By Steven Jenkins
Since the release of Unholy in late 2014, Melbourne band Colossvs has been extremely busy with constant tours with some rather big names. Now they’re gearing up to take on the ‘Holy War’ tour in October alongside Thy Art Is Murder, Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks. We spoke to vocalist Lochlan Watt about how far the band has come and what it took to get where they are now.
“It feels like it’s been on a consistent and steady burn since the album was released last year. There’s been a nice increase on what the band has been achieving especially as of late. The album itself really pushed us to be more than just a hardcore band, which is what Colossvs was before I stepped in on vocals. I think Colossvs was really almost reborn a little bit, with something a little bit more metal and darker than what it had been. That’s helped with playing to different crowds and stuff the tour offers just started happening. Now we’re in a really fortunate position where bands that I’ve been friends with for years and years have asked us to come and tour with them.”
“We’ve done a few of our own headline shows ourselves to launch the album in November last year. We went to Asia for a bit, then came back and did some shows with Goatwhore, then hit the road with our friends King Parrot and High Tension, which was fun. Had a week off then go straight back into it with The Black Dahlia Murder and Psycroptic tour. All those tours we learnt so much about being a band and the professional side of things and what we want out of being a band. Things are feeling really good at the moment for Colossvs.”
Colossvs have toured Australia numerous times in 2015 with some big international names in heavy music and some big Aussie acts. As a diehard fan of heavy music, I asked Lochlan whom he had the most fun touring with so far this year.
“They’ve all been pretty cool, but in terms of bucket lists I think that touring with The Black Dahlia Murder was right up there. If someone told 17 year old me that I’d be playing shows with those guys, I would have done a triple backflip on the spot. That was a real dream come true. But I think actually King Parrot was a personal favorite, that was a real standout. Just the way those guys run their band and the way that whole tour was run. There was no tour manager; there was no merch people, no tag alongs, and just a few bands all getting looked after by each other. Everyone was treated equally and King Parrot were always making sure we were all good and helpful, it was really special and inspiring.”
This October will see a solid line-up of some of the best deathcore and metalcore that Australia has to offer. Colossvs will be a part of that in what will sure to be a massive few shows, which is something the band and Mr. Watt are very much looking forward to. Keen to show audiences what they have to offer, the frontman tell us a bit about the ‘Holy War Tour.’
I’m really looking forward to seeing Thy Art performing their new album live every night. The fact that they asked us to come out on tour with them was pretty humbling in itself. I really like how Thy Art have kept it an all Australian line up and the fact that we’re all mates should make for a really cool tour. Every tour this year has basically been to a different type of audience, this will put us in front of another bigger crowd who may or may not be aware of Colossvs, so we’re excited about that.
Colossvs Tour Dates with Thy Art Is Murder, Aversions Crown, Feed Her To The Sharks
Presented by Heavy Magazine, UNFD and New World Artists
Wednesday 14 October – Amplifier, Perth (18+) *
Tickets available from Oztix
Saturday 17 October – The Factory, Sydney (Lic/AA)
Tickets available from The Factory
Sunday 18 October – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane (18+)
Tickets available from Oztix and the
Tickets on sale now.
*Feed Her To The Sharks not appearing in Perth