Announcement…Hard to believe it’s been over a year since we put out a full album. “Ways” in many “ways” opened a lot of doors for us. Over 5 million streams, so thank you to everyone that had rocked it. Today I’m very happy to announce that our first single “Hard Times” from the upcoming HEAVY SHOES album will be released March 25th, just three weeks away. This album has been so long in the making, such a long and winding road to finish, can’t tell you how excited we are to finally start to release it. I will be posting a pre-save link and clip hopefully within the next week, and we will be doing some very cool giveaways attached to the pre-release. Stay tuned, I think this one has been worth the wait, and we have some tricks up our sleeves….
“I hope music is a release from those exact things that divide us. All music. I want to get as far away from that division as I can, personally. Many acts I love have had political statements, lyrics, causes, platforms and so on. That doesn’t have anything to do with what I love about their art, whether I agree with them or not.” – Brian Mullins of The Cold StaresFrom blues.gr interview by Michael Limnios
Read the full interview here–> http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/q-a-with-drummer-brian-mullins-of-the-cold-stares-indiana-based-h
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 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/
Their latest release Ways features thirteen tracks illustrative of the musical maelstrom these two musicians conjure; the wall of sound conjured by two musicians impress live attendees without fail. Mullins and Tapp boast an impressive discography, but show no signs of slowing down – Ways is the band’s most fully realized effort yet and demonstrates continued exponential songwriting growth.Read more here–>> Review by Garth Thomas – thehollywooddigest.com
Any Way the Wind Blows” opens The Cold Stares’ latest release Ways with a swaggering blast of laser focused quasi-Zeppelin riffing. Chris Tapp’s superb guitar work might benefit from a little additional production heft, but it nonetheless possesses an inexorable steamroller like quality flattening listeners from the outset and highlighting the duo’s tight compositional discipline. Tapp never risks self-indulgence; there are no masturbatory solos or instrumental breaks. He does pepper his playing with tasty tempo shifts however. Some listeners will wish the production dialed back Mullins’ drum sound some, but few if any will find fault with his playing. It gives the track a satisfying muscular swing.Read more here –> Review by Michael Rand – Mobangeles.com
November 15th our new video for the single “Into Black” will premiere on the @classicrockmag website. The following week on November 22nd the single officially drops worldwide. Thanks to everyone at radio stations around the globe that are already spinning “Into Black” and of course @kroq 106.7 Los Angeles
Video directed and filmed by our friend Alex Morgan.
If you haven’t heard our new album “WAYS” check it out!
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
Out today! Check out the explosive new album from The Cold Stares “Ways”. All digital links HERE – > WAYS
CD’s and Vinyl coming soon!