Song of the Week and Interview: Colony House

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Chances are, you’ve heard Colony House, whether you know it or not. Formerly known as Caleb, Colony House not only knocked us off our feet with their stellar debut LP, When I Was Younger, produced by Ben Shive, but they also served as the backing band for Andrew Peterson’s Light for the Lost Boy album and tour. In addition, if you saw last year’s Behold The Lamb of God tour, then you caught front-man Caleb Chapman on electric guitar.

The pop/rock trio released their album in the fall and earned comparisons that ranged from Keane to The Killers to Kings of Leon—any and all of which piqued our interest. They also made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. This year, they’re likely going to logging thousands of miles in support of the release as they jump from tour to tour to earn their stripes and build on the foundation they’ve laid.

I recently spoke to Caleb around the turn of the year to reflect on and look ahead at the swirl of success for Colony House. He seems quite happy as a road warrior since the live connection fuels the creative fire.

“I think there’s something special about driving across the country and playing random cities you’ve never been to that are thousands of miles away from home. And whether it is for 10,000 people or whatever the number, they are singing the songs you wrote in your bedroom.

“There’s something about that that’s hard to explain. It reminds you that what you did means something to someone else, and it meant enough to them to spend enough time to know your lyrics. It’s a humbling thing and it’s a special thing to be able to communicate with people in a unique way all across the nation—sometimes even crossing the pond.”

You can read the rest of the interview over at Stereo Subversion.

“Moving Forward”
from When I Was Younger
by Colony House

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Matt Conner is a freelance writer and music journalist. As the founding pastor of The Mercy House, he led a church community for more than six years in intense community development across racial and socio-economic lines. As a writer, he’s interviewed thousands of musicians for multiple print and web-based publications.


1 Comment

  1. Matthew Benefiel

    Just started listening to it the other day and I just keep going back to it. I liked “To the End of the World”, but it still felt like a small band trying to make it happen (much like my younger brother’s band a few years back), “When I Was Younger” has made that leap. It just sounds fuller, better put together and richer. Having Ben Shive produce it certainly doesn’t hurt ;-). Personally I feel more a Coldplay sound with some Seabird mixed in there.

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