SOME STUFFS: Columboid to release “Magi” at the end of November

Columboid has a new album mixed, miastered, and ready to go, in fact you can listen to it in full right now before its November 30th release date. Six brand new songs, with two either running close to or going beyond the 8-minute mark, so you know it has to be a trip and if you don’t know why, get your good pair of headphones, press play, and find out how their music works on you. The Brooklyn band are ready to unleash some goodness so if you like what you hear, consider pre-ordering the album. They say things are leaning on the Cabaret Voltaire/This Heat/Throbbing Gristle side of things so now that you have been prepared, get a knife and slice into the goodness of Magi.

VIDEO: Columboid’s “Dad’s Gonna Be Proud”

From their latest album Monster Vision (La Société Expéditionnaire) is a vision from Columboid, made for their song “Dad’s Gonna Be Proud” and will he, and/or they? Maybe. Try it out.

Columboid – Dad’s Gonna Be Proud from Columboid on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Columboid’s “Gorky”

Columboid, the trio who reside in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and with their album Monster Vision (La Société Expéditionnaire) in rotation in some circles, they’ve made a cool video with director for the song “Gorky”. Columboid drummer and vocalist Neil Benjamin co-directed this with Cody Conelly, and has been described as being about “a woman stumbling through an alternate reality where faces emerge from walls and gravity itself is altered.” Got that locked in your mind? Fresh, now press play.

Columboid – Gorky from Columboid on Vimeo.

FREE MP3 DL: Columboid’s “Gorky”

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Monster Vision (La Société Expéditionnaire) is album that you’ve been streaming and… oh wait, you haven’t heard Columboid’s Monster Vision album yet? What’s holding you back? Here’s a song from the album that I hope will persuade you to listen to it in full, called “Gorky”. You can thank me later.

(If you need more convincing, my review of Monster Vision can be read by clicking here.)

REVIEW: Columboid’s “Monster Vision”

 photo Columboid_cover_zps31fba26d.jpg Columboid play the kind of rock that covers a wide spectrum of sound and influences. On one end they enjoy punking it up, on another end you may hear hints of garage or surf music. Or in a track like “Superlatude” you’ll hear some of these things run through a progressive rock filter, and then it turns somewhere unexpected a few minutes later. This is the band’s monster vision, which they nicely reveal in their album called Monster Vision (La Société Expéditionnaire), where you go in one way and come out more fabulous than ever before. Upon first listen, some of the bands they reminded me of include The Flaming Lips, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and mr. Gnome. The interludes presented on this album (there are three listed and an epilogue, although the intro to “Shop Attack” could be considered an interlude as well) sound like they were recorded and mixed in mono, sounding like something recorded onto cassette as a demo recording and left as is. The proper songs are fully developed and mixed beautifully, as if this punk rock is not meant to sound this way but it did because the musicians were in love with the clowns and makeup. I say this because some of this music sounds festive, or at least fun to listen as much as I think it was to play, and the use of reverb in parts gives it that lo-fi quality of many albums in the early 60’s and 80’s, where the budget may not have been as well as their friends but they were going to do their best to make it work. There are even passages of minimalism that may remind some of Can or certain Echo & The Bunnymen passages. The different audio textures Columboid go through to make Monster Vision work is a part of the album’s distinctive qualities, giving the songs their own individual character that helps to develop the overall picture they’re trying to paint as a whole. It doesn’t matter what the full picture is, just dive in and have some fun. Develop your own imagery later.

(You may pre-order Monster Vision through Bandcamp below {or click here if the player is not showing up.)

VIDEO: Columboid’s “Juicy Mode”

COLUMBOID – Juicy Mode from Jorge Torres-Torres on Vimeo.

Last week, Columboid presented a new track called “Juicy Mode”. A video has been made for the song, so now you’re able to see what they were able to do with this very zesty song. Yes, this is a zest fest, do not be alarmed. The song will be released on their La Société Expéditionnaire album, Monster Vision, scheduled for release on June 18th.

FREE MP3 DL: Columboid’s “Juicy Mode”

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Are these three men part of the latest teen sensations? No, they are Columboid, and Brooklyn is where they are stationed at. They are also stationed on the La Société Expéditionnaire label, who will be releasing the trio’s second album, Monster Vision. While they are modern day pioneers of the synth-sax, the group are much more than something novel for the sake of being novel, these guys rock in a way that brings to mind hints of surf music, 60’s garage rock, and just something that can’t be explained. You have to hear it, not only because it’s called “Juicy Mode” (not to be confused with “Juicy Mold”), but because they’re turning out music worth checking out and spreading to everyone. On top of that, a song with a 2:57 intro? Check it out now.

You may also want to check them out in a live setting, with two scheduled performances next month:
June 19… Brooklyn, NY (St. Vitus)
June 29… Philadelphia, PA (Ortlieb’s)