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COLOSSOUS – ‘The Peakz’ Album Review

COLOSSOUS – The Peakz

ColoussousRich Eardley – Colossous, is a seasoned artist who has headed and played for numerous bands – the most notorious being Melys- a John Peel favoured band who recorded eleven sessions for his show on Radio 1.

The recently (May 2018) released album, The Peakz features songs written by The Peakz which was a band from almost ten years ago fronted by Colossous with Ed Oleszko on guitar and vocals and Dei Elfryn on drums. These songs were recorded but never released until now.

The opening power chords of Platform 9 lead to a melodic and hugely powerful pop-punk spectacular that sounds fresh as a daisy and had a number of fellow punkonliners strolling over the desk to enquire who this is?

The stalker begins with a Nirvana sounding guitar lick as the bass and drums maintain a steady beat and the vocals kick in to unleash a 1990s grunge like track with some serious hooks! Colussous has a knack for a hook and a melody as displayed on the 1960s like Say You Know Me and the Pixies like The Antidote.

On Die For You I am reminded of the early Cars as the plaintive guitar supports a mellow vocal for a super ballad and the follow up, Seeds showcases another side of the band with a raunchy riff, strong drums and Husker Du style vocals creating a punk rock vibe with a DIY approach. The shortest track on the album is the rollicking rock and roller, Devil Eyes with a Cramps style guitar lick and vocals that Lux Interior would have been proud of.

Conwy Valley Love Song is more folk-punk in approach and leads to the penultimate track The Girl You Have To See To Believe that channels fellow Welsh creators, Super Furry Animals with an indie approach that also reminded me of Airborne Toxic Event in melody. This terrific album closes with Lazy Hazey Sci Fi Daze where a solo bass guitar underpins weird vocals that sound as though they are recorded at the bottom of the bath-tub – the song explodes with a drum kick just past half-way with a soaring guitar lick and melodic vocals. It is a creative and satisfying end to a super release.

 

You can get The Peakz by Colossous here: https://colossous.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

 

 

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