While The Sky Colony's business has been steadily and organically growing since it's creation in 2012, this unique contemporary folk group of young veteran players is whole-heartedly focused on what matters most: the music, and more importantly the intention behind it. Intricately and harmonically conveying lyrical subject matter including dreams, travel, and psychedelia, all members treat their collective rehearsal space as spiritual ground.
""The Sky World: The original forebears of the Iroquois were the Sky People. They dwelled in Karionake, “The Place in the Sky,” otherwise known as the Sky World. The Sky World was a physical place that floated among the stars. The Sky World was the celestial prototype of Iroquois, with the same geography. The familiar flora and fauna had their spiritual counterparts in the Sky World. There is a good reason for this: “The bedrock assumption of eastern cultures is that everything that exists, exists by halves. The cosmos is seen as naturally dividing into its two, complementary parts—Sky and Earth—which interact for harmony.” As above, so below.
There may be another principle at work in this myth as well. Consider the fact that the social order of the Sky World greatly resembled later Iroquois society. Here, one clearly sees cosmogony as sociogony—that is, the Iroquois creation cycle is not so much an account of the creation of the physical world as it is an account of the establishment of Iroquois society, of its folkways and social mores. This essential function of Iroquois myth is noted by William Nelson Fenton: “The great cosmological myth spells out the duties that each was assigned to perform for the benefit of humankind; it tells how the first human beings on earth learned to adjust to the situa- tion as they found it, and how they responded to crises later on.” Fenton’s insight here is specific to the myth itself; it is not generalized to all myth.""
Born in 2012 of two guitar players and a drummer meandering about the earth, but raised in the Pacific Northwest. After their separate adventures, they found each other based on their love for Fleet Foxes and Iron and Wine, the Allman Brothers and Neil Young. Spread down the west coast at the beginning, the first original recordings were made in 2011. Immediately the homeward journey ensued to establish something steadfast and capable of progress.
The Sky Colony's sound is a simple creation with complex layering. It is a mixture of the call of the Cascadian wilderness and an "age past", the 60's psychedelia era. Time upon time it has been deemed unique, a sound of "luminous spirituality that sets a fire in the mind".
The Pacific Northwest has indeed become the home of this band, raised by it's parents who were born here. These musicians have taken their show to the Olympic Peninsula, to the north Cascades, the plains of Idaho, the rolling lands of Montana, the high desert of Nevada, NorCal, and Oregon. They have been on stage at music congregations such as Britt Festival, Subdued Stringband Jamboree, and Summer Meltdown. They have opened up for California Honeydrops, Shook Twins, Steep Ravine, Fruition, Polecat, as well as many more regional greats.
Their first release in 2015 featured Molly Hazel on banjo, vocals, and bass. This full-length known as "In A Dream" was widely recognized, and had radio play at independent stations worldwide.
The Sky Colony continues to produce new material and perform, and look to compile a new recording project for completion in 2017.
If you are interested in catching a performance, here is how to stay up to date with their upcoming shows.