Friday 28 September 2012

Cold Cave - A Little Death To Laugh

Single review by KevW

It all seemed to happen at breakneck speed for Wesley Eisold's Cold Cave, a project he initially started following stints as vocalist in hardcore punk bands on the US east coast. But although debut album, the excellent 'Love Comes Close', seemed to appear from nowhere it had actually been a while in creation and had already seen a US release by the time wind of its existence reached UK shores. Since then though, he's barely let his foot off the gas, following the acclaimed debut with the similarly praised second album 'Cherish The Light Years', a superbly defined electro-rock journey that was full of lobotomised pop songs, warped and twisted so the sound was harsh and unforgiving. Following a similar course is new 7" and download single 'A Little Death To Laugh' which is being released to coincide with an autumn tour.

It barely needs saying that this track isn't exactly full of sweetness and light. It belongs in the early 80s goth movement, a blend of Depeche Mode's industrial electronic beats and Sisters Of Mercy's dark guitar tunes. If 'A Little Death To Laugh' were a person it would wear black, have backcombed hair and probably be swamped in dry ice wherever it went. It's an exceptionally realised example though, made from monotone vocals, an unstoppable motorik beat and a bed of piercing synths with more vicious electronics stabbing through a various points. Once again this has the feel of a pop song that's been hijacked by the dark side and brainwashed into being bleak and emotionless. I guess they're not called Cold Cave for nothing.

Cold Cave's website

The 7" will be sold at the following live gigs:

10/18 San Diego, CA - Casbah 
10/19 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
10/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Getty 
10/21 New York, NY - Webster !
10/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer !
10/24 Columbus, OH - Newport !
10/25 Chicago, IL - Logan Sq !
10/26 Indianpolis, IN - Deluxe !
10/27 Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10/28 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln !
10/29 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West !
10/30 TBA
10/31 Austin, TX - Stubb's !
11/01 El Paso, TX - Low Brow !
11/02 Tucson @ Rock !
11/03 Pioneertown @ Pappy & Harriet's !
11/04 Los Angeles @ Fonda !

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