Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: Rocket Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Hey Colossus, a band fresh from releasing their finest album to date – the majestically noisy In Black and Gold – back in February of this year. And now they are back with another effort, and it is certainly a contender to take the aforementioned crown away from its predecessor. In Black and Gold was more in touch with the band’s past than this new release.
Somerset sextet find new forms of heaviosity. Currently on a prolific streak, Somerset-rooted, London-based free-form garage rockers Hey Colossus return with their second album this year, a gnarly widescreen audioscape every bit as compelling as its softer-sounding predecessor In Black And Gold. ADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads _ _ .
If this review made a point of praising Hey Colossus for embarking on their own stylistic path, while so many try weaselishly to fit into moulds carved by others, it would run the risk of selling them short. This is because they're not a ragtag group of rootless nomads, but an affable – if ear-bleeding – British heavy rock band who, since forming in the early part of the millennium, have operated on principles derived from DIY punk culture, and have equally taken from and given back to a community of likeminded souls. Except if I were to hold up Radio Static High as a shining example of the greatness produced by the UK […] scene (the blank space is because it's never really been given a name that stuck, as far as I know), that too would feel slightly demeaning towards this marvellous album.
?Releasing two albums in one year (so far, at least…) is a good strike rate for any band. But when a group hits such a rich vein of form as the London-via-Somerset-and-Watford troupe of Hey Colossus, it’s only natural that the tunes keep on coming. Thankfully, fans’ loyalty towards the 12-year-old band is repaid in spades on Radio Static High.