In October, Buffalo, New York-based “Groove Rock” group Aqueous released Color Wheel, its first studio album since 2014’s Cycles. But the band’s ever-growing legion of fans hasn’t been Aqueous-less for four years.
The quartet developed its loyal fanbase on the Jam band circuit, which necessitates constant touring. The heavy road schedule resulted in nearly a dozen official live albums in the four years since Cycles, culled from recordings of Aqueous’ lengthy, improv-heavy shows across the country.
If the term “color wheel” makes you immediately think of a rainbow array of colors, that seems intentional — Aqueous’ latest LP touches on a variety of genres, adding to its progressive, funky Rock foundation dashes of everything from Reggae and Hip Hop to Folk and Jazz.
The musicians’ hometown Buffalo News newspaper recently profiled Aqueous, calling them “the biggest band to emerge from Buffalo in 20 years” and positioning them in a musical lineage that includes moe., Soulive and Goo Goo Dolls.