Hey folks! Our latest single to digital music “Two Keys and a Good Book” is released today. Please help us out by adding it to your libraries and giving it some streams. We are hopeful to catch a playlist or two on the online platforms, and really feel the song might have some legs. Please share with your friends, we hope you love the new version! Two Keys and a Good Book by The Cold Stares
Hop over to Spotify and check out our single “Sleeping With Lions” rocking out spot #1 in the killer Editorial Playlist “Pure Rock & Roll” with our mates #rivalsons and some other killer bands. “Sleeping With Lions” has been featured on Animal Kingdom TNT XGames and ESPN in 2018!
We got news yesterday from Spotify that “Sleeping With Lions” has been added to yet another editorial playlist and in slot #ONE!
This time we are rocking in “Viagem De Moto” which is a killer
Brazilian new playlist made on December 7th and already has 160,000
followers. That puts us at 16 Editorial playlists for “Sleeping With
Lions”, and it’s being added to radio around the world weekly. Thanks to
everyone who continues to share the new album. If you haven’t heard
“Mountain” here’s a link-
Recebemos notícias de ontem do Spotify de que “Sleeping With Lions” foi
adicionado a mais uma lista de reprodução editorial e no espaço #ONE!
Desta vez estamos embalados em “Viagem De Moto”, que é uma nova lista de
reprodução brasileira feita em 7 de dezembro e já tem 160.000
seguidores. Isso nos coloca em 16 listas de reprodução de “Sleeping With
Lions”, e está sendo adicionado semanalmente ao rádio em todo o mundo.
Obrigado a todos que continuam a compartilhar o novo álbum. Se você não
ouviu “Mountain” aqui está um link- E obrigado a todos os nossos fãs do
sul que continuam a espalhar a notícia pelo Brasil e pela América do
ANNOUNCEMENT. The Cold Stares will release their next album “WAYS” in
three installment EP’s. The first “white” EP will consist of 4 acoustic
based songs and will be released May 1st 2019. The second “black” EP
will be 4 hard rock songs, and be released on June 1st 2019. The last
“blue” EP will be 4 blues tracks that will release July 4th 2019. August
1st the “WAYS” album in it’s entirety will be available as vinyl, cd
and streaming services as well.
We are extremely excited about this process and project. What we can tell you- the “Black” album will be heavier than anything we’ve done so far. The “Blue” EP will be more bluesy than anything we’ve done so far. The “White” EP will represent our acoustic and songwriting style in a very personal and unique way. Each of these EP’s will be recording in a place and manner that contributes to the sound and feel of each EP and will be treated as it’s own entity. Holding back on some of the details of the recordings yet, but I can tell you each will be filmed for a short film and documentary about the process. We are very excited to be in this position, very blessed that “Mountain” is building the foundation for “Ways”, and can tell you that we intend to shake the ground with 12 songs never publicly heard before. Stay tuned. And thank you all for being here for this ride- For now here’s the cover artwork-
1/1/2019 The Cold Stares will release the 2nd single from their album Mountain, “The Great Unknown”. The track is featured in Spotify’s playlist “Heavy, Funky, Bluesy”, and Joe Bonamassa’s playlist “Getting Through”. Hear the single here- The Great Unknown
Blown away by the reviews that continue to come in on “Mountain”. If you haven’t heard our new album check it out today- Link in comments.
“Mountain is a creative quantum leap for this pair of indie rock darlings who successfully transition from underground obscurity into the primetime with this new treasure chest of soulful blues anthems”
Neufutur.com review of Mountain
Request “Sleeping With Lions” here- SiriusXM Octane
And yet another great review on “Mountain”- Happy Monday, now let’s get to the rock and roll…
“In “Way Gets Dark,” one of the more homespun acoustic tracks to behold on The Cold Stares’ awesome new alternative blues juggernaut Mountain, the band doesn’t rely on imagistic lyrics alone to create a visual experience to accompany the music. The eerie echo of the lightly plucked strings sends a chilling sense of danger in our direction, and the lack of emotion in lead singer Chris Tapp’s voice kills any comfortability that his warm southern drawl may have provided. It’s like the path in front of us is literally getting darker; we’re trapped in this dry but sharply tuned mix next to the guitar, our minds left to wander after the crisp melody that could be waiting just beyond the horizon.
Mountain is driven by its evocative soundscapes, which appear when we’re least expecting them. At fifteen tracks, this is a monstrous LP that offers plenty of intriguing moments for newcomers to The Cold Stares’ sound to get acquainted with their style, but its cohesive, somewhat progressive qualities are what will satisfy the group’s longtime fans more than anything else. As incredibly different in rhythm as “Cold Black Water” and “The Plan” are, they play together in this record flawlessly, as if they were two sides of the same coin. What they have in common is the jarring, neo-noir soundscape that we’re greeted with in track one, “The Great Unknown,” and unable shake for the duration of the record.
I found myself taken aback when I discovered that The Cold Stares are comprised only of singer/guitarist Chris Tapp and drummer Brian Mullins. The abrasive “Stickemup” gets started with a colorful little guitar tizzy that sounds like an amalgamation of several string instruments layered on top of each other, while Mullins’ drum kit sounds twice the size of any other I’ve heard lately. “Wade In The Darkness,” “Gone Not Dead,” and really any of the heavier tracks on the record feel so much more mechanical in their execution than what I was expecting, and yet they’re so far removed from the digitalized sound of robotic pop/rock that even the most subtle differences between their melodies and that of their contemporaries is hard to ignore in these songs.
The most somber moment in Mountain ironically might also be The Cold Stares’ most triumphantly reverent so far – “Under His Command,” a Gothic folk ballad that brands us with a smoky vocal by Tapp that plays more like an epitaph than it does a rock song. His words stick to the paper thin strings like glue, and wherever his prose takes them, they melodically respond – in the gauntest of minor keys. This is my favorite song on the record, not because of any machismo-fueled rock luster, but because of its dark, witty minimalism.
I think that the best way to experience Mountain is to listen to its fifteen songs from beginning to end in the chronological order that The Cold Stares’ arranged them. In what can only be described as an operatic approach to making a bluesy garage rock record, this album starts off with a sonic beat down (“The Great Unknown” and more modest “Friend of Mine”), escalates to more methodical, emotional grounds (“Under His Command,” and “Stickemup”) before letting the harmonies go off the rails (“Gone Not Dead,” “Wade in the Darkness,” and the bone-rattling “Child of God”) and giving into this duo’s penchant for fusing nimbly wound rock songs into analogue-style blues rants (“Cold Black Water,” “Two Keys and a Good Book” and “Killing Machine” just to name some highlights). There’s a lot for music enthusiasts to ponder in this album, but there’s just as much excitement for casual fans to discover in its intricately stylized songs as well.”
Another great review in on “Mountain”. Overwhelmed by the critical response so far. If you don’t have the album yet please grab it here- Mountain on Amazon Music
Review of Mountain on Gashouseradio.com
“The Cold Stares may have flirted with the idea of blending together their pastoral and more abrasive influences with Head Bent, but this album is much more representative of their true identity as a band. Mountain is assaultive, unapologetic and surprisingly emotional – but more than anything else, it’s an unadulterated look at The Cold Stares for who they really are.”
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.”