November 20, 2019

Well, this lot have had a busy year! British four-piece rock band Collateral are set to release their highly anticipated eponymous debut album on February 21, 2020. The year started with the release of their debut EP  4Shots! on November 17 2018. This featured a single “Midnight Queen” which got to the top of the Australian radio charts, it was then added to the main playlist on Planet Rock and was accompanied by a video of the band playing live which was also well received by Planet Rock and premiered on their official website. In May 2019, Collateral released their next single, “Lullaby” which will also feature on this debut album.

Weeks later, they won a Camden Rocks Festival competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom on June 1, 2019, and then won a competition between 40 bands at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2019 in July. The band then drew the largest crowd for new bands when they performed. Given that established acts performing included Black Stone Cherry, Airbourne, The Darkness, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, the Temperance Movement and Inglorious, the competition was hot! And lastly, they won a competition out of 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his “Runaway to Paradise” Mediterranean Cruise departing Barcelona to Majorca in August. Elsewhere on this Velvet Thunder website, our review of their 4 October gig captures the sense of energy and excitement of them playing live – so its been a hectic summer but Collateral have revelled in their experiences!

So – the Kent-based band is comprised of Angelo Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums). And so to their first full-length album. Although the band have been quite tight-lipped about the new songs, their summertime exposure will have give people a good idea as to what to expect. Collateral have created a quality album that undoubtedly draws on a number of sources, notably American Stadium-rock influences such as Kansas and Foreigner, with vocals that often capture that smooth harmony of the Eagles – all within a set of punchy rock-led songs. Latest single “Mr Big Shot” is evidence of that

The new single, Mr Big Shot

Having said that, the band are keen not to be too tightly labelled, front man Angelo points out that the four individuals all have their own inspirations – he loves country music, as evidenced in the closing song “About This Boy” which could easily be Eagles or any number of West Coast bands. Jack the bass is heavily influenced by 80’s rock on tracks like “Mr Big Shot” and “Promiseland”. Guitarist Todd is clearly inspired by a more Southern-rock style as per Black Stone Cherry and this is reflected in songs like “Merry-Go-Round”. Ben the drummer again comes from a different angle, a heavier metal background which gives many of these songs their powerful edge. There are nine songs on this album and they all work, they give a satisfying degree of variety and although some of it sounds just a little derivative at times its still good quality very listenable rock – I bet Collateral and their fans are going to have a lot of fun over the next few years!