Lindsey Lanham | Editor-in-Chief
At 8 p.m. sharp last night, alt-rock band Colony House saunter on stage at Town Point Park. It was a only a moment of hesitation before the band exploded in song, lights flashing and people cheering.
The crowd doubled in size as the band started their set. Colony House opened with “1234” and then went straight in to their hit single “Silhouettes.” Each song packed a punch, the crowd dancing along and the band attracting more people from the area as the continued to play.
Colony House formed in 2009 in Franklin, Tenn. The band is made up of brothers Caleb (vocals) and Will Chapman (drums), Scott Mills (guitar) and Parke Cottrell (bass). Now, almost 10 years later, they’ve completed their first headlining tour and are currently wrapping up touring in support of their second album, “Only The Lonely.”
“The recording process was just different,” said Mills about recording their second album. He explains that recording this album under a bigger label wasn’t difficult, but very different from recording their debut album, “When I Was Younger.”
Hours before the show, Colony House sat in the green room at Town Point Park, crammed together on a single sofa. “I think if we had any actual pre-show rituals, we would just parody them and not take them seriously,” joked Mills.
Caleb talks about Walk the Moon’s pre-show ritual which involves chanting and stretching. “We just do a prayer before we go on stage,” Caleb said. And that’s all the band seems to need.
While performing, Colony House played a good mix of both of their albums. Caleb, almost hesitantly, admitted that the band has been trying out an acoustic medley of a few of their songs. This ended up being the height of the show as the group harmonized and played some of their lesser known tracks like “Keep On Keeping On” and “When I Was Younger.”
Months before, Colony House came through Norfolk as an opening act, on tour with Judah and the Lion. “When you’re opening, it’s not as much pressure,” said Will. “But when you’re headlining, the mindset's a little different. But it’s still fun. You get to play longer and you get to play more songs. Usually people are there to see you and you know that the crowd is there to see you. The crowds are always exciting.”
Colony House have carried their alt-rock sound through their past two albums, but take inspiration from a variety of artists including U2 and The Killers. But, Caleb admits that most of his songwriting is autobiographical.
Caleb tells the crowd that he wrote “Learning How to Love” for his wife, who he has known since he was nine. The track still has Colony House’s traditional rock sound, but lyrically it is a love song, and Caleb himself admitted it was his first go at writing a love song.
Colony House also played two new songs in anticipation of a possible third album. Both were catchy, anthemic pop-rock tracks that still kept up the pace of the set and blended in with the band’s sound effortlessly.
“Soon is a relative term,” said Mills, talking about the release of new music.
“Yeah,” said Caleb, “depends on how you define ‘soon,’ but I guess we will be releasing new music soon.”
As the night grew colder, Colony House kept up their energy. They blew through more tracks like “Second Guessing Games,” “Lonely” and “You Know It.”
Of all of their songs, Caleb said that one track that stuck out to them as a band, and he felt also was important to fans was “Glorious.” Caleb explained that it feels almost like a theme song to the band, and is a song that truly means a lot to play live.
As Colony house ends their set, people mill about, unsure if the band is finished or not. The group closes out their show with “Moving Forward.” “Ever since we started calling ourselves Colony House we’ve played this song,” says Caleb.
For a small band from Tennessee, Colony House play like they’ve performed in front of thousands. Their stage presence, catchy hooks and attitude playing had people hooked.
Next time Colony House come through, Norfolk will for sure welcome them back with open arms.