|Origin||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|Years active||1997–2001, 2013 (reunion)|
|Associated acts||Mike 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.
Collapsis released an EP called The Chartreuse EP in 1999, 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 on Feb. 15, 2000. The lead single from Dirty Wake, "Automatic", received nationwide airplay in the US 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.
- Mike Garrigan, vocals and guitar
- Scott Carle, drums (a former member of Dillon Fence)
- Ryan Pickett, guitar and vocals (a former member of Queen Sarah Saturday, another North Carolina local band)
- Chris Holloway, bass and vocals (a former member of Queen Sarah Saturday