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Be Colony

Steve Penhollow

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 10, 2016

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None of the five members of the Be Colony is older than 24, and yet they are all talented and creatively confident beyond their years. For confirmation of this assertion, stream the album “Mystic Morning” at the band’s website. 

“Mystic Morning” features six assertive forays into acid-washed soul and dreamy jangle pop, among other mesmerizing stylistic conglomerations. 

The Be Colony are adept at whipping up savory, multifaceted sonic stews. There isn’t a weak cut on the album. Each track grabs the listener and does so in a unique way. 

Lead vocalist and guitarist Atticus Sorrell said the band’s musical influences are wide and deep.

“We all come from different places,” he said. “We all really like psychedelic music. We all really like 60s rock and 70s rock, the harder stuff. Me and (drummer Bray Coughlin) in particular like funk and soul music and the Stax stuff and the more acid jazz stuff and the electric Miles Davis stuff.”

The band calls what it does “psychedelic groove music,” Sorrell said. 

“Because we like to play rock music and we also like to play kind of groovier stuff too,” he said. “We want to meet in the middle. We don’t want it to get too funky, and we don’t want to be head-banging all the time.”

The Be Colony are ever evolving, Sorrell said.

“We are always trying to listen to new music,” he said. “We’re always trying to branch out and expand our influences.”

Sorrell and Coughlin came to the band from Soft N’ Heavy. The band also features Wes Johnson on bass and brothers Jacob and Zac Terhune on guitars and vocals.

Johnson said the band’s name was inspired by the 2009 album, Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, a collaboration between the British bands Broadcast and The Focus Group. 

“Broadcast and The Focus Group have a special place in the hearts of most of the members of the band,” he said. “We all find the name relatable in many ways. We are advocates of living in the now, being here in this present moment. The ‘colony’ aspect of the name is also something we clung to right away, as we’ve had help from offstage members since the beginning, and that’s something we’ve really seen grow the longer we’ve been together.”

The highlight of the band’s existence thus far, Johnson said, was performing at the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival in September. 

“It was great to be a part of something so awesome for the Fort Wayne music scene, especially in its first year,” he said. “There was a really cool vibe in the air at the fest, and our set in particular went really well. A lot of our friends came out to support us, and our light team, Newman’s Psychedelic Liquid Light Show, put on their best light show yet.” 

Sorrell and Jacob Terhune are on the verge of graduating from the University of St. Francis with degrees in music technology (Sorrell’s focus is on music business and Terhune’s is on engineering and production). 

The band’s members intend thereafter to spend a lot more time on the band. 

Sorrell is in favor of gradually expanding the Be Colony’s geographical reach while Terhune just wants to get out of Fort Wayne as soon as possible.

Sorrell is an advocate of “testing the waters.” 

“You go out west and the price of everything triples,” he said. “We don’t want to go out there and try it and just suddenly be totally broke.”

In this age of streaming music, the band defines success in modest terms. 

“I don’t even care if we make lots of money,” Terhune said. “I just want people to listen.” 

“I don’t ever see myself becoming some rich, famous rock star,” Sorrell said. “But paying the bills, or at least paying part of the bills, would be just great.” 

“I guess that’s success right there,” Terhune said. “Not having to work a day job.”

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