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
Announcement! $1000.00 Charity Giveaway!
“Sleeping With Lions” goes to national radio!
When we released “Sleeping With Lions” in October we had hoped it would do well based off the TNT Animal Kingdom licensing that we had secured with the song. We had no idea of the impact it would make for us in playlists, further licensing with X-Games, ESPN and Monster Energy. We continue to get messages each day from independent DJ’s literally from around the world that have added SWL to their rotations. Because of all of this, we have decided to throw everything we have at it and do a proper radio campaign. Starting March 1st we have hired a company that will help us get “Sleeping With Lions” on more radio stations with the hopeful intent of getting it to break top 20 Active/Mainstream Rock Charts.
What can you do to help?
If you have a radio station that plays rock in your area please contact them and request that “Sleeping With Lions” be added to their rotation. We’ve even made it easy by creating a link to download the track directly below.
If you get a station to pick it up, please comment below that station name and area.
If Sleeping With Lions cracks that top 20, we are going to randomly choose one of the radio stations that is spinning it and make a $1000.00 donation to a charity of their choice in their area, in their name.
This process has been 100% grassroots to this point, but we feel that the amount of success with “Sleeping With Lions” really requires us to get the machine behind it. It truly has been career changing for us and thank each one of you who has added it to your libraries and shared it with your friends.
Thank you to WKTG, and WUEV for being at the very beginning and playing it out of the gate. Found out today the song has been picked up by Hard Rock Cafe globally as well, so thank you to our friends at Hard Rock. Now the hard work begins….
“Killing Machine” is available today on @spotify The southern gothic study on violence and society is “haunting and poignant” says No Depression. Listen Here!
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