Beaner's Beats: The Good Colonels Are Good SoldiersThere are few words to describe native Duluth band “The Good Colonels.” This is obvious in their pure bred rock and roll sound. The three piece makes strong use of driving chord progressions and loud rock bass lines.
By: Sam Wattrus , East High School
There are few words to describe native Duluth band “The Good Colonels.” This is obvious in their pure bred rock and roll sound. The three piece makes strong use of driving chord progressions and loud rock bass lines.
Composed of Codie Leseman on guitar, Curtis Mattson on drums, and more recently, Jon Conaway on the bass. The local band plays progressive indie rock with little or no words to describe it. Literally. There are typically no vocals in the in songs. While the lack of singing does surprise, it does not necessarily detract from their music.
The band makes good use of guitar chord fusion-ed with complex melody lines. While playing guitar chords, Lesseman also managed to play melodies around the chord shapes. These melodies help to fill the empty space left by the lack of vocal melodies. When the guitar went off in solos or pure melody lines, the bass had enough fuzz and treble on it to fill the space left by the lack of guitar chords.
Seeing “The Good Colonels” play with the energy and pure rock sound that they did, brought to mind the sound of pure rock sounds bands such as “The White Stripes,” “The Dead Weather,” and “The Raconteurs.”
“When I first saw them, I thought, ‘This is going to be a very good way to spend my Thursday night,’” said freshman Jack Campbell. “They had a very full sound, full and rounded.”
“The Good Colonels” will be playing during Homegrown Music Festival at Beaner’s Central at 8 PM. I highly recommend you all check them out and come support some excellent local music. Check them out on myspace!
P.S. Make sure to check as much local music as you can during Homegrown, May 2 – 9!