“Australian alternative punk”… sound familiar? No, we’re not talking about Tonight Alive, but Columbus, an up-and-coming trio hailing from Brisbane. There are no gimmicks with these guys— they’re not able to proudly proclaim being “female fronted” or that they got swept into the limelight by a member of One Direction checking them out on YouTube (you know who were talking about…), but Columbus are bursting with a brilliance that can’t see them lumped in with the rest of the ‘generic pop punk’ crowd.
Columbus have played with the likes of Real Friends, Hands Like Houses and The Ataris in Australia, all prior to the release of their debut album. Released later this month, Spring Forever is just the first chapter for the band, who make their first overseas appearance this November in support of ROAM in the UK.
Spring Forever starts hard and fast with ‘Summer Dress‘, a tune that makes Columbus’ influences pretty clear. The Wonder Years and Saves The Day come to mind, but they are in no way trying to emulate— every second is remarkably new and unique. ‘Daffodil‘, a solid track with vibrant vocals and a simple but effective melody premiered on BBC Radio 1‘s Rock Show with Daniel P Carter earlier this month, earning it some well deserved recognition ahead of the trio’s first performances in Britain.
While the band’s sound is somewhat fresh, it’s not particularly groundbreaking either, and that becomes apparent as the album reaches the midway ‘slump’ and starts to fall flat. Acoustic track ‘Nervous Wreck‘ is nothing that special, nor is the A Day To Remember-esque ‘Hopeless‘ that follows. It all becomes a little same-y when you’re right in the thick of it, and unfortunately it doesn’t really move to pick back up.
‘Replace Me‘ is better, but not by miles, and it’s not until the titular final track that any sort of inspiration is served. Setting it apart from the rest of the album, it has to be noted just how catchy it is. It’s all fast guitars and softer vocals that don’t really feature much on the rest of the album, but it’s a special effect that really packs a punch for the finale of this solid but, at some points, dry debut.