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

“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

Announcement! $1000 Charity Giveaway!

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.

https://soundcloud.com/tcs-private/sleeping-with-lions-by-the-cold-stares-radio-download

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….

Spotify curators add “The Great Unknown” to their playlist “All New Rock!”

We are excited to announce that the curators at @spotify have added our new single “The Great Unknown” to one of the best rock playlists on Spotify “All New Rock”. The playlist features our friends #blackpistolfire and tracks by #rivalsons and #theraconteurs “The Great Unknown” is also featured in @joebonamassa playlist “Getting Through 2018 Blues” and Spotify’s “Funky, Heavy, Bluesy” and was @classicrockmag “Track of the Week” Check it out in our bio and please add it to your digital library today!

Another great review of “Mountain” by Toomuchlovemagazine.com

“Whether it be the fire and brimstone of the lumbering “Gone Not Dead” or the acoustic whisper of the moving “Under His Command,” I really think you’d be hard pressed to find a more diversely appointed rock LP this autumn.” – John McCall, Toomuchlovemagazine.com
The Cold Stares ON SPOTIFY!

“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