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.

“White Girl” has been released!

And we are LIVE. “White Girl” The first single off of “WAYS” album and the “WAYS BLACK” EP has been released today. First 48 hours are so crucial to making playlists and features so please, if you dig it stream and share with your friends today.
Massive amount of work going into this album, and it feels amazing for it to finally start to see light. Hit the road for tour this morning and check in with you all soon!

Stream White Girl from your streaming service here! –> White Girl

ANNOUNCEMENT!

So we’ve come up with a plan. We are going to release a “pre-save” button next week for “White Girl”. When you click the link it will save “White Girl” into your streaming service so when it’s released you’ll have it in your library ready to rock. This helps us IMMENSELY by bumping the numbers and helping us get into the playlists that promote the album.
We will do this with the following releases as well.
So here’s the kicker- when you Pre-Save, it will also send you a link to a unreleased Cold Stares track that will ONLY be available to those who pre-save. Our way of saying thank you, and you’ll have something that no one else in the digital world will own.
Here’s a few of the unreleased tracks that you’ll find-
“Patient Man”- a track we cut for a movie trailer that they ended up not using. Unlike anything you’ve heard us do before.
“Honey”- a track we had previously cut for Jack Daniels that is a very old school rocker
“Whipping Post” our take on the classic by the Allman Bros, remixed and remastered
What else is coming you ask? Well everyone loves surprises and we think you will be very happy with what you find!
We only ask that you please help us get as many of your friends to presave next week too!

First listen of “White Girl” live today at 5pm CST on WUEV 91.5 Evansville or streaming from our Facebook page!

The Cold Stares “White Girl” teaser from their new album “Ways”

The Cold Stares WAYS release dates!

The Cold Stares will release “White Girl” as the first single from “WAYS” on August 2nd 2019. At 5pm central today, Friday June 28th you can hear a sneak preview of “White Girl” for the first time during a live interview with The Cold Stares on Wuev 91.5 FM radio Evansville. (Link at bottom of post)

The schedule for the rest of the “WAYS” releases are as follows-
August 30th- “Any Way The Wind Blows” single release.
September 6th- “WAYS” BLACK EP (Rock)

September 20th- “Thorns” single release.
September 27th- “WAYS” WHITE EP release. (Acoustic)

October 4th- “I Was A Fool” single release
October 11th- “WAYS” BLUE EP release (Blues)

October 25th- Full “WAYS” album available worldwide, Streaming, CD and autographed limited vinyl.

White Girl from the WAYS Black EP

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-

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.

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