On Jan. 13, Franklin TN based indie pop-rock band Colony House released their latest studio album named after the famous Roy Orbison song “Only The Lonely.”
As their sophomore album, the American indie-rock quartet’s musical prowess has clearly progressed in terms of both sound and lyrical content, especially when compared to their earlier EP When I Was Younger.
Colony House had made their entrance into the music scene with a fairly standard indie-rock record label and tour plan to debut their first album When I Was Younger. In this regard, there was no doubt that the band was still very green to the rigors of tour life and possibly even a bit naive to what lay ahead of them.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that Colony House was formed only four years ago in 2013, the group has managed to mature and progress musically at impressive rates.
Looking back on the lead single of When I Was Younger, entitled “Silhouettes,” it’s obvious that Colony House was aiming to create an unapologetically innocent, summertime tune for listeners to play on repeat with the car windows rolled down. In terms of being the song to set the stage for their first album, however, the tone of “Silhouettes” is a bit misleading, especially considering that the rest of the album is distinctly less vivacious.
As for Only The Lonely, Colony House seems to have ironed out most of the wrinkles that got in their way when recording When I Was Younger and made it so that the first song of the album “Cannot Do This Alone,” serves as an accurate representation of the catchy, emotive tunes that are to come within the next 12 tracks.
For instance, the album’s fourth track “You & I” showcases a series of rhythmic drum beats pulsing through the intro and getting listeners’ heads bobbing before the chorus has even hits. Similarly to “Cannot Do This Alone,” “You & I” is also laced with poppy, upbeat guitar riffs that embellish the song with just the right amount of fast-paced jive to get the song stuck in your head for days.
While the instrumentals of “You & I” alone may initially seem overly simplified or even slightly mundane, once frontman Caleb Chapman’s mesmerizingly smooth vocals begin augmenting themselves into the song, it becomes clear that despite their appearance and artsy album covers, Colony House has more than enough potential to grow past the generic hipster band mold.
In addition to their premiere of “You & I” on Billboard.com and announced their forthcoming album earlier this summer with the release of album video for their sixth track “You Know It” which premiered on Consequence of Sound. The video for “You Know It” was co-directed by Chapman himself and features artistic soft-grunge visuals supplemented with jarringly conversational drum beats and subtle surf rock vibes.
In terms of their other tracks, Colony House clearly has a knack for crafting inspirational, soundtrack-ready anthems. For instance, when listening to the chorus of “I Want It All,” it almost resembles a perfect hybrid between disjointed rock uplift and peppy kinetic pop before morphing into the classically well polished rock sound that Colony house is known for.
In many ways, Colony House may seem like a band struggling to work through their musical influences, but as a group that was formed only four years ago, they’ve achieved major success in fearlessly attempting a variety of styles and carving out their own unique, indie sound.
Contributed by Abbey Lim | @limcommaabbey