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Colossus

by Walt Mink

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Armed with a motto of "steady as she goes," a truckload of artistic integrity and an appetite for adventure, Walt Mink marched forward in their tireless effort to make music that's exciting to play. Named after a college psychology professor, the New York-by-Minnesota trio created its exotically uncategorizable sound for nearly a decade. The critical press agrees, "the '90s have not seen another band with the sheer instinctive musical savvy of Walt Mink." Displaying all the best features of 70's stadium rock from wailing guitar-hero riffs to inspiring harmonies, Colossus spins relatable stories with skilled musicianship and without the usual dimestore angst. Their music packs an understated crunch most bands cannot dream of touching. Any comparison to punk, pop, rock, psychedelia, folk or metal cannot do justice. They're a mixture of electric and acoustic...a virtual study in the extremes of rock and roll in which John Kimbrough's delicate vocal lines allow you to share what he's feeling. Without gimmicks, Walt Mink achieved what so few of their peers have - a rock classification of their own...they sound like Walt Mink. Colossus is most passionate and ambitious of the band's four full-length records. (DER-361)

"A power-rock trio that stakes out brave new musical worlds..." - Rolling Stone

Walt Mink is easily one of the most impressive rock bands of the late 20th century and are so amazing that if anyone had ever heard of them, they'd have the credibility of the Rolling Stones and the integrity of the Beatles. Colossus tops about 95% of the releases this year so far. John Kimbrough picks at the guitar strings with such accuracy and precision, you'd think he was Steve Vai minus the egocentric solos. And songs like 'Goodnite' and 'Boots' are downright amazing rock songs that are outstanding in both lyricism ('I'm down / But what's done is done / This is true to the picture / I'm ashamed / Aren't you?') and melodicism. The album's high point comes with 'Brave Beyond the Call,' a standard slab of Kimbrough genius whose chorus reflects upon a worrisome mother ('Mama's secrets never leaked / And she was Brave Beyond the Call / Placed the welfare of her family's illusion over all... She'll prevent you from it all.') Colossus follows the Walt Mink tradition of transcending all other current releases and is truly one of the band's finest records yet." - Pitchfork

"Walt Mink is back with a collection of completely mind altering, mood enhancing, space-age arena-rock cum power pop confections to make your head swim and your jaw go slack. After all the band has been through - two albums on Caroline and one on Atlantic before jumping to the stridently independent Deep Elm - just regrouping to put out Colossus is a triumph of the spirit. One listen, though, and you understand why they did it. These are great songs expertly played. With a sound so diverse, it's hard to put this newest offering in a category except to say that it's mostly like the previous three Walt Mink albums. Lyrics aside, where the wow-factor of Colossus shifts into hyperdrive is with Kimbrough's guitar playing. Equally capable of acoustic beauty and metal crunch, Kimbrough's ax is the reason reviews of past Mink albums have appeared in such highbrow publications as Guitar Player and Stereo Review. It's this technical skill that allows Walt Mink to successfully straddle the huge chasm between art-rock '70s and pop-rock '90s. What would be an Evel Knievel Snake River jump for most bands is like popping a wheelie for Walt Mink. While other songwriters with diverse repertoires sometimes stamp their influences on top of everything they do (think Karl Wallinger / World Party), Kimbrough buries influences deep in his songs, mostly in the guitar lines. You only catch a glimpse of Jimi Hendrix in the chorus riff of 'She Can Smile' or a peek of George Harrison's sitar phase on 'Lovely Arrhythmia' or a slice of David Gilmore (Pink Floyd) in the way the closing riff trails out to its logical extreme on 'John's Dream.' Kimbrough makes a strong case for being the equal of all of them. The music, the lyrics, the staunchly independent vibe: It's heady stuff. The college psychology professor for whom the band is named should be proud. Modern rock fans ought to light a match and hold it over their head in appreciation. Walt Mink fans are probably doing spontaneous back flips over this one." - Consumable

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released June 17, 1997

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Track Name: Goodnite
giant footfall. restless motion in the hall. goodnite one all. post his likeness in the local station. and i'll deny everything and so will you. i'm down but what's done is done and this is true to the picture. i'm ashamed aren't you. grownup heartbreak. show the missus to the door. secret teacakes. served at the wake. and i'll deny everything and so will you. i'm down but what's done is done and this is true to the picture. i'm ashamed aren't you. i want to walk just where i please. and never feel the need to run. i want to be her son. i want to be her son. and when i close my eyes i see a world where we can be as one. i want to be her son. well she's a sun
Track Name: John's Dream
left my worries back in my room. took the red-eye to the moon. saw a man there looked just like me. bathing on the shores of tranquillity. saw a plane slide into the bay. fought the urge back to run away. saved a woman looked just like me. saved a groom and a bride to be. saved an old man saved his cane. saved a senator saved his aide. took a trip in a boat that was carved. from a woman's shoe. spent a night in a house on the banks of the sea. wonder how i can breathe in a place. where the sky ain't blue. wonder who in this world gonna recognize me. who indeed
Track Name: She Can Smile
jean's serene and pleased to be around today. but as she sits upon the stoop she wonders. why she doesn't always feel quite this way. it seems like every day she's deeper underground. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. it's a game. later on she settles into the routine. where there's a certain kind of liberation. see's an old acquaintance in a magazine. and is reminded she forgot to take a shower. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. while the sugar plum world goes round. it's a game. jean's serene and pleased to be around today. but we're tired of having to hear about it. now she's found a way to make the feeling stay. so we'd better all get used to her new powers. and when the light from the day goes down. she can smile and it makes her astounded. while the sugar plum world goes round. it's a game
Track Name: Brave Beyond The Call
i asked you for an answer. i wish that you would be. a little more dishonest babe. the truth is bad for me. when last week's generation. has grown too old to see. you'll be alone and miserable. just like you like to be. in fifty million houses. there's fifty million lies. and fifty million brains avert a hundred million eyes. you want to be my baby. you want it to be so. well here to you is my advice. if you love it let it go. what a drag. mama's secrets never leaked and she was brave beyond the call. put the welfare of her family's illusion over all. lost in outer space dementia. she'll prevent ya from it all. runs on ethyl alcohol. the man has called a meeting. on the 52nd floor. but meetings bring me down so i ain't. going to them no more. some people's never sated. there's always something more. they're giving up their bodies like. a drug addicted whore. what a drag. mama's secrets never leaked and she was brave beyond the call. put the welfare of her family's illusion over all. lost in outer space dementia. she'll prevent ya from it all. runs on ethyl alcohol. i asked you for an answer. should have known what was in store. but the answer that you gave me babe. just made me more unsure. what was i looking for
Track Name: Lost In The World
lonely and lost in the world. the spaceships are coming down. hiding, he waits for his orders. and blends with the merchants uptown. shoot straight my son. see them for what they are. and when it's done. you'll see it's best by far. my son. we'll let things grow. and soon there'll be no sign. of the presence, no. memories will fade in time. my son. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. and laugh at your tired alibis. this time. the tyrants are falling in line. when the word comes down. plan ahead don't be around. the cleansing fire. will engulf this blackened ground. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. i was coming back on the scene. wanted to get out of here. they came down in a flying machine. yeah. that's when i saw my ticket out of here. when the spaceships come down from the sky. who will stand by your side. when your factories and cities are gone. who will answer your cries. and laugh at your tired alibis. this time. the tyrants are falling in line. they will fall in line
Track Name: Lovely Arrhythmia
lovely arrhythmia sighs. and bats her eyes. tucked into her favorite booth on the lower east side. just to her left is muab. who thinks she should break up with rob. she'd like to but what would she do. if she didn't get the modeling job. hey it's a riot. hey do you buy it. now they go down to the show. cause thad forced them to go. to the pulse of the music arrhythmia's moving out slow. we're restless and mean. and we're waiting for nothing today. we're down with the scene. and we're waiting for nothing today. i check my machine. but i'm waiting for nothing today. we're young and we're clean and we're getting our way. we're getting our way. we're getting away. darby is always the clue. that nothing's wrong with you. take one look and you'll find. all your hopes have come true
Track Name: Boots
looking at the ground below. i see it all and realize. there's nothing there to overthrow. there's nothing there to dignify. i do what i've done before. i walk where i've been so i know the way. and now i can't walk no more. i think that i'll slide into space. so where'd we go wrong with the gift. that was given. i wish to stop living and a wish can come true. for all of the hours that we've taken for granted. i'd kill for a mile in another man's shoes. fly on. dream on. breathe on. fly away. open up your eyes today. learn all the things that you want to know. take it all in stride today. and fight when it's your turn to go. i've passed over water and looked to the sky. while no one was watching i said good-bye. adrift on a void i'm negated in darkness and. i'd kill for a mile in another man's. lama
Track Name: Lama
tripping down assaulted streets. and keeping her nose in the air. with her go-go boots and a dime store wig. she's a creeper but seems not to care. and although it's all so sordid we can see. a little girl. peeking from the bushes back at home. in a car on a darkened street. he bends and he fixes his head. points his eyes at the road ahead and drives home. happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell. happiness is certainly an old shill. living on a corner like a vagrant in disguise. passerby fells sorry but refuse to catch his eye. and he wishes he were younger then he'd make. them all regret it. it could get him down but he won't let it. happiness in people who are bound to die. happiness in politicians while they lie. happiness in working people everywhere. happiness in children's vacant stares
Track Name: Act Of Quiet Desperation
it's sunday morning. she gazes at his head. and wishes he were dead. well get up, open your eyes. the bed is sinking. she notices too late. admist their sorry state. the lonesome fate. birds fly bye. kids outside. i promise we're fine. love will tow the line. i'll take it over. the ships are leaving port. and i'm waving from the shore. till i can't wave no more. someone is speaking. their voice is clear as day. but i don't know what they're saying. who cares anyway. birds fly bye. kids outside. i promise we're fine. love will tow the line. please don't cry. i've saved what's mine. we're tired of trying. when i can't tow the line
Track Name: Freetime
the sun's gone today. dear gone gone today. come dead come today. you're down gone away. the sun's gone today