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the collingwood / Press

“The Big Takeover (New York) Review by Mark Suppanz -- Formed in 1999, this stylish quartet's members hail from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and their third album follows up 2005's oddly titled "Sylvester to the Bzz Myapp Accompaniment". Led by multi-talented singer/guitarist Christopher Malinowski (who is also a filmmaker, writer, and photographer), their slinky, spectral, and stagy post-rock contains bits of goth, darkwave, dance-rock, and '70's soul. Malinowski's theatrical falsetto-tinged croon often recalls David Bowie, while his and James Pennington's textured, effects-laden guitar passages bear a slight resemblance to The Chameleons (Indeed, the band opened for Mark Burgess last August at Philadelphia's M Room.) With five songs clocking in at 40 minutes, each composition--from the dramatic and mysterious "F**k Yeah, Hollywood! (Buongiorno, Denise Richards)" to the jazzy, horn-filled closer "Birthday Cut"--takes its own sweet time to penetrate your subconscious.”

“Keeping together a genre-defying, heady progressively soulful rock band with long meandering songs is never easy. And since its beginnings in 1999, the Pennsylvania-based rock band The Collingwood has had five incarnations with a lineup that forced the band to continually reinvent itself as members dropped off after personality clashes, marriages, addictions, and death. Yet, somehow, frontman Chris Malinowski (guitar, vocals), who also has his feet firmly planted in filmmaking and 35 mm photography, has never given up. This time around, with Bill Ackerman (bass), James Pennington (guitar), and James Boruch (drums), Malinowski believes he might have the lineup right. Ackerman, a friend from film school, relocated closer to help shape the sound. Pennington met Malinowski at Accent Music where he manages the music store. And Boruch was added after a chance meeting on Craig’s List. All of them have deep roots in music... SEE MORE of this article at liquidhip.com. ”

“With an average of 8 minutes per song, The Collingwood’s the pitter-patter of little everything has only 5 songs but each one feels like an epic tale. In a world where even five minutes is considered a long song, and more often songs are closer to three, Christopher Malinowski takes a big risk in putting these sprawling musical journeys out there. Each song shows that Malinowski is also a filmmaker, carefully crafted and paced, with builds and climaxes and lulls, playing out like they are plots unfolding a story through three acts. There really isn’t anything like this on the market that I’ve heard. It’s almost like you are getting the spirited, fleshed out live versions of songs that most bands, in favor of more radio friendly lengths, save for the stage. ”