COLLOSVS

COLOSSVS SEP 2015Just the name COLOSSVS implies that this is going to be bigger than life. But will it really? Read this interview to find out more. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Colossvs is from Melbourne, Australia, and has been a band since 2011. There has been numerous lineup changes over the years, but our guitarist Michael Calle and drummer Ash Denman have been there from the start. Myself (Lochlan Watt) joined on vocals just in time to record on the debut album ‘Unholy’ in 2014, and we have since been joined by Lewis Noke-Edwards on guitars and Chris on bass.

What has been the greatest catalyst in shaping your sound?
-The band was originally inspired very heavily by metallic hardcore bands like Ringworm, Integrity, and to a less obvious extent more eclectic heavy bands like Converge and Mastodon. As time went on the band went down a darker path, and began to really expand the sound into black/death metal territory. Bands like Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, and Satyricon were huge in making the band sound how it does now. I also think bands like At The Gates and The Black Dahlia Murder played a part, especially with how my vocals sound.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It took Unholy over a year from the first pre-production being recorded until the album was finally out. There were some disagreements about how to release that album that took time to overcome, and then with me coming in and the last minute and having to re-record all the vocals made things take even longer. With where we are at now, the writing for our next album is coming along smoothly, and we have some interest from bigger labels for it, so it will hopefully be a much easier process than before.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Yes, of course. It’s nice to know that anyone with an internet connection can hear our band.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-I don’t think so. It’s all tied together. Even if you are a true underground band that deals exclusively in old school style tape trading circles, all it takes is five minutes for one person to rip your CD and put the files online. Obviously we are careful to not have new material out there before its intended date, but there’s no use trying to resist the era we live in.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Mostly positive, it’s been a slow burn to get the album out and in front of people, and a year on we’re still getting feedback from people who have just discovered the band. Some people love the old school recording sound. Some people don’t think our production is good enough, usually because none of the drums are sampled or replaced – they are all real, as they were played. That is a symptom of the Pro-Tools era. We do however have a bigger sound in mind for the next record.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The last time we had a merch sale we ended up sending out merch to Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and France – it’s pretty cool that we can be sending stuff out all over the world just through facilitating everything ourselves at home.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Yes, definitely. The band originated in a hardcore scene that, while quite supportive and engaged, was very isolated and insular. We felt there wasn’t much room for us to grow as a band there. Gradually as the band’s sound and members have changed, we’ve moved on to generally playing most often with metal bands, which we have found has given the band a new life. We think our music is more metal than it is hardcore so it makes sense that metalheads are really enjoying us. It’s cool that every time we come back to a place on tour that there’s always the same people – whether playing with us, organising the show, giving us a place to stay – and each time that is growing.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is the best way to build a bigger following. You have to be a pretty special band to develop a following without performing live. Each time we return to a city the turnout is bigger, and we have the same fans coming back again and again to see us. It’s satisfying to watch it grow and we’re looking forward to keeping it going.

What plans do you have for the future?
-This October we go on tour with Thy Art Is Murder for their ‘Holy War’ album launch tour, which we’re very excited about. The shows should all be massive and insane, and we haven’t really played with many deathcore bands before, so it’s kind of a new audience for us. In November we are playing with At The Gates and Downfall of Gaia, and then in December we are doing a short run of headline shows. After that the plan for 2016 is to record a new album and tour Europe.

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