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Hilken Mancini & Chris Colbourn [bio]

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The rock 'n' roll network in Boston, Massachusetts circa the early nineties was something of a mushroom village. Guitar/vocalist Hilken Mancini was then a member of Fuzzy (Seed/Tag/Atlantic) and Chris Colbourn was the bassist/vocalist for Buffalo Tom (Beggars Banquet); both helped buoy Boston onto the indie rock map. As in most small cities, likeminded artists tended to end up in the same handful of bars, artist lofts and studios scattered throughout town. Along with their friends in bands like the Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., The Dambuilders and Belly, Chris and Hilken often played shows together, rehearsed along side each other, and recorded at the same studios.

Over the years both musicians kept Boston their home base as they enjoyed critical acclaim and national success through their respective bands. They had become good friends. The decision to collaborate was a natural one, and the two began working together. Years older and seasoned by rock 'n' roll and life, both wrote songs from a darker place than they had in their past.

Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn is a beautiful record whose time has come. The songs on their debut reflect the grace and maturity that comes with life's experience. And, as thrilling as it was to lead the alternative college-radio rock pack back in the day, Hilken and Chris bet a dollar to the donut that, upon hearing these songs, you'll agree that Adult Contemporary music never sounded so good. Then again, you may just want to call it Pop.


Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn (2005 Kimchee Records)

Super Heroes of Rock Team Up #3 7-inch (2001 Vital Cog)



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