At the end of 2011, Colin Bickley moved to Ellicott City, a town just west of Baltimore.  Less than a week later, a massive flash flood put his home and music studio five feet underwater.  From that tragedy, he turned to form Colamiles.  After many years of playing in bands in Los Angeles, Colamiles was the arena for Colin to express a more unified, personal, and intimate voice.  On the first album, "Airplane Songs," Colin played all the instruments and wrote and produced all the songs (except for "Rain Soaked Sunset" - which was co-written with Texas-based musician Gary Boren - and “Two More Sunsets” – which uses lyrics from poet Cystreet).


A song from the album received accolades as “Best of 2012” on the radio show Out On A Limb (KCSN 88.5 FM, by DJ Julie Slater - also the afternoon drive host at 100.3 The Sound, KSWD/LA).


“Airplane Songs” delves into the flooded space between dream and awake – that spot where you’re just as lucid of subconscious archetypes as you are of the tray-table in front of you.  Certain songs are made for certain places.  And these were built for that twilight when you’re nice and hypnotized, anticipating new places, seat reclined, soul blazed open, surrendered faith-first in a metal machine howling 30,000 feet above earth – groundless.


Growing up in LA, Colin started as a competitive classical pianist.  After graduating with a double degree in existential philosophy and eastern mysticism, he formed the avant-garde juke band Big Thaw.  From pubs to art galleries to the legendary show at the Menil Collection modern art museum in Houston (with special guest Will Sexton), one concept was constant: witnessing the creative act is always more compelling than watching an artist play the past.


Big Thaw eventually culminated into The Colin Bickley Band: an improvisation-based group that played regularly in LA, oftentimes with the Nicole Berger modern dance troupe.


Album artwork by Craig Drenning.

“Drowning Machine” video directed by Bryan Drenning.