Review by Bobby Green
It seems like forever that I’ve been waiting for The Columbia Mills album to arrive, with every single I get a little more excited with their sound and with “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” I can smell how good this album is going to be. I’ve already got it in my top 5 albums for this year and I’ve not even heard it yet. But with The Perfect Day EP & Battles you had the sense something special was happening with these lads from Bray. Then they deliver “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” and you just know this album is going to be a belter.
As the single started I was reminded of Joy Division and the way they used atmospheric soundscapes with strong pronounced vocals to create a mood of serious intent, but as the single progressed you fall head first into their trademark multi layered diotic bestowment Columbia Mills are becoming known for. “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” is a glorious track and a perfect launching pad for the bands forthcoming debut album, A Safe Distance To Watch, which is scheduled for release in October.
Columbia Mills are on the festival circuit over the summer, and you can see them at Indiependence in Mitchelstown on Sunday August 6th, Groove Festival in Bray on Saturday August 19th, and Electric Picnic in Stradbally on the first weekend in September.