8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 09 June 2011
Columboid score the soundtrack to the end of days...they are the bringers of death...they are the answer to my Gothic dreams. Formed around the nucleus of singer/keyboardist Ryan Hamilton in his NYC basement back in 2009 and joined by Benjamin (Drums, Vocals) and Russell Higbee (Hamilton's PA childhood friend, ex-Coyote band mate, and main Man- Man) on bass Columboid create '...an unholy alliance between music and technology'. Columboid's sound is primarily anchored by Hamiliton's vocal delivery that sits somewhere between the two Gothic Ians; Astbury and Curtis. It edges more toward Astbury and at times drifts into hyper melodic vocal drones reminiscent of that Thom 'trout smack' Yorke lad. Musically the band are on an '80s gothic downer building tracks from fractured sawtooth synth tones and Siouxsie And The Banshees-esque rhythmic arrangements. Occasionally it also hints at the high drama of Kate Bush in her earliest incarnations. Total night beats. Perfect with a strong cup of coffee, twenty strong cigarettes and outright contempt for human life.
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