Waiting for Their Time to Come: Bringing the Indie-Alt Scene’s (Colony) House Down

Colony House (from left to right): Will Chapman, Caleb Chapman, and Scott Mills

Franklin, Tennessee-based band Colony House is an indie force to be reckoned with. Comprised of the Chapman brothers, Caleb (guitar, lead vocals) and Will (drums), as well as Scott Mills (guitar) and touring member Parke Avery (bass), Colony House has been on an incredible climb since the release of their debut album, When I Was Younger (Descendant Records), in July 2014. Touring nonstop—with KONGOS and Sir Sly earlier this year, and most recently on Tour de Compadres with Ben Rector, Switchfoot, and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors—Colony House is determined to get their name out there, and to get it to stick.

The band’s debut album, When I Was Younger, offers some of the most sanguine, brooding, and intricately layered tunes that distinguishes Colony House from any other indie group currently on the scene. It reached No. 154 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and No. 3 on the Heartseekers Album Chart. Their leading single on the album, Silhouettes, was the most downloaded song on SiriusXM Alt Nation in 2014. The track offers a toe-tapping melody and catchy lyrics bound to get stuck in your head.

When I Was Younger, (c) 2014 Descendent Records

When I Was Younger, (c) 2014 Descendent Records

Listen: “Silhouettes” – Colony House

 

The album itself offers a unique blend of tracks. The band’s second single, Second Guessing Games, showcases lead singer Caleb Chapman’s distinct vocals, layered over a catchy guitar loop and his brother Will’s distinctive drumming. It then continues with the album’s title track: a wistful, echoed instrumental that subsequently flows into the pervading (and appropriately titled) Caught Me by Surprise. This shift from a rapt instrumental into a more dominant track happens again later in the album, with I Had to Grow Up and Lose Control.

Listen: “Second Guessing Games” – Colony House

Colony House's logo

Colony House’s logo

Smack in the middle of the album are songs like Keep on Keepin’ On, Roll with the Punches, and Waiting for My Time to Come, which showcase the band’s affinity for uplifting messages in their lyricism. Then (perhaps as a breath of fresh air?) comes 2:20, a powerhouse rock jam heavily reminiscent of groups like The Black Keys and The White Stripes; with a heavy, yet almost illusory guitar riff and resonated vocals.

Listen: “2:20” – Colony House

 

Immediately following this substantial, commanding tune is Learning How to Love, which Caleb has previously stated is about his childhood sweetheart and now-wife, Julia. Toward the end of the album, tracks like Glorious, Moving Forward, and Won’t Give Up present slower, more emotionally-driven tracks that still manage to maintain Colony House’s unique sound.

Colony House (from left to right): Caleb Chapman, Will Chapman, Scott Mills, Parke Avery (Source: Facebook)

Colony House (from left to right): Caleb Chapman, Will Chapman, Scott Mills, Parke Avery (Source: Facebook)

Listen: “Learning How to Love” – Colony House

 

The entire album proves Colony House to be an indie tour de force unlike anything or anyone else on the scene, and their live shows offer high-energy, gripping performances that instantly draws the audience in to them. Colony House’s tracks are feel-good, uplifting songs to which anyone can relate.

Colony House (from left to right): Will Chapman, Caleb Chapman, Scott Mills (Source: Facebook)

Colony House (from left to right): Will Chapman, Caleb Chapman, Scott Mills (Source: Facebook)

Listen: “Won’t Give Up” – Colony House

 

Though they have the potential to become the next big thing in alternative music, the band just hasn’t seemed to achieve the recognition that they so rightfully deserve. With no mention yet of a follow-up album or single, Colony House seems to just be sailing on the high of their first release and enjoying their tour life as much as possible.

With Colony House at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, 12 February 2015

With Colony House at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, 12 February 2015

 

When I Was Younger – Colony House

Listen to the full album here:

Colony House's logo

Colony House’s logo

 

 

Cover: Colony House (from left to right) – Will Chapman, Caleb Chapman, and Scott Mills (Source: Facebook)

 

Maggie McHale

Maggie is the Chief Music Director for Atwood Magazine, currently living in Philadelphia. She also works as a Digital Marketer for Fame House, a Philly-based Universal Music Group subsidiary. She is heavily involved in the arts and music scene in the City of Brotherly Love, often enjoying (and even preferring) going to concerts and museums alone; just generally loving and exploring the city that she calls home. A self-proclaimed “hug enthusiast” and dog lover, Maggie also enjoys fashion, travel, the paranormal, and drinking way too much coffee. In addition to writing for Atwood, she freelances and contributes to JUMP Magazine. (Fun fact-She also once slow-danced with Boyz II Men in Las Vegas.)