Following a quiet past year after the release of their sophomore album A Hot Take On Heartbreak, east coast trio Columbus are thrilled to return with their driving, honest and hopeful new single Can’t Hide From What Hurts. Playing earnest and relatable rock ballads, Australian trio Columbus have established themselves a force to be reckoned with, both internationally and abroad. Alex from the band answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way.

How has the response been to your new single Can’t Hide From What Hurts?
We’re so happy with the response to Can’t Hide From What Hurts. This was the first music we’d released since mid-2018, so we were unsure about how it would go. It’s been so cool to see people digging it online and hearing people singing it back at shows.

Was the process of making the track as challenging as you thought?
We had written and demo’d a few songs, and Can’t Hide From What Hurts wasn’t even our first initial choice for a single. Once we got in the room with our producer Joel Quartermain, the song came together so quickly, and working through all the kinks came so naturally. We recorded most of the music in Joel’s studio, and then I (Alex) tracked additional vocals and guitars at Bakehouse Studios. It was a really rewarding process.

Sonically, how would describe your music?
We see ourselves as a rock band. However I think how I would describe our music depends on who I’m describing it to. To people who like alternative music, I would say we’re a rock band with influences from punk, rock and emo music. To my Mum or work colleagues I’d say we sound like “Angry Blink 182”

Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
It’s a little cliché but bands like Green Day and Blink 182 really sparked my interest in modern punk and rock music from when I was 9-10 years old all throughout my teenage years. If I listened to wildly different music as a teenager I’d probably be in a very different band.

Best piece of advice you have been given?
Eat your vegetables – Mum

How did the band get together?
The band started in 2012 in Brisbane. Daniel (Drums) and I (Alex – Guitar/Vox) met each other in primary school, and used to play music in our parent’s living rooms. Lauren joined the band in early 2019, and
now we all live in different states and spend a lot of time in airports.

What do you love most about the career you’ve had so far, and what are you most excited about for the future?
The thing I love most about what Columbus has done so far, is having the opportunity to have an impact on a listener. Having a connection with an audience on stage, or hearing that your song really means something to someone else is probably the coolest part about playing music. I’m excited for 2020, new music, new shows, it’s going to be a great year.

Interview By Rob Lyon

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