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"Columbia self titled EP Review"

Columbia ’s latest EP aims to build on the legacy of classic British 1970s rock.
All the right sounds are here; things are kept real and unaffected, with enough simple grit to add weight to the hackneyed but convincingly foot-tapping tunes.
The focus track Peace of My Heart is the most appealing number on the EP, asserting itself after a slow start with dynamic riffing and some irresistible beats. Its Jet-worthy chorus would make the verses suffer by comparison if it weren’t for the lively drumming and the guitarists’ well-chosen moments of restraint.
Peace Of My Heart is proof positive that this EP is indeed styled after classic rock. The whole disc is a pastiche of the standard progressions, painted liberally with pentatonic solos (although many bends are off the mark, and the use of minor pentatonics over major progressions in some tracks is grating), cool feedback and a healthy dose of tambourine, which adds life to any track.

Another bold tune, You Can Have It All hooks you with an ear-catching change of pace and some handy backing vocals, coming across as a tip of the hat to Oasis and Primal Scream (or whoever those bands were tipping their own hats to when they nailed this in the 1990s). It’s here in particular that vocalist / guitarist Ross Wood ’s voice exhibits the crucial rasp and attitude needed to carry things off, which is half the battle won.

Nightrain (should that be night-train, night-rain or nigh-train?) is a neat slice of low-down stripper-pole rock that is indeed about a train. It’s quickly followed by the plodding introspection of Take Over The World , complete with lush ‘ooooh’ backing vox and those pesky misplaced minor pentatonic lines.

Wanna Get High closes the EP with some loose-wristed acoustic strumming, decent slide playing, high-pitched organ and a laid-back demeanour.

Columbia send some messages in their bio; on one hand claiming that all they want to do is get you on your feet to dance, and on the other they ask you to ‘expect big things’. If the former is true, then their job is done.
If major success is their true aim, then they’ll need to lift their songcraft into exceptional territory, which may take some added lyrical inspiration, a stronger commitment to image (if you’re gonna go classic, go all the way; bassist Richard Cardy should grab himself a Fender or a Rickenbacker) and some killer twists on the format.
As things stand right now they’ve got a strong disc to build upon, which is a very solid start

"Columbia EP Launch Amplifier Bar April 9th 2009"

Columbia arrived on stage with a full house in tow; the influx of punters filled things out nicely and gave the headliners a welcome boost as they kicked things off.
Quite the Geographiles, Columbia’s Brit-rock bent seems tinged with traces of New Zealand’s Shihad with a healthy dose of the Aussie Pub push. It’s definitely not rocket science, but the crowd seemed only concerned with big chords and pounding beats, which is what the Columbia lads served up on a platter.
As far as special mentions go, Columbia’s frontman Rosco Wood has to take the trophy after having already punched out an earlier set as an axeman in The Long Strides. Wood’s capable rock voice broke through the mix to lend Columbia’s four-on-the-floor an aggressive edge that got the punters on board and the band over the line.

Columbia managed to pull this one out of the fire and in doing so proved their intent and measure.



Columbia self titled EP (2009)
Shake It Up / New York Double A-side demo(2008)
The Financial Times Rock Exchange EP (2006)



Update Jan 2010:
Columbia have been in the studio in late 09' and will be back there in early March 2010 to compete tracks for an upcoming EP (aimed for mid 2010). We've been working with Andy Lawson down at Debaser and it's so far sounding amazing!

Taking aim from heroes such as Gallagher & Page as well as newer influences like BRMC & Kasabian; Columbia burst onto the scene in late 06’ with their debut EP release (produced by W.A music icon Dom Mariani). Since those early days, the band have evolved into sounding like "a modern version of T-REX on acid" (whatever that is, am i'm sure Boland was on acid!) mixing 70's glam with 80's Madchester & 90's Brit Rock..all delivered in dynamic and excitingrock'n roll shows.

Following a lengthy enforced hiatus following their initial release. 2008 & 2009 saw the release of the Shake It Up/New York Double A-side single, and the Columbia EP.

Songs from all three releases have featured on radio around the country including stations like JJJ, 96fm, RRR, FBi FM and RTRFM – and along the journey the boys have played the many of Perth’s finest and offered support to many from over east.
"New York" and "Peace of My Heart" have also featured heavily on US college radio in California after being included on compilations by LA based labels 272 Records and Smash 679Radio & Records.

Following a large run of shows in support of their latest EP, the boys have been busy working away wrtiting and recording some cracking new tunes for a follow up. Its set to push the band into new and exciting territory, firmly establish their sound and really cement what Columbia is all about.
Expected release in mid 2010..............
Get on it!