Spain Colored Orange
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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.
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, Ben Kweller, The Octopus Project, Fiery Furnaces, Of Montreal, Ra Ra Riot and Trail of Dead. 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  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. 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.
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. The group signed with Shout It Out Loud Music and released that first full-length record, Sneaky Like a Villain, in 2009.
- Gilbert Alfaro (vocals, electric piano, synths)
- Eric Jackson (trumpet, keyboards, sound effects)
- Steve Aikey (bass guitar)
- Jose Chavez (percussion)
- 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)
- Album of the Year (Hopelessly Incapable of Standing in the Way, 2006)
- Best Indie Rock (2006, 2008, 2009)
- Best Keyboardist (Gilbert Alfaro, 2006, 2008)
- Local Musician of the Year (2006)
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