Alternative rock band Bluphoria recently released “Columbia,” the fourth single off their upcoming debut album, out May 5. Formed in 2019, Bluphoria’s main influences are blues and psychedelic rock. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, the Nashville-based band began playing together during their sophomore year at the University of Oregon.
In the words of lead singer Reign LaFreniere, Bluphoria’s main goal is to prove that rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. “I wrote these songs as a black man making rock ‘n’ roll in America. Rock ‘n’ roll started as a black art pioneered by black men and women. I’m taking my people’s music back. We’re reframing it together in our way. The rhythm is the focal point. The blues is in there. Rock ‘n’ roll is definitely not dying,” says LaFreniere.
Overall, “Columbia” is a very energetic track that will make listeners feel the music in their souls. It’s evident that Reign was born to be a performer, and just by listening to the track, you can paint a clear picture in your mind of the musician giving his all in the song.
Of course, great lyrics need great music. The production in “Columbia” is top-tier, and it really reflects how talented Bluphoria is. LaFreniere on lead guitar, Dakota Landrum on rhythm guitar, Rex Wolf on bass, and Dani Janae on drums give the audience the experience of a lifetime. Definitely, the song sounds straight out of a ’70s rock ‘n’ roll hit list.
Bluphoria’s debut album was produced by Mark Needham, who’s known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, and Pink. The record has a wide variety of songs that puts the band’s abilities on display, and it never feels monotonous. Undoubtedly, the band brings the house down on this album, and listeners won’t get enough of Bluphoria.
The band’s debut album, Bluphoria, is set to release on May 5 via EDGEOUT Records. In the meantime, you can listen to and watch the visualizer for “Columbia” below, and don’t forget to also stream the previously released singles “Ain’t Got Me,” “Walk Through the Fire,” and “Set Me up.”