Brisbane punk trio Columbus have released their new single “Replace Me” via their new home UNFD. Exploring the emotions of feeling distant to the people closest to you, “Replace Me” is the very first taste from their debut album, due out later this year.
Interestingly, Columbus didn’t start life as a punk band. Childhood friends Alex Moses and Daniel Seymour met bass player Ben Paynter in their high school jazz band. In early 2012, the trio switched technical musicianship for three chords and the truth and set off on their mission to become an earnest punk band. Taking their cues from scene leaders like Title Fight, Luca Brasi, Brand New and their favourite band Blink-182, Columbus hit the stage immediately.
In October 2013, Columbus released their debut EP, Sad Songs and Sing-alongs and swiftly became a name to remember in the Brisbane punk scene. A flurry of international supports followed, which saw Columbus share the stage with the likes of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Neck Deep, Basement and Worthwhile.
The release of their highly-acclaimed EP Home Remedy in January 2015 changed everything. The EP was downloaded over 3500 times on Bandcamp alone and caught the attention of the wider music industry with single ‘Hospital’ scoring regular spins on community radio here and college radio abroad. Columbus were quickly picked up by the management team at We Are Unified (Vance Joy, Violent Soho, The Amity Affliction), 123 Agency and The Agency Group (US). Their main stage debut at Soundwave Festival came next, then they clocked up the kilometres on Australian highways with Real Friends and Hands Like Houses, playing packed rooms and causing havoc at every stop. This caught the attention of Blunt Magazine who awarded Columbus with the ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best EP Release’ in their 2015 Readers’ Poll.
Columbus jumped straight into 2016 with a much sought after appearance on Unify. Straight after wooing massive crowds on the festival, the band signed to UNFD (Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Hands Like Houses). The next stop for Columbus will be the to record their highly-anticipated debut album. Expect to wrap your ears around it later this year.