Hey Colossus Radio Static High on Limited Edition Import LP
The six-piece London-via-Somerset troupe Hey Colossus began 2015 with the release of In Black And Gold - in which the brawny repetition-driven raunch they built their sound on was burnished by dub-derived spatial awareness and cinematic drama, making it both a bold reinvention and an uncommonly compulsive avant-rock document. Yet not content with this, the band immediately set about following it up with their second album of the year, and one that further ups the ante on their savagely graceful assault.
Radio Static High is the sound of a confident outfit honing their attack to become a veritable force of nature. With the band citing - tongue presumably firmly lodged in cheek - inspirations as diverse as Jane's Addiction, Fleetwood Mac (Tango In The Night era) and Cypress Hill, songs were constructed at a fierce rate of knots, yet with a focus and intensity partly instilled by band members living hundreds of miles apart, and partly by the relentless passage of time.
"We have noticed a wave of incredible goodwill towards us. We want to give as we receive," notes guitarist Jonathan Richards, whose chiming lead guitar plays a notable role in the album's Paris, Texas-esque mid-day ambience. "Maybe the knowledge of our 12 years together makes us aware of our mortality. Time is limited. A band's purpose is to create."
Songs took shape from demos, exchanged riffs and drunken text messages alike - one such from guitarist Bob Davis to Richards demanding an homage to Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer" resulted in a demo to that effect a mere 20 minutes later. Which eventually became album centerpiece "Memories Of Wonder." Elsewhere, "Hop The Railings" takes the powerfully propulsive groove of Can and cross-pollinates it with Beefheartian interweaving triple-guitar skronk to make a heat-haze-dwelling juggernaut of intimidating proportions, whilst the closing double-drop of "Hesitation Time" and "Honey" hits like Joy Division repurposed for the soundtrack to True Detective.