Personnel: Steven Curtis Chapman (electric guitar); Joe Causey (trumpet, piano, keyboards, glockenspiel, shaker, programming, background vocals); Jeremy Lutito (piano, synthesizer, bongos, background vocals); Stevey Joy Chapman (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Tennessee Williams.
Recording information: Big Light Studio, Nashville, TN (11/2015-02/2016); Geronimo Studio, Nashville, TN (11/2015-02/2016); Someday Studios, Franklin, TN (11/2015-02/2016); The Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN (11/2015-02/2016); Whitman Studios, Nashville, TN (11/2015-02/2016).
Named after the famous Roy Orbison song, Colony House's sophomore album, 2017's Only the Lonely, finds the Franklin, Tennessee-based outfit further honing their passionate, guitar-based sound. Featuring lead singer/guitarist Caleb Chapman and drummer Will Chapman (the children of CCM star Steven Curtis Chapman), Colony House also showcases the talents of lead guitarist Scott Mills and bassist Parke Cottrell. Together, they make a hooky, often spiritually minded (though never overtly Christian) brand of indie rock that owes a heavy debt to such similarly inclined acts as the Killers, One Republic, and Imagine Dragons. Think of Gavin DeGraw fronting Kings of Leon and you'll get a fairly representative sense of the down-the-middle approach Colony House achieve here. Cuts like "Cannot Do This Alone," "You & I," and "I Want It All," bring to mind a pleasant balance of U2's rock uplift, Maroon 5's R&B swagger, and Vampire Weekend's kinetic pop. Ultimately, with Only the Lonely, Colony House have delivered a set of catchy, emotive songs. ~ Matt Collar