Recording of WAYS

The Cold Stares making of “WAYS”.

After the “Mountain” album when we began to think about the next record there were a few things I knew I wanted to do. First, we had used some material that had been around for awhile for “Mountain”, and this time I wanted to write all the songs completely fresh. So in January I set out to write 12 songs from scratch that no one had heard us perform, and try to mostly not let them out of the bag until the album launched. Secondly, I thought it might be cool to construct the 12 songs for the record as 3 separate EP’s or collections of songs that basically were from the 3 areas of inspiration for the band. One, hard rock. Two, the blues. Three, country,western and folk ballads. Three different “WAYS” if you will.
So I wrote the songs in groups separately, each with their own mindsets as separate pieces that could stand on their own, but also in the end combine into a 12 song album.

When it came time to record, the original plan was to record the three EP’s in three different locations, each to have some meaning to it’s segment. The blues EP we thought we might cut in memphis, the hard rock EP maybe NYC or LA, and the acoustic EP I had planned on cutting out west in New Mexico while we were on tour for SXSW. One of the other things I had intended to do was to record the EP’s in studios that had some history and legacy that fit that style of music. In the end, and after a ton of research, most of the studios where our favorite albums were recorded were now either not open, or in disarray.

Sam Phillips studio in Memphis was on my radar for the blues EP, but when I started to really research the albums that had been made there we found that it was the one studio where really all three of our influences had really been recorded there. Some great blues albums, but also rock and roots stuff too.

So we booked a week at Sam to cut the entire record with the exception of some acoustic tracks that I planned to field record some of the parts. One thing we didn’t take into consideration was that making a record using a vintage based studio with great analog gear also meant us dealing with 70 year old equipment which can be temperamental to say the least. What started out as a few days ended up being over a month of back and forth trips to memphis to complete the album. By the end of the process we were absolutely exhausted, with sometimes 50 hours worth of driving in a week, and not near that in sleep. But in the end, we were both very happy with the result and I feel we got we wanted. We cut all the tracks live in the same room our heroes like Jerry Lee Lewis, Howling Wolf and Bob Dylan had. I sang on Wolf’s old microphone, and we sat at Sam’s desk upstairs and made revisions in the same chair Elvis sat in. We made an honest blue collar rock and roll record with a tip of the hat to our heroes, and hopefully left another memory in those walls.

Wanna join The Cold Stares?

Yea you. Wanna join The Cold Stares? Starting in July we will be live broadcasting rehearsals, song writing, meetings, and every thing else that happens behind the scenes live. Then those videos will go to our YouTube. We want to be the first band to put it all out there for our fans, and we want you to truly feel like you are a part of this band. New music, new experiences, requests, ups and downs, welcome aboard. More details to come in the next couple weeks.

Ways in Thirds

Trying to make 3 completely different projects at one time, in multiple locations, and still keep them connected for the final album was a daunting task. The songs cover everything from the heroin epidemic “White Girl”, to John the Baptist “Ain’t the One”, to southern gothic stories “Jackson Mississippi, to betrayal “I Was A Fool” which you are hearing us mix here. “I Was A Fool” is on the blues EP section and was cut using the same mic #howlingwolf used. First time I’ve got straight strat for a track, as usually it’s just not thick enough for the two piece thing. Love the end result and hope you will too.

“Two Keys and a Good Book” is released today.

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

“Sleeping With Lions” in spot #1 in Spotify Editorial Playlist “Pure Rock & Roll”

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!
ON Spotify!

“Sleeping with Lions” added to “Viagem De Moto” spotify playlist – Brazil

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-
https://spoti.fi/2SPXcWf

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 Sul!
https://spoti.fi/2SPXcWf

The Cold Stares album “Ways” coming in 2019

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-