New Brunswick, NJ's the Anderson Council formed in July of 1999. Lead vocalist/guitarist Peter Horvath and drummer/vocalist Brian King had previously been members in Seething Grey. After that group disbanded, Horvath and King decided to develop a new band that would be based on their interest in late-'60s British psych-pop and power pop. Horvath had already recorded numerous demos in this style, which he attributed to an imaginary group called "Archie Mantel & the Fireplace" (he was the sole member). Within months, they found lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Charles and bassist John Grubb, who were also looking to form their own band. Horvath suggested they combine their efforts.
This group adopted the name the Anderson Council, a moniker that combined the last names of the late blues musician Pink Anderson and jazz musician Floyd Council (Syd Barrett had done the same thing, but had used their two first names for his 1967 group, the Pink Floyd) and they began rehearsing. The quartet ultimately recorded a four-song EP on borrowed eight-track studio gear, which they issued the band's own label, Sinclair Recording Company in January 2000. Grubb left the band after its release; his replacement was Rob Farrell (aka Bobby Farrell), from Rotator Cuff. Farrell had been a fan of theirs since the Anderson Council's first show in November of 1999. After a tour of the southeast U.S., the band booked time at the House of Vibes studio, in Highland Park, NJ, and began working with co-producer/engineers Rick Reil and Kurt Reil (the Grip Weeds). Their full-length debut, Coloursound, was released on the Sinclair label in April 2001. Drummer and co-founder King left the band in late 2001, after the Anderson Council's first Midwestern tour.