Friday, June 14, 2024

The Cold Stares Return to the UK this September with a New Album

It’s been revealed that Stateside blues rock band The Cold Stares’ seventh studio album, The Southern, will be out as of 6th September through Mascot Records.

Delving deep into their Southern roots for the first time on record, the album’s said to embody a true reflection of their heritage. “When it came time to record this album, I thought about everybody giving us this Southern rock tag, and decided to intentionally write songs that explore that,” said singer-guitarist Chris Tapp. “In doing so, I realised that being Southern, for me, is more than an accent, and a setlist of songs. It’s about family and tradition.”

The latest single from the album, Coming Home’, is a plaintive, bluesy number played on dobro, echoing the depth of Southern familial ties and personal resilience. “Perhaps our most rootsy song to date, I wrote this song after a trip back to my hometown in Kentucky,” Tapp said. “Touring the world and seeing so many countries has made me realise how unique the place I grew up was, and this song is just about getting back to our roots and where we came from.” Tapp sings about the enduring advice of his father: “My father said son don’t forget to pray, ‘cause you know there will come a day, when this old world turns against you, you better have a plan to make your way.” 

They have also announced a run of UK shows for August and September starting on 31st August at The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, then they will be playing The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, The 1865, Southampton, New Cross Inn, London and The Bourne Music Club in Sittingbourne, with more dates to be announced. 
 
Initially formed in 2012, The Cold Stares began its career as a duo, but expanded its sonic firepower with the addition of bassist Bryce Klueh in 2022. The Cold Stares has been praised by Classic Rock Magazine, No Depression, and American Songwriter, among other outlets; reached #1 on Amazon Music’s Blues Rock album chart; earned prime sync license placements in commercials, on major network television, and on sports games. Their song, ‘Mojo Hand’, is the trailer song for Cyberpunk 2077, and has amassed over 10 million streams on YouTube. The band has shared stages with Larkin PoeRival Sons, Reignwolf, JJ Grey & Mofro, SpoonGrand Funk Railroad, and Thievery Corp.
 
The trio’s origins are below the Mason-Dixon Line origins, despite which they mine a woollier sound than may be expected. Fuzzed-out guitars, Zep-style riffs, and fleet-fingered Cream-influenced improvisations abound, as do nods to Delta blues.
 
“Our version of the South is different,” said Tapp. “When Brian and I were young, we would sit in with these old guys at the local lodge, at the time they were still playing the old hits by Bad Company, Robin Trower, and AC/DC mixed in with country and southern rock – artists like The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. When I heard Free’s ‘All Right Now’ I thought they were from Georgia!”

The Southern will feature the tracks: ‘Horse To Water’, ‘Coming Home’, ‘Looking For A Fight’, ‘Blow Wind Blow’,  ‘Confession’, ‘Level Floor Blues’, ‘Seven Ways To Sundown’, ‘No Love In The City Anymore’, ‘Giving It Up’,  ‘Woman’ and ‘Mortality Blues’.
 
Drawing from the wild tales his grandfather shared with him, Tapp’s cinematic songwriting weaves narratives as vivid as the Western movies they watched together. These stories of crooked cops and outlaw heroes, and local legends like Hoppy who tapped out rhythms while shining shoes, are said to  infuse the album with a rich, narrative depth. It is thus fitting that one of the standout tracks is titled ‘Coming Home’, a song that encapsulates the essence of these tales and the sense of returning to one’s roots.
 
“We are so proud to tip a hat to Kentucky on this album, and embrace being ambassadors of the South,” Tapp concluded, bringing the journey of The Southern full circle—a heartfelt tribute to the land and stories that shaped them.

Available digitally, you can check out the video for ‘Coming Home’ here at RAMzine, while tour dates are listed below, and tickets available here. The Southern can be ordered here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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