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OriginChapel Hill, North Carolina
GenresModern rock
Years active1997–2001, 2013 (reunion)
Associated actsMike Garrigan, mg4, Dillon Fence, Queen Sarah Saturday, Athenaeum,

Collapsis is a band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The band's name can be traced back to a Dillon Fence song of the same name. Collapsis can loosely be categorized as late-90s post-grunge, with melodic vocals and lyrical themes of broken relationships, cautious yearning, and loneliness. They had more of a country influence than many bands in that genre; the instrumentals sounded more like a hybrid of country and pop music than 90s modern rock, although their music was accessible to fans of any of those genres.


In 1996, singer/songwriter Mike Garrigan recorded and released his second full-length album, The Lessons of Autumn. The album departed from its predecessor, Building A Hole, by incorporating instrumentation beyond acoustic guitar, including a full-band sound on several of its songs. The album increased Garrigan's popularity in the Chapel Hill and Triangle-area music scene and gained the attention of industry A&R reps. Garrigan soon began working with former Dillon Fence drummer Scott Carle, planting the seeds for what would later become Collapsis.

In 1999, Collapsis released an EP, The Chartreuse EP, and gained a significant following in North Carolina and elsewhere in the southeastern United States. The band then signed to Cherry Records (a subsidiary of Universal Records). Collapsis' lone major-label offering, Dirty Wake, was released February 15, 2000. The lead single, "Automatic", received nationwide airplay in the U.S. and peaked on the Billboard Modern Rock charts at #28 in 2000.

Collapsis also wrote the title song to the movie Clay Pigeons, titled "Clay Pigeons: The Ballad of Lester Long." The song was a light and humorous paean to going on a murder spree.

Their song "Wonderland" was featured on Beer Bad, an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in a scene where characters Willow and Parker were chatting.

In 2001, Mike Garrigan became a member of the band Athenaeum and, after disbanding, later went on to form the group mg4.


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