Wes Eisold has confirmed that Cold Wave’s new lineup consists of Cody Votolato (the Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love), bassist Hunter Burgan (AFI), synth op Dave Stone (LCD Soundsystem, Melvins), and drummer London May (Samhain, Tiger Army). Check out a full feature on the news here and part of an interview regarding new music below by clicking “Read More.”
But Eisold is a fan of change (this is a guy who pulls up roots every year on his on volition) and has hit the reset button on Cold Cave in a big way. Two months ago, he put together a new version of the band, enlisting longtime friends guitarist Cody Votolato (the Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love), bassist Hunter Burgan (AFI), synth op Dave Stone (LCD Soundsystem, Melvins,) and drummer London May (Samhain, Tiger Army). The band are going on tour in October, headlining shows as well as opening for Divine Fits, the “supergroup” comprised of members from Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks. While the s-word designation could certainly be used to describe his new lineup, Eisold says he was more concerned with touring with people whose company he enjoyed. And as Jason Pettigrew learned, if they’re kickass players, all the better.
This is certainly an A-list team of players you’ve put together. How did this happen?
Hunter, London and I had started doing a side project when I moved here last December. We couldn’t find the right people to fill out the lineup and the project fizzled away, but we were all still interested in playing with each other. With Cold Cave having so many directions—and me not being entirely sure which way it should go—I decided I needed to try playing the existing songs as a full band, just to see the songs through. I had a full band once for a week in Europe and it didn’t work out for different reasons. Even with different lineups, it still relied heavily on Ableton [software]. I wanted a band who could just get up and play the songs.
What kind of guidelines did you give yourself? I’m sure there is no shortage of people who would want to play with you, and this lineup is full-on music-nerd fantasy football.
Totally. But it really wasn’t like [I had specific plans]; they were just people I was around at the time. It’s really been exciting to hear their interpretations of recorded Cold Cave songs live. We’re going to be playing songs from Cherish The Light Years, as well as some new stuff I’ve been writing with Cody. We’re going through all the songs now and seeing what translates to a full band setting. There are songs I really wanted to play live, but they never felt right. Playing electronic music to tracks is a no-brainer—it makes sense. Playing them with live drums, bass and guitar and sometracks never felt like it worked. Playing the American Nightmare shows made me realize how much I enjoy playing in a band. I like the energy of playing with a live band, and for a while I got used to not having that. But it never felt completely whole to me.
Have you written new songs for this band?
I’ve written some, and Cody and I have written a few. I’m kind of taken aback as to how easy it is working with him. I always wanted to have that dynamic of a singer paired with a guitarist to write songs. It’s really been a dream situation. I want to record this December; I’d like to have a record out before next spring if possible. I’m really into the idea of the band recording live in the studio and stripping it down, as opposed to adding layers upon layers of synth lines.
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