove.

Multiple Houston Press Music Award winners in 2006 and this year, SCO has been tagged as one of Houston's most likely to break out for years, and that still holds true. Continental bartender Jamison dubbed "Black Sabbath meets Stevie Wonder," not an off-base tag at all.

Anchored by Gilbert Alfaro's electric-piano ragtime funk, several songs Thursday - from both 2006 Houston Press Music Awards Album of the Year Hopelessly Incapable of Standing in the Way and this year's self-released follow-up Sneaky Like a Villain - several songs could have almost passed for Maroon 5 in a blind taste test... maybe.

Heavy and light, Spain Colored Orange couches its subversiveness in catchy piano chords, but when all five lock into the same lick - often led by Eric Jackson's brazen trumpet - pop flies out the window in favor of an entropic contest to see who can hold on the longest. Thursday night was like a jazz funeral at Sgt. Pepper's house. - Chris Gray

Spain Colored Orange plays Wednesday, December 10, at Rudyards, 2010 Waugh, with Gentleman Auction House and Motion Turns It On.


Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.