Very excited to be performing at SXSW this year and no less the best showcase of the week at Lambert’s Austin March 13th 8pm! Some heavy rockers from the Small Stone Records camp will be tearing the roof off the place! We’ll be announcing the surrounding tour dates in the next couple weeks.
Thanks Classic Rock Magazine for the kind words, such an honor to be in the prestigious “High Hopes” section and we agree 2019 is the year rock returns! To celebrate we are going to give away two autographed copies of the magazine drawn from the names in the comment section below that share this post and tag two friends. Drawing will be Wednesday the 16th and international fans are welcome! Please check The Cold Stares out on Spotify here-
Thanks to the folks at No Depression Magazine for the great review of our new album Mountain.
“You don’t need a lot of crazy, overindulgent solos to make a good guitar record in 2018, and The Cold Stares’ Chris Tapp proves as much in the band’s new album Mountain. The record’s opening set includes the stop-start alternative rocker “The Great Unknown,” the swinging blues tune “Friend of Mine” and the organic “Under His Command,” which together set the table for what we can expect in the dozen tracks that follow by showing off the three pillars of The Cold Stares’ guitar-oriented sound. “The Great Unknown” represents the trudging power chord rock that we were introduced to in their last record Head Bent; “Friend of Mine” offers us a taste of their more relaxed, radio-friendly side in the form of a patient guitar lick; and “Under His Command” serves as a sampling of their uniquely contrasting acoustic songs that leave a trail of hostile energy in their wake.
Mountain is structured in three song suites that steamroll over our senses without a second thought; “Stickemup,” rises from the ashes of “Under His Command” and bleeds right into “Gone Not Dead” and the bulging “Wade In The Darkness,” which pristinely reverberates like a lonely voice bouncing off of huge canyon walls. Drummer Brian Mullins doesn’t command every song with his calculated arrangements, but the songs that he does make a big impact on (“Sleeping With Lions” and “Cold Black Water” particularly) are the best of the album. Tapp’s lyrics are a constant presence and tend to overshadow some of the more plaintive musical bits in tracks like “Child of God” or the correspondingly muted “The River,” and I actually think that his style of prose goes out of its way to be more creative and freewheeling than it has to be exclusively with this result in mind.
The Cold Stares are very good at taking a simple song and transforming it into a roots rocking firestorm, which is demonstrated perfectly in “The Plan.” The mix of this track is what takes it out of the pastureland and drops it into a crowded concert hall – every gilded nuance of Tapp’s heart-pumping blues guitar is highlighted with great detail, and Mullins’ drumming occasionally gets so overwhelming that it feels like his cymbals are going to come crashing through the invisible barrier between recorded music and tangible reality itself. The same can be said of the familiar melody we find in “Way Gets Dark,” which borrows heavily from the folk/blues of yesteryear but comes across as authentic and original thanks to The Cold Stares’ tailor-made equalization.
For a record that feels like it’s actually two LPs crammed into a single disc, there isn’t a spot of filler in Mountain to be skipped over, and if anything the more streamlined tracks make the progressive flow even more lucid and relatable to the listener. Obviously our attention is, more often than not, drawn to Tapp’s vicious guitar play on this record, which flirts with classic rock tonality but remains relatively contemporary courtesy of this sublimely textured mix. But to be frank, what probably affected me more than anything else here was the relationship between his verses and the riffs; the way they seem to reflect each other’s pain and longing for calm amidst all this musical chaos. In that sense Mountain isn’t just more sonically mature than what The Cold Stares have produced in the past, it’s also more aesthetically evocative and creatively diverse.”
Very excited to announce that The Cold Stares have signed with a national booking agency this week. What this means is outside of all the shows already posted on the website, you will also see more tour dates added soon in many new markets across the country. Our team is all very stoked and looking forward to getting The Cold Stares out in front of their fans in the states and overseas!
The store is filling some orders this week on autographed CD’s. If you’d like an autographed copy of Head Bent, or would like to send one to someone click the link below. THIS week only (2/20/18 through 2/25/18) – the guys will include a free Sampler CD autographed as well with any order.
Much love to Gentry at Rock Rage Radio for having Head Bent at #11 of best rock albums of 2017. We continue to get year end lists including Head Bent and are very grateful to all of you guys out there sharing our music. Thank you!
The Cold Stares are proud to partner up with Azzip Pizza this January for a rock and roll promotion! Come in and buy a pizza and get a FREE Cold Stares CD that is not available anywhere else in the world! Please share with your family and friends and help us let everyone know. Local tour dates to support the promotion are:
-January 5th Backstage Bar and Grill 9pm
-February 17th Lamasco Bar and Grill 9pm
-March 23rd Backstage Bar and Grill. 9pm
“Neighbor Blues” from our new album Head Bent seems to be one of the most popular songs on the album. Another dive into a #southerngothic drama set in the 30’s. Definitely the heaviest tune on the album. 102.9 The Buzz, Nashville’s Rock Station – WBUZ fm, SiriusXM Octane 105.3, The Point
The Cold Stares 2018 – Snippet of things to come
Ok. So many things we have to share with you guys for 2018. We have to keep the lid on the details of a lot of these things until they are finalized- but I have to say we are super stoked about the upcoming year.
Can’t go without giving our fans a little sneak peak at least-
Details will come out about all these things by December 1st.
1- There will be a limited edition new Cold Stares CD released in January that will be FREE- and only available in Evansville at all Azzip locations. We are super stoked to be teaming up with Azzip Pizza and trust me you are going to be seeing, hearing and reading about this one a lot… coinciding with the promotion will be gigs in Jan/Feb/March at various Evansville locations that you may not have seen us before. We had 68,000 streams in the last week from cities around the world- Evansville was not in the top 20, we are about to change that. And yes WE LIVE HERE. First show is at Backstage Jan 5th, and you don’t want to miss it. Other dates announcing soon-
2- We are doing a residency EVERY month of 2018 at our favorite venue Lafayette’s in Memphis. We are also doing a FREE Cold Stares CD that will be available in Memphis for our fans available at the club only. Memphis you’ve shown us some love, and we are returning it. This is DEFINITELY worth a road trip. We’ve played at the best venues in the country, and this is one of the best. If you have friends or family in Memphis, please help us spread the word….
3- There will be a live full length Cold Stares album released in 2018.
4- There will be a new full length follow up to “Head Bent” album released late summer/fall 2018 of 12 new Cold Stares songs.
5- There will be a national tour and European dates, as well as some other possible international shows.
6- You will be hearing more Cold Stares music on your favorite television shows.
7- There will be a host of Cold Stares giveaways including an huge Turntable/stereo giveaway partnering with our label Small Stone Records and a soon to be disclosed company.
8- Tour dates with another well known National act.
Stay tuned and please help us continue to spread the word about our album Head Bent with your friends. Please save our music into your playlists and libraries on Spotify and iTunes music as well. And please continue to email Bluesville and Octane and request our music! We thank you for your support and hope we can give it all back to you guys in 2018. Here we come……. TCS