Friday, October 2, 2015

Colony House at the Mercury Lounge

Caleb Chapman
Caleb Chapman (vocals/guitar) and Will Chapman (drums) began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad, contemporary Christian pop singer Steven Curtis Chapman. In 2009, while in high school in Franklin, Tennessee, the two brothers bonded with guitarist Scott Mills to form a band. Originally named Caleb, the trio changed its name to Colony House in 2013 after an apartment complex where each of them had lived at some time. Colony House self-released three EPs before releasing a debut album, When I Was Younger, on July 22, 2014.

Colony House recently toured as the opening act for NeedtoBreathe and Switchfoot, but headlining at the Mercury Lounge tonight Colony House had the opportunity to play an extended set. The band was joined by bassist and keyboardist Parke Avery. Caleb Chapman was a smooth vocalist, and this style fit well with the band's indie-pop approach to the singer-songwriter genre. His songs were peppered with uplifting messages of faith, hope and perseverance with heart-on-sleeve honesty. The arrangements were loaded with tight harmonies, clever instrumental fills and a sharp melodic sensibility employing well-segued hooks and crashing crescendos. A few arrangements were a bit aggressive, but most were made for a wider appeal. Much like Kings of Leon or the Killers, Colony House did justice in bringing together well crafted songs with a wall-of-sound alt rock.

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