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Hey Colossus

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London/Somerset experimental scuzz unit Hey Colossus have been knocking around for a decade now in the noisier end of the noise rock spectrum. Now an eight-piece ensemble (or rocktopus, if you will) of indeterminate membership, they’ve put their years of experience over albums, splits and live shows into ten records.

Hey Colossus started in late 2003. The band’s initial ultimate aim: Fudge Tunnel V. Can. First gig was at the Buffalo Bar, Highbury Corner, September ‘03, with Trencher. January ‘04 the debut album ‘HATES YOU’ was released, 12” only.

Then came a split 7” with Nott’s finest, Lords. Followed quickly in 2005 by album number two, ‘II’, which came out in the U.S on Shifty Records, home to the greatest sludge rock. “At their zenith, in the midst of the longform workouts, they come close to touching simultaneous blisspoints of Neu!’s motorik momentum and Bardo Pond’s fathomless well of distortion.” said jazz mag WIRE.

Gigs with Boris, Oneida, Comets On Fire, Shit+Shine. A collaboration 12” with killer Southend skronk band Woe under the name Woe Colossus dropped on the small London based imprint State Of Distress. A split 7” with The Phil Collins 3 on Victory Garden, a 4 way 10” with Todd/Part Chimp/Lords, a split 12” with Japanese doom masters dot(.). “Imagine ‘The Song of the Volga Boatmen’ with the ‘Ey-ooch-nyem’ chant replaced by multiple fuzz guitars, and yooz approaching the Colossus pleasure centres. Now add mind-bending ‘30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ top-end whiddly-wee and you nailed that sucker!” said Julian Cope.

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