Nashville-based indie rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger last month and in many ways, it's already a smash - and by "smash" I mean the antitheses of that failed NBC series which ate at your soul. Hating aside, this trio consisting of brothers Caleb and Will Chapman and longtime bud Scott Mills have received considerable airplay on alt-radio and has climbed the iTunes Alt-Rock chart with their breakthrough single "Silhouettes." The song, which at one point was the most downloaded song on SiriusXM AltNation, is delightfully catchy with an uplifting - and so not preachy - message of taking the good with the bad - at least that's what I think it's about. (Lyrics are subjective after all.)
The single isn't the only standout. As a matter of fact, Colony House's album is pretty much close to alt-rock perfection. Catch the band on the road this fall with Knox Hamilton, and you'll see why they're tearing up the alt-scene. Off topic or perhaps on, I've used the abbreviated version of alternative way too much in this post. "Alt" this, and "alt" that. I'm going to just stop, and press the "alt" key and get all of the references out. While I do that, watch the A-Sides session the band did with your truly. They knocked two songs out of the park, and were so nice and authentic I kept the interview running upwards of ten minutes. I promise you all of it is entertaining and worth while. So watch the session below, and you'll see why the band - to quote WWE's Edge and Christian from yesteryear - "wreak of awesomeness."
"Waiting For My Time to Come"
Special A-Sides "Delve Into Twelve"
So often amazing artists with amazing songs get amazingly overplayed. But, there are so many unsung heroes in superstars' respective repertoires that often get unnoticed. Until now perhaps... For a special "Delve Into Twelve" I've selected under-the-radar songs (some A-Sides/ B-Sides if you will) from established, huge, big, what have you acts (some still here, some not) that you either may never have heard or forgotten all about. Here's my very random mixtape of the "Unsung Heroes" - in no particular order mind you.
12. "Stateless" - U2
11. "Bring the Light" - Smashing Pumpkins
10. "All the Right Friends" - REM
9. "WMA" - Pearl Jam
8. "Estranged" - Guns N Roses
7. "Kitchenware & Candy Bars" - Stone Temple Pilots
6. "Play with Fire" - The Rolling Stones
5. "Zero Sum" - Nine Inch Nails
4. "Hear That Sound" - INXS
3. "Crystal Ship" (Doors cover) - Duran Duran
2. "Promise to Try" - Madonna
1. "Lazy Bones" - Green Day
About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Courtney Love, Air Supply, Birdy, Charli XCX, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Pharrell Williams, American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.
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