The Labor of Love – Colony House

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From birth to old age, music is in everyone’s life. For most people, simply hearing and relating to the art is enough; however, there are a rare few who feel a deeper passion. One to create the music for others to hear. Caleb and Will Chapman realized they not only had that passion but the talent to match it, so they founded Colony House, an American indie rock band, who will be featured at the Grand Stafford Theater on Oct. 14.

Caleb Chapman, the group’s lead singer, says, “The things that you care about and that you want to see prosper—These things take time and patience.” Taking their time, working on their music with tons of patience is exactly what Will and Caleb did. Colony House’s first studio album was released on Aug 22, 2014, but the group had already been performing together and trying to grow for six years.

The Chapman brothers played together right out of high school, Caleb singing and Will on the drums. Two to three years later, they met Scott Mills – their guitarist. From that point forward, they played for another three years before finally releasing their first album “When I was Younger.” Currently the band includes those three, along with Parke Cottrell who plays bass and/or keys.

“When we started recording, we thought it would just be an EP, but the producers pushed us to make an album,” Chapman said. “I didn’t think we had enough material to pull that off.”

Chapman views their first album as one of the band’s biggest accomplishments. After so many years of hard work, their efforts paid off. The album reached No. 154 on the Billboard 200.

“The music is much more lyrically based,” explained Chapman, “The material is very personal and based off everyday observations about life and relationships. Because of that, family is a big part of the influence and inspiration of these songs.”

Drawing musical inspiration from bands such as U2, King of Leon, and even artists like Johnny Cash, Chapman explains the music could be categorized as alternative; however, it is very nostalgic. He describes it as journal entries turned into songs. One of his favorite songs is “This Beautiful Life.” For Chapman, some songs can take days, months, or years to be made, but there are those rare songs that seem like they have always been there and just need to be discovered.

“This is the labor of love,” Chapman said, “As long as we see growth, we’re satisfied.”

Tickets can be purchased on the Grand Stafford Theater website for $18 or at the door for $20.

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