Take some 30 Seconds to Mars, mix with some Coldplay, then add a bit of Linkin Park: that might get you close to The Collegians’ sound. But of course, it’s a fallacy of music criticism that we have to draw comparisons with other acts to describe a new band’s sound. No musician exists in a vacuum, but The Collegians’ debut single “Vaccine” sets them up as an act with its own personality.
Hailing from Australia, the quartet was formed in 2014, and by the following year, they already had a record contract. They spent the last two years writing and fine tuning their material for their upcoming début album, and judging from this single, we can expect hook based songwriting with polished, lush arrangements and slick production.
The Collegians are also working on their live show down under, eager to connect with the audiences they hope to build worldwide. This theme of connection is very important for the musicians, as lead singer/guitarist Glenn Patrick explains: ‘We all got into music because of the connection it makes with other people, no matter where you are, what you’re into. Music is such a blend these days that an audience reflects that. We just want to get onto that emotional level with crowds, and with whoever gets into the music. It’s all give and take, and we’re looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead.’
Clearly The Collegians are working hard to make an impact right out of the gate. “Vaccine” sounds sophisticated, intense and a bit ethereal. A single doesn’t make an album, but I’m looking forward to what’s next for them. Check them out!
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