Good Colonels
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Good Colonels

Minneapolis, MN | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Minneapolis, MN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Band Rock Post-rock


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"Duluth Homegrown Music Festival - Live Show 2016"

The Good Colonels, a three-piece from Eveleth, stormed the stage with their unique brand of mostly instrument space prog. With Codie Leseman front and center on both electric piano and guitar, the hard-driving bass from Joe Conaway and the tireless drumming of Curtis Mattson, the group sounded like Rush beaming in from a lost satellite somewhere between the moon and Mars.

A fan danced with a mixed drink in one hand and a face-on-a-stick in the other. “Our friend just moved to Colorado,” said a woman. “So we’re trying to keep him here with us in spirit.” - Duluth News Tribune

"Debut Album Show - 2010"

Beaner's Beats: The Good Colonels Are Good Soldiers

There are few words to describe native Duluth band "The Good Colonels." This is obvious in their pure bred rock and roll sound. The three piece makes strong use of driving chord progressions and loud rock bass lines.

Composed of Codie Leseman on guitar, Curtis Mattson on drums, and more recently, Joe Conaway on the bass. The local band plays progressive indie rock with little or no words to describe it. Literally. There are typically no vocals in the in songs. While the lack of singing does surprise, it does not necessarily detract from their music.

The band makes good use of guitar chord fusion-ed with complex melody lines. While playing guitar chords, Leseman also managed to play melodies around the chord shapes. These melodies help to fill the empty space left by the lack of vocal melodies. When the guitar went off in solos or pure melody lines, the bass had enough fuzz and treble on it to fill the space left by the lack of guitar chords.

Seeing "The Good Colonels" play with the energy and pure rock sound that they did, brought to mind the sound of pure rock sounds bands such as "The White Stripes," "The Dead Weather," and "The Raconteurs."

"When I first saw them, I thought, 'This is going to be a very good way to spend my Thursday night,'" said freshman Jack Campbell. "They had a very full sound, full and rounded."

"The Good Colonels" will be playing during Homegrown Music Festival at Beaner's Central at 8 PM. I highly recommend you all check them out and come support some excellent local music. Check them out on myspace! - Duluth News Tribune


  • Digital Beaches (2017)
  • Friendship and Freedom Forever (2012)
  • Good Colonels (Self-titled; 2010)



Good Colonels have been going strong for over 10 years. They released their self-titled debut in 2010 and "Friendship and Freedom Forever" in 2012. Since then, they have also gone on two interstate tours across the Midwest in 2012 and 2014. As of 2017, Good Colonels have been getting radio play on Iowa Public Radio, The Current (Minneapolis), and KUWS/KUMD (Duluth/Superior) with their most recent album release--"Digital Beaches." A departure from the traditional verse-chorus format, Digital Beaches consists of long, linear jams reminiscent of Scandinavian psychedelia with undertones of punk.

Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, the Good Colonels now reside in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota and Waterloo, Iowa and
 continue to produce new material, with new songs currently in the works and shows planned across the Midwest.

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