This ‘Cold Beat’ article was written by Daniel Cooke, a GIGsoup contributor
September the 4th saw the release of ‘In To The Air’ San Franciscan quartet Cold Beats follow up to their 2014 debut full length ‘Over Me’, the band craft a unique whirlwind Post-Punk sonic sphere catapulted by pulsating drums and powerful bass lines that could easily be mistaken for Steven Severin’s 4 string driving force for the magnificent Siouxsie and The Banshees.
‘Into The Air’ is as playful as it is dark, brooding and experimental; it captures the heart and soul of early post-punk and injects it with a contemporary youthfulness that keeps the release from feeling stale and overdone.
The album starts at a frenetic pace with bittersweet vocals that swirl between distorted lo-fi guitar riffs and thudding heavy bass lines, driving the tracks on, keeping them ticking and your attention transfixed; simple but very effective. Dystopian themes are present is the musicianship especially with ‘Cracks’ a track that wouldn’t sound too out of place in an 80’s thriller, the culmination of which ends in what can only be described as organized chaos.
At times the album can become very muddy and the vocals hard to make out which can be frustrating, with ‘7 Sisters’ Hannah Lew’s vocals are allowed the time and space to breath and shine something which can lead to overlooking Lew’s at times hauntingly beautiful contributions with so many polyphonic mid tones surrounding her.
‘Spirals’ almost sounds like it was made as a counterpart to Crocketts Theme from Miami Vice or pulled from the sound track of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 Masterpiece ‘Drive’, it evokes the same emotions too, hopeful isolation and a feeling of the unknown. Clearly the band have been influenced by the 80’s and pull off these influences astoundingly, the 80’s motifs are what make this album joyously inventive and new whilst allowing the listener to connect the dots to produce emotive imagery.
Throughout this record there are many twists that make for an interesting ride amongst the textured backdrops threaded by expressive guitars, reverb drenched vocals, chugging bass and edgy 80’s facing synths.
This is a great album with the band clearly growing in the right direction, just the right blend of moody and whimsy that makes for a great listen, maybe one could go as far as a Siouxie and The Banshees 2.0 but it’s probably too soon to tell, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the future for Cold Beat.
‘Into the Air’ is out now on Crime on the Moon