The Band Colony House is a unique outfit indeed. Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, the rock quartet is a hybrid of musical styles. A symphonious Frankenstein’s monster, if you will. Made up brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, (vocalist and drummer respectively) joined by Scott Mills (guitar), and Parke Cottrell (Bass), the group pays homage to their hometown with their music. The list of genre influences on the new album is extensive,and there are few that could not be argued in some way, but there is a prominent country/blues vibe that caries through the whole record. There is also a sort of Zeppelin-like riff rock style to some of the songs, accompanied by 50s chord progressions and backing vocals. One song is clearly inspired by the many stages of U2’s discography, complete with the insane delay levels that Edge made famous. You have to hear it to believe it.
The real meat of Only the Lonely however, is the density and richness of its lyrical themes, and the poignancy with which it addresses them. The opening track “Cannot Do This Alone” tells of the necessity of companionship and love, in a life that simply cannot be navigated solitary. Chapman (Caleb, the vocalist) sings:
“I need somebody who knows my name
to shine a light on the darker days
don’t ever let me go”
Diverging from the Roy Orbison song, the record borrows its title from, the record is not an ode to love lost, and depression; far from it, Only the Lonely is less of a lament of being alone, and more of an instruction manual for the musically inclined, of how not to be alone. The album addresses the pain of loneliness:
“Sometimes I feel like I’m the only
one who ever felt alone”
The record makes its way into more positive territory, eventually closing on the introspective “This Beautiful Life”
“There must be more
to this wonderful
Colony House’s latest release sends a message of love, brotherhood, and general companionship. For an album centered on the idea of loneliness, it offers a satisfyingly positive listening experience.