East coast trio Columbus are closing out the year in a big way, having recently released their latest single, ‘Can’t Hide From What Hurts’.

Earlier this decade, the Aussie music scene was introduced to the powerful tunes of Columbus, a trio that deliver music as loud as it is powerful.

Having released their debut album, Spring Forever, back in 2016, they followed it up with the huge A Hot Take On Heartbreak early last year. Receiving widespread acclaim at just about every turn, it feels as if there’s no getting away from the mesmerising power of Columbus.

Now, as we look towards the end of the year and the start of a new decade, Columbus have shared their latest single, the massive ‘Can’t Hide From What Hurts’.

Featuring a sound that captures the band at their best, the trio are gearing up to take their new track on the road, with appearances alongside Slowly Slowly and Young Lions on the cards, and an appearance at the 2020 UNIFY Gathering.

To celebrate the new song and upcoming shows, we had a chat with the band in an effort to get to know them just a little bit better, and see what’s going on behind the scenes.

Check out ‘Can’t Hide from What Hurts’ by Columbus:

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How did your artist name come about?

Alex has a list of band names on his phone and were just sitting around, eating chips, and picked Columbus. We thought we could just change it later and we never got around to it so here we are!

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How would you describe your music to your grandma?

“Grandma, I’m sorry.”

Tell us about a few of your tracks; their titles and what they’re about?

‘Can’t Hide From What Hurts’:

I wrote ‘Can’t Hide From What Hurts’ about my own experience trying to mask discomfort and pain. It’s a song about hope, personal growth and learning that while being hurt by others is
inevitable, trying to numb yourself or hide only makes it worse

‘Cut It Out’:

‘Cut It Out’ is a dark rock song I wrote about my partner’s endometriosis and physical pain in general. Because endo is a growth on the outside of the uterus, the song started from an inside joke of her saying she wanted to ‘cut it out.’ The song grew into a commentary on struggle and on being helpless to other people’s pain.

‘Difficult Conversations’:

Difficult Conversations’ was a song I wrote with our producer Joel Quartermain. Starting off with just a chorus idea, it grew into a ballad about breaking up and the hard things you have to say to people you used to love.

What do you love about your hometown?

I (Dan) love my beautiful friends and the coffee I get to drink everyday!

Check out ‘Cut It Out’:

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Career highlight so far?

A couple of highlights have been playing Soundwave & UNIFY festivals, touring the UK for the first time and getting played on national icon Home & Away! Whenever someone tells us that our music has helped them through a tough time, that stands out to all of us.

Fave non-music hobby?

This question has quickly made us realise that we don’t do much outside of music and that is probably unhealthy? Huge spiritual awakening day for us, we’re all gonna take up skateboarding. Lauren also loves Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

What’s on your dream rider?

Mock chicken and a bathtub of Jameson Whiskey.

Dream music collaboration?

Rivers Cuomo, Chris Conley, and Carly Rae Jepsen (all at once).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Brushing my teeth on my yacht.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

‘Over My Head (Cable Car)’ – The Fray (Alex)
‘4ever ‘- The Veronicas (Dan)
‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ – Shania Twain (Lauren)

Check out ‘Difficult Conversations’:

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Columbus Tour Dates 2019

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
(with Slowly Slowly)
Wyndham Youth Resource Centre, Melbourne, VIC (AA)

Friday, December 6th, 2019
(with Young Lions)
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
(with Young Lions)
Rocket Bar & Rooftop, Adelaide, SA

Friday, December 13th, 2019
(with Young Lions)
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, December 14th, 2019
(with Young Lions)
SlyFox, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, January 11th, 2020
UNIFY Gathering
Tarwin Meadows, VIC

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