Spain Colored Orange

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Spain Colored Orange is an indie rock band from Houston, Texas. The group formed in 2000, was signed by Lucid Records from 2005 to 2008 and then represented by Shout It Out Loud Music through 2012.

Their sound has been characterized as a high-density blend of indie rock and indie pop with elements of psychedelic rock, '70s rock, swing and jazz — deptly blended to form a world-music style that spans the creative divide of both catchy and classic.[1][2][3][4]

Known for their energetic live performances and high-caliber showmanship, Spain Colored Orange has shared a stage with such fellow indie artists as Modest Mouse,[5] Ben Kweller,[6] The Octopus Project,[7] Fiery Furnaces, Of Montreal,[8] Ra Ra Riot[9] and Trail of Dead.[10][11] They also served as backing band and headlining opener for local legend Daniel Johnston on a number of various occasions, including his 50th birthday celebration [12] in 2011.

Spain Colored Orange has licensed music for commercial use by companies including Ford, Oil of Olay and Avon. The band has toured nationally and consecutively featured in large-scale regional festivals including SXSW and Free Press Summer Fest.


The band itself began in 2000 as a solo project by frontman Gilbert Alfaro, former founding member of Houston-based national-touring bands Blueprint/In Echoes and Refuse To Fall.

Other original members joined after they heard Alfaro's initial taped recordings.[3] The band was originally called "8 Track Charade," but changed their name just days before signing a record deal with Lucid Records. According to Alfaro, the band's final name, Spain Colored Orange, originated from an elementary school project that his grandmother had hanging in her house.[2]

After signing with Lucid Records in 2005, the band released their debut EP Hopelessly Incapable of Standing in the Way.

They ultimately negotiated a break from their contract with Lucid Records in 2008, while in the process of recording a freshman full-length at Houston's historic Sugar Hill Studios.[13] The group signed with Shout It Out Loud Music and released that first full-length record, Sneaky Like a Villain, in 2009.[14]

Band members[edit]

Current members[10]

  • Gilbert Alfaro (vocals, electric piano, synths)
  • Eric Jackson (trumpet, keyboards, sound effects)
  • Steve Aikey (bass guitar)
  • Jose Chavez (percussion)

Former members[2][3][15]

  • Erica Cruz
  • James Diederich (percussion)
  • Justin Peak (synth, sample)
  • Mikey Deleon
  • Randy Platt (guitars)
  • Ryan Chavez
  • Steven Burnett (bass, mouth harp)
  • Steve Torres (percussion)
  • Mike Dugat (guitar)
  • Ben Jarrad (guitar, banjo, vox, & ukulele)


Houston Press Music Awards:[10][13][16][17]



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  2. ^ a b c Lomax, John Nova (June 2, 2005). "Color Me Impressed". Houston Press. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Cress, Sara (December 9, 2005). "Spain Colored Orange: Spain is fearless with music". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Gray, Chris (2010-06-07). "Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ Lomax, John Nova (2008-05-12). "The Wayback Machine". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. ^ "Texas Music Calendar - Indie Bash at the Brewery". Texas Music Extra. Sept. '09.
  7. ^ "Numbers Concert History". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  8. ^ "Houston Calling". Houston Calling. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Spain Colored Orange @ Eleanor Tinsley Park". Bandsintown. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ a b c Learning Secret Music. Spain Colored Orange bio on official press page. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Free Press Blog Home: Trail of Dead Tickets on Pre-Sale". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  12. ^ "Rank and Revue - VOL. 4, ISSUE 3". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  13. ^ a b Gray, Chris (April 8, 2009). "Spain Colored Orange: Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off". Houston Press. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  14. ^ Gray, Chris (2009-04-08). "Spain Colored Orange". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  15. ^ Lomax, John Nova (July 27, 2006). "2006 Houston Press Music Awards Supplement". Houston Press. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  16. ^ Passini, Ed Kite, Betty. "Spain Colored Orange". Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  17. ^ Gray, Chris (2008-12-05). "Aftermath: Spain Colored Orange at the Continental Club". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  18. ^ "Spain Colored Orange | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10.

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