Melbourne band Collegians recently released another single titled “Black Mass” to follow their popular hit “Vaccine” which reached #10 on the AMRAP Regional Charts, #23 on iTunes Rock Charts and the Top 20 on AIR Charts. The band, whose sound has been likened to acts such as Muse, Linkin Park, Garbage and Depeche Mode delivers a rock and electronic fusion that offers mainstream appeal. Though “Black Mass” has been described as a “true anti-establishment track” it beckons fans of popular music no matter where they fall on the political spectrum because after all, one cannot deny good music regardless of their leanings.
“Black Mass” conveys unrefined emotion and a strong inclination for originality. Collegians are re-introducing some of the sounds that will make now 30-somethings reminisce about including 90s alternative and punk while also introducing newer sounds that 20-somethings, tweens and teens will love. It is this wide-generational appeal that will allow the Collegians to transcend time much like the earlier bands they are compared to. Let there be no mistake however, though it is easy to draw comparisons to familiar acts due to some recognizable elements, the Collegians have created their own lane as defined through a unique sound. The fusion which intertwines electronic elements and rock nuances is unmistakable and righteously addictive.
In addition to the powerful musicianship on “Black Mass”, the songwriting and vocal performances also resonate with audiences. The band really gets to the core of topics that most acts reserve for their inner feelings or personal conversations rather than making such discussions public through music as a medium. Collegians have used their platform effectively, reaching listeners with meaningful content that will evoke an emotional response. This emotion can certainly be felt through every chord, beat, note, and riff as well as the carefully laid vocals.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Collegians is a band that is known for their unapologetic digs into the emotions with their signature alternative-rock fusion. The band formed in 2014 and since landed a deal with Cultivator Records in 2015. Collegians commenced work on their debut album with the release of “Vaccine” which included a single and accompanying music video. Band members include Glenn Patrick (Singer), Gerry Leigh (Guitars), James Leigh (Bass & Keys), and Vince Leigh (Drums).
Glenn Patrick, the band’s frontman has been recognized for his “raw-throated vocals” on lead. The band creates music that resonates with audiences with a high level of depth. Members of Collegians are no strangers to the stage and the band is revered for its live shows which capture the essence of their album. The band is also known for delivering explosive energy during live performances which has enabled the Collegians to reach a vast audience. The British-born lead vocalist and frontman Glenn states, “We all got into music because of the connection it makes with other people, no matter where you are, what you’re into. Music is such a blend these days that an audience reflects that. We just want to get onto that emotional level with crowds, and with whoever gets into the music. It’s all give and take, and we’re looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead” (collegiansmusic.com).
Collegians have had some time to define their style in terms of writing and production. The foursome is still basking in the critical praise of their debut release “Vaccine” but has not stopped working. Fans are eager with the release of their latest single “Black Mass” which is making rounds across the music sphere to include radio airplay, chart tops, and an ever-expanding audience of new fans.
Part of Collegians signature sound encompasses pop-hooks, dark synths and deeply-rooted rock elements. Combining nuances of the past and facets of today, the band has developed a timely sound that is both compelling and candid. Audiences will take solace in relatable stories of darkness, solitude and anguish, knowing that they are not alone. The fact is, Collegians are bringing back the sounds that music has been missing for at least the last 20 years but with a refreshingly contemporary spin and they have done so with ideal timing.
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Collegians Black Mass
“Black Mass” which has only been making rounds since it’s recent release on November 17th, has received numerous accolades. The track reached #5 on the AMRAP Regional Charts, having also stayed in the top 10 for 3 weeks. The song also topped the iTunes Rock Charts at #9 and in the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition, it received an Honorable Mention in the Rock Category. Learn more about Collegians by following the links below.