You ever go to a concert, and think, “Wow, you are good!”. This may seem like a basic statement, especially coming from a review, but sometimes the hardest thing to achieve is the most basic thing like, goodness. Watching Colony House at Brooklyn Steel left me in awe at how genuinely good Caleb Chapman is as a front-man.
Colony House – Silhouettes (Official Music Video)
I had mentioned it in my Kasabian review, but some lead vocalists understand too alarmingly well what works with an audience. From the banter to the moves, Chapman approaches the stage like he owned it, made it, bought it, and then re-sold it to himself. That stage is 100% his, and he left me with a sentiment I do not often notice I receive in concerts: impression. I was sincerely impressed by his dynamism, and how it enraptured a warehouse filled with people filled with beer. As he declared his love for the crowd and NYC, the audience ate up his charmed gushing over us. It was as if we had all walked into a Thanksgiving dinner with a new job, new partner, and a new look, and Chapman was the first to notice. He has an uncanny way of drawing the crowd to him that makes them believe they are being individually summoned, but they are actually apart of a mass hypnosis. Then, you add on that Chapman’s voice feels like sweet wine being poured into Love’s glass, and you have a hit show. Songs like “Cannot Do This Alone”, “Moving Forward”, and “I Want It All” played so well with a crowd of Millennials whom understand what it is to be young, ambitious, and totally confused on how to handle either simultaneously. It was as if the most perfect songs were meeting the most perfect auras for the crowd, and brought out just how “rock n’ roll” Colony House truly is.
Colony House – You & I (Official Video)
If you heard their album, Only The Lonely, or read my review, you get a sense of Colony House’s folkish/ pop vibes. Yes, they aim for big instrumentals that rouse the crowd’s spark for “youthfulness” and roll in competing, harmonized guitars, but, in the end, their electricity feels simpler in recorded sound. Thus, as I mentioned, the importance of a performer/ performance comes into play by reviving their musical work with personal energy and presenting it as the most “epic” thing anyone has witnessed. By the time, Colony House finished playing I almost forgot Mutemath was headlining. I thought they had ENDED the night. Seeing this group of talented guys playfully smash, slap, and laugh with each other as they fierily played their instruments reminded me how fun music is when people realize how connected it makes you feel. For More Information On Colony House Click Here.
Colony House – You Know It