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With their authentic approach to independent rock and roll, Nashville-born outfit Colony House has spent over a decade building their career on virtues that seem to seldom remain: honesty, accessibility, and family.
Even in the height of the digital age, there is a growing pressure among artists to keep a barrier of anonymity between themselves and their fans. Colony House has found a way to remove the “fourth wall” by consistently placing heart in front of ego. As a result, their art has remained fully tangible, yet equal amounts of musically and lyrically untouchable.
The Colony House catalog is as weighty and intelligent as it is light and approachable. Three studio albums invite the listener on a journey through stories of loss, grief, and heartbreak while welcoming them into the hope that comes on the other side. Their 2014 debut When I Was Younger included the instantly popular single “Silhouettes,” which became the #1 most played track on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation for four months straight. The band followed with their sophomore album Only the Lonely, whose title and demeanor pays tribute to the vintage sounds of Roy Orbison and the Beach Boys. The surf-rock hit “You Know It” reached mega-viral status on Tik Tok, and has vaulted to over 100 million streams across all platforms after being featured as the soundtrack to Samsung Mobile’s nationwide ad campaign. The band has performed their songs for worldwide audiences with two appearances on both Late Night with Seth Meyers and CONAN, as well as the Today Show, VH1’s “Morning Buzz,” and MTV Live.
Finally, the band’s third effort Leave What’s Lost Behind was released in January of 2020, before a global pandemic would challenge listeners to do just that. The record speaks to the beautiful fragility of what it means to be human. Tracks such as “Looking For Some Light,” “Why Even Try,” and “The Hope Inside” remind us that, now more than ever, we truly are all in it together. The reminder that this life is too heavy to walk through alone continues to be the common thread that has invited so many into what is colloquially known as the “Colony House Family.”
In a world that feels more divided every day, Colony House has continued to unite fans under its banner of hope and light. No frills, no gimmicks. Just heart-level rock and roll music.
As Paste Magazine put it, “It’s one of the rare acts for which the music might really be enough.”
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