Colly Strings
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Nov
14
Colly Strings @ Thompson's Garage

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Oct
31
Colly Strings @ Ulster Hall

Belfast, None, United Kingdom

Belfast, None, United Kingdom

Oct
28
Colly Strings @ Ulster Hall

Belfast, None, United Kingdom

Belfast, None, United Kingdom

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"This is why I enjoyed my Colly Strings gig last week. They treated the modest space of Auntie Annie's in Belfast like it was Madison Square Garden. It was a stadium show in waiting." - Stuart Bailie - Former NME Editor


"they played as if they were a well established out at a packed out with everyone singing along. The band belted out songs surrounded by a green hue, with the only thing about this performance that was less than outstanding being the pathetic smoke machine at the back of the room, having no effect whatsoever upon anything. Colly Strings are definitely one to watch and were just pipped to the post as my favourite discovery of LSC." - Alt. Sounds.com


"And they don't need to tell us anymore - our hands are already in the air." - Rigsy - BBC Across The Line


"Another Northern Irish four-piece categorically moulded – yet far from restricted by – the great triad of early 2000’s English alternative rock, Biffy Clyro, Oceansize and Reuben, Bangor’s finest Colly Strings shove the sentiment up a notch or ten. With a first-rate drummer in Andy Bleakley, and highlights including the delicately bobbing ‘To The Water’ and – something of a crowd favourite – ‘Teddy Robinson’, the band possess an infectious and effervescent reliability indicative of Two Door Cinema Club covering any of the aforementioned bands. In truth, there is no reason why Colly Strings can’t follow in the footsteps on TDCC or General Fiasco and make much bigger waves beyond the city." - Brian Coney - BBC Across The Line


"Next up, taking the place of Cashier No.9, who had to pull out, were Colly Strings. Despite hearing reports that the sound wasn’t the best in the Oh Yeah Centre, these guys seemed to put those rumours to shame, the sound was fab. They launched themselves into ‘Build to Break’, the opening track on their EP, and if I was listening to it on their CD, I wouldn’t even think of turning it off. Travis had an incredible voice, and their commanding alternative rock approach made them a more-than-worthy filler for Cashier. Their powerful choruses and fantastic harmonies were faultless, and they proved that sometimes vocals aren’t necessary for a great bridge – well played instruments are more than enough. Their tunes were full of catchy hooks, with powerful breakdowns that throbbed through your system" - Tascha Kay - Music Link NI


"First up is a track by Colly Strings. Based on the name alone I’d always imagined some insipid acoustic pop maybe with a violin and had given them a fairly wide berth. I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, there were elements of the standard acoustic tuneage but soon the track took a curve in the road and pulled over to have a pint with Biffy Clyro. Middle eight and pre-chorus breakdowns were all very reminiscent of what we’re hearing in contemporary alternative tunes right now and while Sleigh Bells and Pulled Apart By Horses do it in a way that will blast you against the back wall of the venue, Colly Strings take a leaf from the Biffy Book with subtle acoustic tones and you know there are probably melodies in their catalogue somewhere that could lull you to sleep on a wet and windy winter’s evening. They’re supporting Feeder in Belfast in the next few months which seems like a great move for a band with this sound" - Scott Edgar


"In contrast however are Colly Strings, who seem to be ready to step out from the indie rock shadow that has loomed over them lately. An enrapturing performance of new track 'Teddy Robinson' gives us a hint as to what makes this band tick: muscular rhythms, strewn with colourful melodies, and stellar vocal acrobatics" - Chris Johnston - BBC Across The Line


Discography

Unofficial debut EP - www.musicglue.com/collystrings

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Bio

Formed in March 2010, Colly Strings are based in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Forging a path through the local scene, their alternative indie/rock sound has already travelled to Liverpool's Sound City festival, achieved International Airplay, and graced stages supporting the likes of Feeder, The Wombats, Twin Atlantic and Francesqa.

"And they don't need to tell us anymore - our hands are already in the air."
Rigsy - BBC's Across The Line

Colly Strings fuse catchy guitar riffs and soaring vocal hooks with the pulsating bass and beat of the drums to form songs that are guaranteed to stick in the mind from the very first listen. Their knack for clever, rhythmic verses and deep hard hitting choruses has seen their music compared to the likes of Biffy Clyro, Two Door Cinema Club and The Foo Fighters.

"This is why I enjoyed my Colly Strings gig last week. They treated the modest space of Auntie Annie's in Belfast like it was Madison Square Garden. It was a stadium show in waiting."
Stuart Bailie - Former NME Editor

The band now look to continue the momentum that has catapulted them through 2011 in such notable style. Just over a year and a half old, they look towards the upcoming months and the exciting new shows, bursts of new material and ever increasing notoriety amongst both their peers and the public. Who knows what's in store for Colly Strings? Exciting times for an exciting band.

"Their powerful choruses and fantastic harmonies were faultless, and they proved that sometimes vocals aren’t necessary for a great bridge – well played instruments are more than enough.
Their tunes were full of catchy hooks, with powerful breakdowns that throbbed through your system. It wasn’t just the music that got the crowds attention either, they were mighty craic onstage too, and it goes without saying these lot are destined for bigger things."
Tascha Kay - Music Link NI