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COLT 45 is a three piece melodic punk/alt rock band from Cumbria with big hooks and big riffs.

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COLT 45 is a three piece melodic punk/alt rock band from Cumbria with big hooks and big riffs.


Serving their apprenticeship the old fashioned way – firstly generating a passionate and die-hard local following, then extensively touring the UK gig & festival circuits, Cumbria-based COLT 45 are preparing to climb the next rung of the contemporary rock ladder, following the completion of their new EP, Inside The Triangle, produced with legendary rock producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout, Twin Atlantic, Motorhead, Glassjaw, Manics…) at Longwave Studios in Cardiff. This second EP builds further on the melodic punk sound of their debut, 2011’s Chasing Yesterday, which also saw Romesh behind the dials. A 4* Punktastic review and favourable comparisons to the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, early Manics, The Menzingers and Hundred Reasons was a good start for hitting the road pretty much constantly since then, with 200+ shows in the bag all over the UK in the last 12 months, and no sign of any letting up in the schedule any time soon. Inside The Triangle drops October 29th. COLT 45 live presents a different prospect altogether, showcasing their dynamic and energetic set with as much heart and passion as possible, all the time, every time; the three-pronged aural attack is as brutally rocking as it is melodic and catchy. Influenced in equal parts by small-town frustration and a shared love of alternative rock music (think Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, Gang Of Four, Manic Street Preachers, Million Dead, Broadway Calls, Brand New, Fugazi, At The Drive-In, Menzingers, Murder By Death, Hot Water Music, Biffy Clyro…), the three Cumbrians are on a mission to make it to the same stages as their elders. Sharing bills throughout the last 12 months with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, The Computers, Lower Than Atlantis, UK SUBS, The Subways, The Damned, Young Guns, Francesqa, Buzzcocks, Twisted Wheel, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Crave & The Futureheads, COLT 45 have the sound, performance and personality to win over all fans of guitar-based pop & rock, and remain true purveyors of substance over style whilst doing so. Press Agent: Sarah Maynard for Division PR. / 0208 962 8282 Booking Agent: Stephen Taylor for Roxette Booking. / 07902 454382


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Q. How did you first get into playing music?

better than school/football. we're from Cumbria, and none of us are keen hikers or rock climbers. so punk rock it was...

Q. How long have you been performing?

this line up 2 years.

Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

melodic punk meets fists in the air anthemic alt rock.

Q. What makes your music unique?

American influences with a distinctive British stamp on everything. "Tighter than Tommy Lee's cockring' accotrding to Classic Rock.

Q. What inspires you to write songs?

people and places, our travels on the road, the miserable Cumbrian weather.

Q. What have been your best and worst gig experiences?

best - R1's Big Weekend 2011 and our Inside The Triangle EP launch in October 2012. worst - every show is important but we've played to nobody many times in places like nuneaton, macclesfield etc when on tour. but you've got to go and do the dead ones to make the good ones feel even better.

Q. If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

very difficult, probably changes every day. I'll say 'The 59 Sound' by Gaslight Anthem or 'On The Impossible Past' by the Menzigers as they both feature heavily in the van.

Q. What do you get up to when you’re not making music?

listen to music, go to work, play football, attempt relationships, smoke, write, read, eat.

Q. What are your goals at the moment?

climbing the next rung of the ladder and securing some representation.

Q. What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or gigs lined up?

always productive and writing new material at the moment for 2013, when we hope to record outr debut LP. always on tour so gigs happening all the time - check our social networks and website for latest tour dates.

Q. What do you think of Unsigned Band Review?

it's a useful tool but can be hard to use - i.e. can't edit a gig once it's been created, can't upload more than one photo/video at a time. on the whole though it's excellent.

Q. What is the name of the last track that you wrote and what is it about?

last finished one is called Brick Wall and it's abiout wehat most of our songs are about - small town frustration, difficult relations with family and friends, escapism. it's all really positive stuff. musically it's very punk rock a la Manics, Rise Against, Hot Water Music.

Q. What was the music scene like where you grew up?

no comment.


Act name: COLT 45

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  • R O C K !! Testosterone filled 3 piece. High on energy and technique. They sound a bit like Blink182. No surprises but done with a lot of skill. Worth a watch live, if this is your favoured genre, I'll wager.

  • Proud to play this on my radio show - Young Guns meets The Lawrence Arms meets Thursday. Adore this!


  • Big tunes, big energy and a big quiff. Colt 45, what more could you want?!

  • equally fit sounds as looks

  • read their Kerrang review today, very positive, for a very promising band

  • I was wondering, Seminal as in semen-al... or Seminal as in influential and of potential? Either way, good job guys ;)

  • Colt 45 you are Seminal ;-)