Collegians are a four-piece, alternative electro-rock band based in Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2014, they have been busy recording their debut album and have already forged a distinctive sound; they combine the dark synth textures of Depeche Mode with the harder hitting rock aspects of bands like Muse and Linkin Park as well as the anthemic elements of Imagine Dragons. They have already made a considerable impact with their first two singles Vaccine and Black Mass, which featured highly in several charts and was received to considerable acclaim from the critics.
I gave a glowing review to Collegians second single, Black Mass, released in late 2017. This song, Killer, is slightly heavier and harder hitting, while retaining their keen pop sensibility for creating hooks that are, well, killer. Starting with a moody synth melody, singer Glenn Patrick lays down a captivating vocal performance about a femme fatale. Combined with a raw, gritty electronic backing and a pulsating beat, it results in what is now their signature sound.
There’s a subtle reference to the Queen classic Killer Queen in the opening verse, another band who fused rock with other genres in inventive ways. As expected from this band, it builds to an epic chorus that is instantly distinctive and anthemic: “We’re praying for you, we’re praying for you…”. After the second chorus, it enters a breakdown section that forms the lyrical crux of the song (“There comes a day where something’s gotta break…“) and culminates in a magnificent lead vocal crescendo, before blasting through the chorus one last time.
Overall, this is yet another single of the highest quality from a band who are fusing rock and electronica in a way that results in a cutting edge form of modern pop, that will appeal to both the rock and pop crowds. Collegians songs are designed to sound huge and be sung along to by huge numbers. With three fantastic singles now under their belt, the world is theirs for the taking.