Columbia Mills are delighted to share the first single ‘Strange Game’ (Sept 27th) from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘CCTV’.
Columbia Mills don’t deal in gimmicks or crowd-pleasing antics but on ‘Strange Game’, the lead single from that new album, the lyric “You’re not ready to carry me home” is a ready-made call and response refrain to echo around your brain.
The album due for release 2020 and was produced by Columbia Mills and mixed by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey, Editors etc)
“‘Strange Game’ is the first single from our forthcoming album. The song explores the effects that a battle with addiction and depression can have on a relationship. Sometimes when people go clean it can actually bore the other person in a strange way.
There may have been part of the addiction that formed the relationship in the first place and without it there’s an empty space.
Toing and froing, trying to get the balance right between a boring sober relationship and an exciting chaos laden life.” says Fiachra Treacy.
Constant musical development has marked the journey of Columbia Mills since the band’s inception in 2014.
Brothers Fiachra and Uisneagh Treacy found like minds in Ste Ward, Paul Kenny and Mick Heffernan in Bray, Meath and Dublin.
Their mission statement was to merge electronica, dance and pop while fostering a spirit of inclusion always evident at the long-gone club in Dublin’s docklands from where they took their name.
‘Never Gonna Look At You The Same’ and other songs on their debut EP ‘Factory Settings’ smelled like prime Mary Chain but 2015’s EP ‘The Perfect Day’ found them transitioning from the Reid brothers’ influence to more beat-driven cacophonies on its title track and the quietly epic ‘History’.
On 2017’s debut album, ‘A Safe Distance To Watch’, they transitioned again. One of its stand-out tracks, ‘This’.
‘City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me’, reflected the disappointment lead singer and principal songwriter Fiachra felt with Dublin after arriving from Bray in pursuit of a musical career; a city that was said to prize its artists, now prices creativity beyond its boundaries.
With new member, Ken McCabe on keyboards/electronics, Columbia Mills’ burgeoning fanbase will be in no way surprised that the tracks on their sophomore album, ‘CCTV’ (due for release in 2020) sees continuing evidence of that constant music development.
The new songs reveal a band who have truly found their voice but also the hands to fashion the sound to which they’ve aspired. You will sense that and soon cherish what you hear. They, meanwhile, will be plotting their next move.
8th Nov – Mike The Pies, Listowel
15th Nov – Bloody Mary’s South William Street, Dublin
Photo: Derek Kennedy