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Album Review

Following their indie EP Chartreuse, Collapsis' full-length major-label debut Dirty Wake is a fairly typical-sounding, well-constructed post-grunge record. The band's arrangements utilize both gentle acoustic guitar picking and lightly funked-up, electric power chords, making for a nice blend of rock aggression and introspective reflection.

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Excellent Band - Also try the band "Athenaeum"

But Collapsis - vocalist/guitarist Mike Garrigan, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Pickett, bassist/vocalist Chris Holloway and drummer Scott Carle - are much more than an alternative clone. On this disc, they do the one thing that is rarely heard on any debut effort - namely, they create their own unique, successful sound that locks you in from start to finish. In short, this is one helluva album. The key to Dirty Wake's success lies in two areas. First, the vocal harmonies used by the band. Were it just Garrigan providing the vocals, the sound would be okay, if not a little thin. Instead, the multi-part harmonies used on songs like "Believe In You" and "Tell Me Everything" raise these songs to levels you would not have expected. It might seem like such a small thing to get worked up over, but small things often make big differences in albums, something Collapsis wisely realized. Second, the songwriting is impeccable. Simply put, there is not one bad track on this disc. Granted, it takes a minute or so to really get into the album's opening song "Automatic," but once the auto-pilot is engaged, it's as if Collapsis can do no wrong. Tracks like "Radio Friendly Girlfriend," "I.O.L.," "October" and "Superhero" do more than suggest that we're going to be hearing a lot more from these young men; it all but guarantees it. What's best about Collapsis and their sound is that they show their influences carefully without trying to clone the corresponding sounds. So while I can hear the influence of Live on this band, by no means are they a half-hearted photocopy. Instead, they take the lessons they learned, build upon them and craft their own flavor and groove around them. What you end up with is original, and it works. It's not often that a first effort impresses me enough to call a disc remarkable. With Dirty Wake, Collapsis has done just that - and this is a disc that should not be missed. Review by: Christopher Thelen Originally published: April 3, 2000

Great Album

Collapsis hit a home run with this album! From start to finish every cut is fantastic, which makes it hard to believe that they only had one song ever make the top 40. Automatic, which was their only top 40 on their only major label release, is a great song being very upbeat. I hope that one day Collapsis will come back and release another album but until then I will continue to listen to "Dirty Wake." I highly recommend this album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chapel Hill-based band Collapsis, which mixed country sounds with bar-band rock, was formed from the ashes of several other southern bands, namely Queen Sarah Saturday, who in their demise donated the talents of Collapsis' guitarist/vocalist Ryan Pickett and bassist/vocalist Chris Holloway. Local legends Dillon Fence also collapsed, leaving drummer Scott Carle free to join the band. Around the same time, guitarist/vocalist Mike Garrigan followed the advice of one of his law school professors and...
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