Theater & Arts

Artists you should know: Greener By Color

Upstart local alternative band Greener By Color has a promising sound and has already performed a lot of gigs around town, playing with bands such as Rademacher.

Greener By Color has two shows coming up this week -- at 7 p.m. today at Kuppajoe, 3673 N. First St., and at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave.

The band is made up of Noah Velarde, Alex Tran, Justin Thomas and Jeffrey Conway. We talked to Velarde to learn more.

How did Greener By Color get started? When Alex and I were sharing the same interests in music we kinda knew what we wanted to try to accomplish. After I had a good number of demo songs recorded, Justin Thomas, who is really an amazing bass player, came in and really made things blossom. Shortly after, Jeffrey Conway accompanied us to add some finishing touches and a smile.

What's the band's name mean? So the answer to this question changes quite often, but to be most honest, the color green has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. I also feel it symbolizes some of the nicer things in life.

Describe your sound for us. Who are your influences? Oh man ... definitely The Beatles, Elliot Smith, Bob Dylan, M. Ward, Sioen, lots of '90s alternative and many different styles of indie rock. I think the music we are making right now is clean for the most part but definitely has its dirty rock moments.

When are you guys planning to release some music? I'm actually leaving for Europe in the next couple weeks and will not be back until the middle of August. As soon as I get back we plan to record a seven-song EP, which will hopefully be done by September/October. It's coming, though.

You guys are pretty new, but you've already been playing a bunch of shows. What's your best piece of advice for another band just starting out? Never get discouraged ... especially about a performance! Play to have fun for yourselves.

In exactly 11 words, tell us why someone should see your live show. Why would you not? We could really use some community support.

What should people be looking for from you guys in the future? Definitely growth within the band and as musicians. I can see us maturing a little more with our songwriting and just as people. Of course we plan to tour a little at the end of this year and next.

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