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These Things Happen

In the summer of 1999, an 18-year-old Rick Colado (rickoLus) took the three hundred dollars he got for graduation, borrowed his mom’s car, and drove to Athens, GA in hopes of finding Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel). Colado spent two days aimlessly walking around Athens, smoking cigarettes, taking pictures, shopping for records, going into music stores, all the while hoping he’d run into the songwriter of his favorite band. But it never happened. He returned home to Jacksonville, FL with a plan to move to Athens and be a part of its Island of Misfit Toys music scene. The plan went awry when he fell in love with a woman back home, got married, and became a father at the age of 22. 

During his teens, Colado discovered the Jacksonville Beach indie-rock scene, started playing in bands, and began recording lo-fi music in his bedroom. It was during that time he felt the calling to become a songwriter. During his twenties, Colado started seriously writing songs in a band called Julius Airwave. The band was a hometown smash and was courted by major labels (Atlantic Records, American Recordings, etc.) during the early 2000s but never got signed. Though Julius Airwave didn’t achieve the success Colado was hoping for, it did get him to Athens to record in 2002 at Chase Park Transduction, where he met acclaimed musician and producer David Barbe. That recording was ultimately shelved and the band broke up in 2007. 

But when one door closes, another opens. Once Julius Airwave broke up, Colado began focusing entirely on his solo career. He donned the name rickoLus and started recording albums on his own in a shed in his backyard. He got picked up by Fake Four Records in 2010 and released his debut album Youngster, which garnered some underground success and sent him out on his first proper tour. Colado released three more home-produced records and toured all over the US and Europe. Eventually, he felt the pull back to the place he first set out to reach: Athens, GA. He serendipitously rekindled his relationship with David Barbe, and they started collaborating on new music. In 2021, Colado began making his sixth solo record, These Things Happen, with Barbe once again at the helm producing, engineering, and overseeing the project. Barbe put together a band of Athens’ finest (including Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez of Drive-By Truckers and Ben Hackett from New Madrid) to back Colado in the studio, and they got to work. The ten-song album jumps through time like a Vonnegut novel tying together two decades of Colado’s life, in which he’s discovered there is no rhyme or reason to how life unfolds—it just does. Two years later, the album is coming out in March 2024 on Colado’s own Vitamin Circus Records. 

That same naive teenager on a fool’s errand to find his hero evolved into a man on a twenty-year detour to make music on his own terms.

These things happen.

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