BY CHRISTINE TUMPSON
Like indie music? Download “Dreamer” by Nevada Color right now. Listen to the entire song, all the way through Adam Valen’s Telescaster guitar solo with its catchy riff, and end up with vocalist Quinn Wirth’s soaring line, “We’ll talk about the birds, and how you hate them.” It will stay with you. All of the members of Nevada Color are from the Pittsburgh area, and four of the five are students at Point Park University, with one at Community College of Allegheny County. They’re all involved in the business side of music as well, turning internships into jobs at Stage AE, Drusky Entertainment, AltarTV, and Sony Music Entertainment. They are networking on both sides of the stage, all the while laying down tracks for their first full-length CD release, Adventures in May, which was funded in large part by their Kickstarter campaign. Lead guitarist Adam Valen says they’re influenced by Vampire Weekend and Young the Giant. The Smiths and The Talking Heads are also brought to mind, especially with the release of the single, “New Mexico.” There is a sophistication in Nevada Color’s sound that belies the ages of its members, a brightness to the lyrics, and a tone that inspires a positive vibe, all the while, telling the tales of young love and yearning. It’s easy to get excited about this new alternative music sound coming from Pittsburgh, literally from its very foundation. Jeremy Westhead, drums, and Chris Cichra, bass, went to Mt. Lebanon High School; lead vocalist Quinn Wirth grew up in Mt. Pleasant; rhythm guitar/vocalist Max Kovalchuk is from Monessen; and lead guitarist/vocalist Adam Valen graduated from Taylor Allerdice High School. Kovalchuk is also the lyricist, with everyone kicking in with musical ideas so that “there’s a lot of input from everyone,” says Valen. Longtime Pittsburgh music insider and Point Park University professor Ed Traversari attests for them. “They are really good students, as well as musicians, learning the business side of entertainment, while still pursuing their dreams,” he says. Traversari recently took some of them with him to the Pollstar conference in Nashville where the band members served as ushers. Getting to know the business from all angles. Pretty impressive. True Pittsburgh. Follow the band on Twitter @NevadaColor!
Nevada Color, nevadacolor.bandcamp.com.