Cold Years

Northern Blue EP

Written by: PP on 11/10/2018 20:53:06

Scotland based quartet Cold Years have been quietly earning praise based off two excellent EPs, drawing comparisons to The Gaslight Anthem, Bruce Springsteen and the like. Most of that buzz is built around the band's golden throat of a vocalist Ross Gordon, whose raspy style carries just enough coarse grain and gravel amidst the melodic delivery to just ooze charisma and character. It feels like a great singer-songwriter with hints of Americana wrapped around, resulting in an instantly likable sound that feels destined for a breakthrough once the band gets around writing a full-length album.

"Northern Blue", their third EP, features four more exhibits on why Cold Years should be on everyone's lips come this time next year. It's an earnest, upbeat record with folksy vibes that break out to anthemic choruses and soothing melodies. The polished production works brilliantly against the rough-around-the-edges vocal style, so we're landing in similar territory stylistically that produced such cult bands as American Steel, Great Apes and other fantastic low-key punk bands that relied on the Springsteen-esque Americana style.

All four tracks on the record are solid, and fans of early Gaslight Anthem should lap them up as great reminders of said band's early, raw soundscape. Based off the consistency of the material so far, Cold Years badly need to put out a full-length, because if they can carry on like this, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be headlining their own tours in the very near future. Here's your chance to be ahead of the curve.

Download: Seasons, Miss You To Death, What I Lost, Final Call
For the fans of: The Gaslight Anthem, Colt 45, Great Apes, The Cold Beat
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Release date 02.03.2018
Homebound Records

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