Q&A with Caleb Chapman of Colony House

Nashville’s indie-rock trio, Colony House, is a band of brothers – both by blood and by heart, as vocalist Caleb Chapman puts it. The band released their debut album, When I Was Younger in July of last year and are currently touring in support of it with Kongos and Sir Sly, with three Colorado dates lined up in the first week of March.

You can check out the entire interview and purchase tickets for one of Colony House’s upcoming shows below!

Interview by Shannon Shumaker

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to check you out yet, can you tell us a little bit about Colony House?

We are a band of brothers, two by blood one by heart. We are from Franklin/Nashville, TN and we love rock and roll music. Our first album, When I Was Younger was released last July and we have been on the road ever since living the dream and hoping to play our songs for as many folks as possible.

What was the music scene like growing up in Tennessee? Do you feel that it shaped the musicians that you are today?

Growing up in Nashville and with a singing/songwriting father, music has always been around. And yes, we feel very shaped by our surroundings. I think the biggest thing coming from Nashville is learning the importance of a song. Beneath the swirling guitars, loud drums, and shiny production is simply a melody and a story being told. I think growing up in Nashville has helped us make sure we are telling a good story first.

Now that When I Was Younger has been out for a few months, how do you feel the reception of the album has been?

We feel super energized by the feedback. Releasing our first album was just an exciting time for us and it seems like it has been received with open arms by a lot of folks. Going around to all of these cities and hearing people sing our songs back to us has been very surreal and humbling.

Are there any specific songs on the album that you’ve really been enjoying playing live?

“Waiting For My Time To Come” and “2:20” are my favorites. Each for different reasons.

“Waiting For My Time To Come” feels like a party we get to have with the audience and “2:20” feels like a wrestling match we get to have with them.

Were there any goals that you really wanted to be able to accomplish with When I Was Younger?

I think our main goal was to finally introduce ourselves as Colony House. We try to keep in mind that our songs are meant to be a conversation. We want the listener to be able to respond to the music. Just like in a face to face conversation the more you get to know each other the more at ease you are with each other. This record was our attempt to allow folks the opportunity to get to know us.

You guys just made your national television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers – what was that experience like? Was it a little surreal?

Yes indeed, Very surreal. It felt like playing in a championship game or something. All this build up for a few moments of something you do every single day, however; the circumstances make it feel like it’s the first time you have ever played your song. It was an incredible experience. One for the books!

How has the tour with Kongos and Sir Sly been? What has been the coolest thing to happen out on the road so far?

It has been incredible! Some of the nicest people ever are on this tour. It feels like a bunch of buddies that get to hang out every single day. I am not sure about the coolest thing that has happened… We have had some amazing shows that have blown our minds.

Purchase tickets for Colony House’s upcoming tour dates HERE

What are you most excited about for the upcoming dates of the tour?

For there not to be any more snow!

What would you like new listeners to be able to take away from your shows on this tour? 

A cd or a Vinyl album is a good start. Besides that, we want them to feel like they made some new friends.

What is the rest of 2015 looking like for Colony House? Do you guys have any big plans in the works?

Yes indeed, obviously finishing out this tour with Kongo’s and Sir Sly then straight from there we head to SXSW (it will be our first time) and then me and my wife are having a baby, wooohooo! Then we head out on another tour with NeedtoBreathe. It is going to be an incredible year.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I think that’s about it… Thank you for asking the questions! Be well.


Upcoming Tour Dates
Mar 04 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep with Kongos
Mar 05 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall with Kongos
Mar 06 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall with Kongos
Mar 07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot with Kongos
Mar 09 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues with Kongos
Mar 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore with Kongos
Mar 12 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium with Kongos
Mar 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern with Kongos

May 15-17  Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival

June 18-21  Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival