The Colossal Head’s newest single, “Caterpillar,” will crawl into your head where you’ll be unable to resist head-banging to the song’s killer shreds and drum attacks. You’d never be able to guess this band is only a trio - even without a fourth member this band doesn’t lack a single ounce of energy.
Tony Italiano, Danny Lester, Kyle Carroll have been jamming since their days as younglings in New Orleans but have joined forces to create a band together. Tony provides the lead vocals while handling the guitar, Danny is the one on bass, and Kyle does the drumming and together all three collaborate on music that can be described as ““Desert/Punk/Grunge.” “The 3 of us grew up in different musical backgrounds and like many different types of music. But, when we all come together those different influences mesh into a pure, original sound that isn’t like anything being done anywhere,” says Lester, the man on the bass.
“We all want to become full-time musicians leaving behind our crappy jobs but the truth of it is that it takes time for a good change to be understood and supported,” Lester says. So far the band has been getting support from companies like Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) and New Amsterdam Vodka and have had radio play in the UK and Australia, it only goes up from here, there are hopes for festival play in a year or two and a european tour in 3-4 years.
After a terrible experience with a horrible booking manager, the band went independent and taking care of every aspect themselves. “Every show on that tour was a bust and we always came out in the negative; so much so that we spent all of our own money on gas getting to the next location. Broke and starving, we decided we were going to cancel the last leg of our dates, and shortly thereafter fired the booking agent.” The band took about a year to recover from the poorly-managed tour but have turned around now with Lester handling the booking and managing duties. “All it takes is a lot of hard work if you want to achieve anything,” Lester says,” and our journey thus far proves that if you want something done right do it yourself.”
You can catch their show when they come to Austin either on May 15th and the Gypsy Lounge or June 4th at Sweetwater. Start summer off right and go out and jam with The Colossal Heads and forget about your troubles and work schedules for a while. “I like to think for that hour and a half performance that these people forget whatever troubles or difficulties are taking place in their lives and our music unlocks a brighter piece within them,” Lester says,”The most important thing about music is that it can bring light into the darkness.”