In Episode Nine of the second season of The Feeling Sound Podcast, we talk to Sheppo and Jonny ‘Echo” of the Liverpool-based band, Columbia.
They are a band that is making big waves in 2023.
Formed in late 2017 by a group of school friends with no previous musical experience, Columbia is just one example of a new authentic ‘Liverpool Sound’ coming out of the North West. The band’s obsession with being a proper old school, Rock ‘n’ Roll band, is both stoked and driven by their working-class roots. They draw their musical inspiration from bands such as The Verve, Oasis, Rolling Stones, Stone Roses and The Beatles – Added to this, is a healthy helping of influence from the classic underground and techno dance scene, all culminating in an eclectic overall musical style, that isn’t easy to pin down.
Columbia has garnered an enthusiastic and loyal following so far, by playing live and releasing tracks at regular intervals. Their collaborations in the Studio, with the incredibly talented Producer (and ‘The Heavy North’ Guitarist), Jose Ibanez, have resulted in an impressive back catalogue of ’singles’ so far. The January release, ’Somewhere I Belong’, with its haunting vocal by frontman Sheppo, was unanimously well received. The band are being recognised at last, as an important part of the newly emerging Liverpool Music Scene, and are beginning to find their own unique tone and voice within that group of artists.
They continue to go from strength to strength, with a new single, ‘Memory Lane’ in the final stages of production at Jose Ibanez’s, 3rd Planet Recording Studio, in Liverpool. They are also just about to set out on a mini UK Tour with This Feeling in May, starting in Swansea (4th May), Leeds (6th May), Birmingham (19th May) and finishing in Manchester (20th May).
Get along to see them play live if you can – It’ll be well worth it.
Frontman – Alex Sheppo
Bass & Vocal’s – Jonny Eccleshall
Lead Guitar – Jay Sweeney
Rhythm Guitar – Tom Comer
Drums – Jay Culkin