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The lucky thirteenth record by Hey Colossus is the work of six musicians in tune with the dualities of life as a loud rock band, fit to channel both the dances of aspiration and the curses of reality into a record that transcends all limitations in a blinding volley of incandescence.

When the band first began work their innate chemistry apparently took care of itself, and whatever sparks were spontaneously flying gave rise to enough material to make “Dances/Curses” a double record, running the gamut from the rhythmically-driven and infectious ‘Donkey Jaw’ and ‘Medal’ to the mightily motorik-powered and cinematic 15 minute travelogue that is ‘A Trembling Rose’,

Longterm Hey Colossus fan Mark Lanegan makes an appearance amidst the languid and sun-soaked denouement of ‘The Mirror’, the existential gravitas of his tones entirely at home in these revelatory surroundings. Fittingly Dances/Curses is released on bassist Joe Thompson’s own Wrong Speed Records, his latest such venture in a lifetime of steadfast belief in the DIY maxim, “It’s 100% time for all bands to take control of their shit” he notes. All the tools are there to do it yourself. Back your own horse. It’s practical. It’s positive”

This serendipitous album marks something even these six musicians never necessarily intended – a work in the tradition of the double album that somehow changes itself every time it returns to the shelf. Somewhere on the great continuum between Unwound’s Leaves Turn Inside You and Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life Of Plants”, Hey Colossus have created their finest alchemical achievement to date. 

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The Band:

Robert Davis,
Rhys Llewellyn,
Will Pearce,
Chris Summerlin,
Paul Sykes,
Joe Thompson

Vocals on The Mirror by Mark Lanegan

Released November 6th, 2020

It will likely turn a few heads that ‘The Mirror’, a dark, brooding track around halfway through this latest from Hey Colossus, features an appearance by the one and only Mark Lanegan. A bonafide alternative rock titan, his reputation for collaborative work is well known, but so are his exacting standards. Only working with the best, the fact he’s even here says volumes about where this shapeshifting, hardcore-cum-post punk noisemakers are at.

Dances / Curses is loud when it needs to be, for example the growling riffs of Tied In A Firing Line, or the stadium-filling, doom-laden frenzy of Dead Songs For Dead Sires, but isn’t afraid of intimacy either. Stylites In Reverse’s delicate melodies, or Blood Red Madrigal’s hazy, woozy, melancholic air. A broad brushstroke that confirms Hey Colossus are among the most vital we’ve currently got.

Hey Colossus is an English rock band formed in London in 2003. Since its inception, the band has undergone several line-up changes, revolving around founding members Joe Thompson and Robert Davis. Longterm Hey Colossus fan Mark Lanegan makes an appearance amidst the languid and sun-soaked denouement of ‘The Mirror’, the existential gravitas of his tones entirely at home in these revelatory surroundings.

The band is characterised by its ‘heavy’ sound, DIY ethic, prolific output, and stylistic experimentation.

New double album ‘Dances / Curses’ on Ltd Clear 2LP/2CD/DL released on November 6th via Wrong Speed Records (UK/Euro) & Learning Curve Records (US).

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I love the Hey Colossus album “In Black And Gold” released earlier this year and I bought this Split 7 on the strength of it. Their track is great as is the White Manna number. Good, strong rock music