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Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States
Band Alternative Rock


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" (February 8th, 2008)"

...Colonies creates music that constantly recalls the moments after a summer storm. The rapid-fire cymbal action of drummer Adrian Centoni is a perfect counterbalance to the weary vocals coming from Travis Shumate. Their newest album, Sleep Patterns, is another chance to bolster your musical IQ and we highly suggest you give this one a chance...
- Blake Solomon

"Redefine Magazine (March 8th, 2008)"

...Tacoma, WA’s Colonies is probably the best indie rock band that you haven’t heard of. Yet. A hodge podge of faces from the now defunct Bedford Falls and Run on Anything, the band’s slickly produced debut full-length, Sleep Patterns, is reminiscent of atmospheric bands like Christie Front Drive and Mineral. Beautifully arranged tunes like “Sing to Me” and “Berlin Berlin” capture the perfect homage to ‘90s Midwest indie rock, as opposed to the army of Death Cab for Cutie imitators that seem to be popping up as of late...
- Vivian Hua

"The Tacoma News Tribune (December 28th, 2007)"

...Colonies combines intelligence and ambience. Gentle keys and samples flavor heavy, bombastic percussion courtesy of Centoni, while Shumate’s ethereal vocals float above the band’s instrumentals. Crystal-clear guitar work cuts through the haunting, atmospheric quality of Colonies’ songs, and the band somehow remains sonically captivating even in tense moments of quiet noise...
- Sena Kim


Thirty Thousand is Colonies' first full-length record. It was locally released on December 18th, 2009. The entire album is streaming at Sleep Patterns (EP) was released August 24th 2007 and is available on iTunes as well as in our personal online store on our website.



Travis (Vocals/Guitar) and Christian (Guitar/Backup Vocals) have been writing music together in various bands since 1999. Adam (Bass) joined them in 2004. They all came together to form Colonies in early 2006 when Adrian (Percussion) joined forces with the rest of the guys. Since forming, Colonies have strived to create the most honest and sincere music that they can write. Coming from many different genres and musical styles contributes greatly to their collaborative writing style. Each member has equal input in how the songs get structured and arranged, so their collective visions for each song are a piece of each one of them. They feel that they are at a creative musical peak in their lives and utilize that when writing. Music is definitely their passion and they do their best to express that in each song they write.
On August 24th, 2007 Colonies released their first cd, Sleep Patterns, a series of songs that deal with geography and history as much as they deal with relationships. It was recorded in the summer of 2006 with their friend Randy Wheeler at his home studio. On December 18th, 2009 they released their first full-length effort - Thirty Thousand. They paid for both records completely out of their own pockets.
Colonies' influences include bands such as The National, Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, Band of Horses, Radiohead, and Broken Social Scene.