Interview with Chris Tapp –

Podcast with Jay from The Hook, interviewing Chris Tapp of The Cold Stares.

Faced with the ultimate uncertainty of his own life, Chris Tapp of The Cold Stares never gave up. A rock ‘n’ roll journey that is like no other, filled with enough countless challenges and setbacks for several lifetimes, their story of perseverance is absolutely inspiring. With songs powered by honesty and endless depth I’m certain their music and story will resonate with you. Enjoy the show!

Jay from The Hook Rocks on Soundcloud

“The Cold Stares are back!” – Review

The duo of vocalist/guitarist Chris Tapp and drummer Brian Mullins, under the name The Cold Stares, isn’t your everyday indie act. The pair commands national recognition thanks to their cracking blend of rock and blues. The mix they bring to these time-tested forms balances the fundamentals giving each style its enduring appeal while delivering music that sounds fresh rather than retrofitted for modern audiences. Their latest studio release Ways packs a hard-nosed wallop over the course of thirteen songs and likewise shows the continued growth of their songwriting within a familiar frame. I think The Cold Stares are far more than a throwback act; this collection has relevance rather than reveling in a dimming past and they fill each performance with edgy urgency.

Mark Druery – Indieshark Music Magazine

Read the full review here –> https://indieshark.com/awards/pick-of-the-week/the-cold-stares-are-back/

Heavy Blues Duo The Cold Stares Dissect Their New Album ‘Ways’

Consisting of musicians Chris Tapp (guitar and vocals) and Brian Mullins (drums), Evansville Indiana’s The Cold Stares play some unavoidably catchy blues-rock that’s been turning heads at an increasing rate since the band’s inception in 2012. Today, as the duo continue to celebrate the October 18th release of their latest studio recording, WAYS, via AntiFragile Music (find pre-save/order options here), we’re thrilled to exclusively share Chris Tapp’s track-by-track rundown of each of the album’s thirteen stupendous songs.

Excerpt from Sax & Violins Blues Feature of The Cold Stares by Christopher Gonda

Join us for the ride

Sitting in the dark going through the final touches of the acoustic EP portion of WAYS. Definitely the most thought and effort I’ve ever put into a project. There’s not a note or syllable that’s not been purposely chosen, not any detail of the artwork without meaning. Hoping it conveys to our fans the same. A lot of journeys to follow and stories to lose yourself in on this album. Hope you will join us for the ride-

And that’s a wrap for “Ways”

And that’s a wrap. 18 hour day concludes the recording and mixing of WAYS. Beyond exhausted. Can’t tell you how hard this crew worked on this album. Going to NYC to Andy Vandette for mastering this week and we hope to be able to share release dates soon. @briandadrumma @letsjumpin @wes_lee_ @samphillipsrecording

TCS Live Q&A from Sam Phillips studio in Memphis!

Hey folks, we will be going LIVE tomorrow Sunday the 26th at 4pm Central from Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis on Facebook followed by 4:15pm Central here on Instagram to answer questions about the new record, recording process and anything else you guys are interested in! Please join us and share.

The Cold Stares

Photo by Alex Morgan

SXSW announces third wave of Showcase artists

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.