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The Sweet Bleeders and Colorstore are two-timing each other

How long can both bands keep up at the same pace before one commands more time and attention than this arrangement allows? It helps that Vining and Erickson are both well-suited to each other in varying degrees of non-ego. Erickson is quiet in an inward, talk-into-your-chest kind of way, while Vining is contemplative in a stare-up-at-the-ceiling-and-ponder sort of way. Those are all the singer-songwriter bases you need covered.

Perhaps the answer to why they need two bands lies in Vining's explanation of why they need all those keyboards onstage, particularly two cumbersome Fender Rhodes pianos.

Two bands are better than one: From left, John de la Cruz joins the Sweet Bleeders/Colorstore cooperative of Robin Vining and Mark Erickson.
Brandan Martinez
Two bands are better than one: From left, John de la Cruz joins the Sweet Bleeders/Colorstore cooperative of Robin Vining and Mark Erickson.

"No one keyboard really does everything you want it to do. You need both," says Vining, looking up for the moment, "to do different things."

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