Speech For Heated Hearts earns FOUR STARS from AllMusic.com

Entertainment Weekly, November 22, 2002.

Venus, issue 14, Winter 2002.

The Village Voice Choices, February 19, 2002
"They've got the full arsenal: emotional specificity, sweet/sour harmonies ... a coolly tingly guitar sound, and several times as many wistful hooks as would be strictly necessary."
- Douglas Wolk

"It's a guarantee their song 'I Had a Dirty Dream About You' will stick in your head. ... In fact, The Color Guard does many different things very well: dark, prog metal in the vein of Queensryche, math-rock musical shifts, and lyrically optimistic pop." - Venus, April 13, 2007

"The Color Guard's new EP/DVD called Cornucopia sounds...like The Breeders performing in a sweaty, greasy garage of That Dog's dude fans. That's a weird scenario, but weird scenarios are appropriate."
- The Deli, April 25, 2007 - Splendid Magazine, June 25, 2005

"They are on their way to making one hell of a bold statement. ... Eclectic, poetic rock with thrashing drums and lustrous guitarwork combined with intensified vocals full of stories just waiting to be shared."
- OneTimesOne.com, March/April 2005

"Much like their aptly titled new album Dark Pop, NYC's The Color Guard fashion heavy, hooky rock with massive minor chords and layers of harmonies that's just shy of metal."
- New York Press, April 6, 2005

"Dark Pop isn't exactly metal, but close enough ... I'd say (listening to vocal parts sprinkled like hemlock over wet woods through which kerosene-driven inventions shift gears in celebration of second-term ecodiscourse), that these maidens and their impared-chromosome familiar are from a village within site of The Gathering's dolmen; that they are cousins of Rasputina, and babysitters of Kittie."
- Critic Don Allred on the I Love Music bulletin board, November 3, 2004

LEFT: The Deli, April/May 2005
RATING KEY: burger=rock; cake=melody; lemon=dissonance; banana=prime NYC music

"Their third album Dark Pop mines the same sonic quarry as Evanescence, but as a band they show unity and a (generally) healthy willingness to experiment. ... They write unabashed pop songs ... then dress those songs up in dark, rich material. ... Those who enjoy a dash of artiness in their music will find plenty to enjoy."
- PopMatters, February 2005

"Proggy vocals, dark guitar melodies and a healthy dose of irony."
- Time Out New York, October 28, 2004

"The band's got mad love for dissonance and minor chord landslides, but they do not forsake a pretty tune."
- Village Voice, November 2, 2004

"Ballsy rock songs with touches of punk, pop and new wave, blending together in a well-structured sound that remembered me of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Jefferson Airplane here and there. The latter being a big compliment."
- Metal Maidens, The Netherlands, December 2004

ImpactPress.com, October 2002
"Tracks like 'Not My Valentine' and 'Superglue' are dark with harmonies and aggressive with feeling. The music is a lot along the lines of 80's new wave but with a bit more power."
- J.C. Carnahan

College Times, Tempe, Arizona, October 1, 2002

Roctober, issue 34, Fall/Winter 2002
"Strange emo- and metal-inspired punkish rock with weird, stuttering energy and a skewed sense of pop aesthetics."

Metal Maidens, Leerdam, The Netherlands, issue 30, December 2002

Village Voice Choices,February 4, 2003

Time Out New York, Oct. 3-10, 2002

NoFiMagazine.com Issue 29, August 2002
"If this album and the latest album by HOLE were on the edge of a volcano and you could only choose one, you would choose this one without any hesitation (and probably kick the other one down as you leave, while throwing this one in your walkman)."
- Chris Beyond

GirlPunk.net, October 2002
"Metal tinges (more like grunge actually) show up, but variety peppers the album. A nifty new find. Singer/guitarist Lalena Fissure stumble-spits 'Not My Valentine''s lyrics before the song explodes into harmony-rich chorus. It even concludes with a tasty bass coda not unlike Fontella Bass's 'Rescue Me.' ... In 'You Haul' guitar lines nicely echo bittersweet lyrics on the dreams and passions of youth. One also begins to notice Jeanne Gilliland's bass prowess. ... 'Wreck My Tea' begins Winnie the Pooh twee, almost like a children's church choir before growing angry then back to sweet calm. Wondrous really, it's like Belle & Sebastian or Air with a raw, driving middle section...
"Other cuts mix hard rock, pure pop and even Indian music, sitar-like drone.....an album's worth of catchy, fun and melodic music. Overall, Speech marks the debut of a band worth seeking out."
- Matthew Smith

Reviews of 2000 self-titled debut EP:

ImpactPress.com August-September, 2001
"Beautiful tunes with just enough energy to make them have a rock-edge pour forth on this five-song, debut release. Each track varies, showcasing the quartet's various creative pop rock abilities. The melodies are constant, using at-times-jangly guitar parts. There are many sounds you could compare them to, from Heavenly to Throwing Muses to The Breeders."

TrickHips #7, Spring 2001 (by Patrick Phipps of KTRU-Houston)
"Think about a little bit of Kim Gordon, a touch of Throwing Muses, and maybe even LeTigre, and you've got The Color Guard. ... The harmonizing vocals and driving melodies are really nice to hear."

Persygrrl's Women In Musica
"The Color Guard started out as Suziblade, and employ various ex-members from some very awesome groups like Kittywinder and The Hissyfits. Their sound can range all over the board, from almost metallic kicks-in-the-ass to lullaby-sweet tunes. They even do a song featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson! What more can I say, check these ladies out! "

LINKS to interviews, live reviews, and more:

INTERVIEW with Lalena on Gothamist, March 3, 2005

INTERVIEW on Kill Yr TV, Spring 2004

The Color Guard was interviewed in Fall 2001 for a website called Kill Yr TV. We had a lot of fun with it, so we compiled all our answers and posted the interview here.