Bluphoria has today released their new single titled ‘Columbia’. Rough from the start, in a good way, we get a song that creeps up on you and then pounces. Profusely. Meant for the stage by artists meant for the music, ‘Columbia’ harkens back to the age where the audience was drenched in sweat and the feelings were genuine.
What I get away from that first listen is a dark adrenaline rush and sense of musical self. Think vintage live Rolling Stones or The Whiskey on a Thursday. Wild and in your face, you can’t deny that the power and the spirit is coming back to rock.
Now based in Nashville, Bluphoria formed in 2019 after Reign moved to Eugene to study film at the University of Oregon. During his sophomore year, Reign met Dakota Landrum (20-year-old rhythm guitarist and background vocalist), another University of Oregon student, “the only other black guy in the area,” at a party they were both attending. Rex Wolf (22-year-old bassist and background vocalist), a music major at the University of Oregon, and Reign met shortly after through Instagram and the band released their debut EP Alone in June 2020, and double A-side Landfills & Bottlecaps (featuring the songs “Something More” and “Conscientious Debauchery”) that November.
By chance, an EDGEOUT Records intern was at one of the band’s famed house shows which ultimately led to the band signing to EDGEOUT / UME / UMG in January of 2021. It was around then that the band found themselves misaligned with their original drummer which led to Dani Janae (21-years-old) joining as the band’s new drummer and only female member.
In January 2022, the group drove across the country from Oregon to Tennessee to record their debut album (out May 5th) with GRAMMY award-winning producer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac) at East Iris Studios in Berry Hill, as well as at Needham’s personal Nashville Studio. They have subsequently signed for representation to Glastry Management, who also represent the Rolling Stones and up-and-coming English singer-songwriter Daisy Clark.
Featured image by Jena Yannone.