Columboid We Were One

Columboid We Were One
Listening to We Were One, the debut LP from Brooklyn, NY four-piece Columboid, is a bit like watching an artist eternally mix paint: something cool could potentially come out it, if only they could put brush to canvas. Featuring members of quickly forgotten (or never heard of) indie rock bands Coyote, Dragon Turtle and Black Acid, Columboid circle the same four or five good ideas for the majority of the album. On "Guy Got Kilt" and "The Contradiction," vocalist Ryan Hamilton channels Ian Curtis's icy flow, while the rhythm section leave things all sparse and dramatic. Allowing their deadpan delivery to somehow sound dynamic, Hamilton and co. keep songs like "Route Notes," "Jacklord" and "Shortfax" dark and menacing, hoping the listener hasn't heard Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds do this type of thing better. We Were One presents Columboid as a band with good taste, they just need to expand their palate. (La Société Expéditionnaire)