COLUMBUS

FOR FANS OF: THE WON­DER YEARS, GNARWOLVES, KNUCKLE PUCK

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COLUMBUS? MORE LIKE COLOUR-BUS… RIGHT?!

Err, if you say so. Once you’re done mak­ing aw­ful jokes, get ac­quainted with Bris­bane’s hottest new alt. punk band.the trio have a past as colour­ful as the photo above, with their first-ever tour to­gether be­ing in China, where they played a gig on the Great Wall. No mosh-pits were in­cited, sadly, as they were aged 16 and play­ing as part of their school jazz band. Singer/ guitarist Alex Moses and drum­mer Dan Sey­mour met even ear­lier than that, when they were in pri­mary school .“we started jam­ming in Dan’s liv­ing room, cover­ing Green Day and writ­ing songs,” re­mem­bers Alex. “They were pretty bad – the first one was called School’s Out ’cause school’s the only thing that’s im­por­tant to you when you’re nine, or not im­por­tant (laughs).”

TOUR­ING IN A SCHOOL JAZZ BAND MUST BE QUITE DIF­FER­ENT TO A PUNKROCK ONE…

“Yeah it’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” laughs the

“OUR SONGS HELP PEO­PLE GET THROUGH THINGS…”

front­man, who is tour­ing the UK with ROAM when we chat. “the school one was or­gan­ised and this is like un­or­gan­ised id­iots that play gui­tar and try to or­gan­ise each other

(laughs)!” Don’t be fooled, though, be­cause these ‘un­or­gan­ised id­iots’ are cur­rently jug­gling univer­sity with be­ing in a band. they use the no­to­ri­ously-long Aussie tour routes where “you’ve gotta drive like four-and-a-half days through a mountain of snakes to get to the next show” to do as­sign­ments. alex, who’s study­ing a law de­gree, wouldn’t mind be­ing a rare ex­am­ple of a punk-rock-lawyer. “That’d be si­i­i­i­ick,” he smiles.

SO, ALEX COULD GET US OFF AN UN­PAID PARK­ING FINE – BUT WHAT’S HIS SONG­WRIT­ING LIKE? Rather amaz­ing, ac­tu­ally. May we present Ex­hibit A (lifts up a zi­plock bag with a copy of the three-piece’s de­but, Spring For­ever,

in­side). the Fall Out Boy and Billy Talentin­spired record’s name comes from spring be­ing the best sea­son in Aus­tralia (not too hot, ap­par­ently). “spring is like a metaphor for a time where ev­ery­thing is okay – as cheesy as it sounds.you may have been through the win­ter, but it’s gonna be spring,” he ex­plains. His lyrics, how­ever, cover ev­ery­thing from love, to loss, to mental health. “even if you don’t have a di­ag­nos­able mental ill­ness or dis­or­der, the ideas of anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion hit home to you at some point in your life.and that’s the place that I take in­spi­ra­tion from.” Im­por­tantly, the trio’s sound is melan­choly, with­out be­ing mopey. “a lot of peo­ple that en­joy our mu­sic say, ‘your songs are sad, but they helped me get through things.’” So, wanna be as happy as Columbus play­ing with pow­der paint? Then stick ’em on your stereo now…

(L – R): Ben Payn­ter (bass/back­ing vo­cals),alex Moses (vo­cals/gui­tar) and Daniel Sey­mour (drums)

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