American rockers, Cold Shoulder chat to Edward Burnett about what the music means to them, upcoming projects and fan interaction.
RnRR: Hi, would you mind introducing the band to our readers and what you specialise in?
CS: Hi! We're Cold Shoulder and we've been a band for about a year now. We are a rock band that brings quite a bit of our influences to the table. I'd say we sound most like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and a sprinkle of Seether.
RnRR: Where are you guys from and what’s the story between you all meeting each other?
CS: We are from Antioch, CA (near San Francisco) and actually met via Craigslist! Joe (guitar) and Jason (bass) were looking for a drummer and singer and had an ad posted. Marcus (Vocals) and Jacob (drums) were looking for a guitar player and bass player to jam with. We met up and played some covers and just clicked right away. I guess you would say the rest is history.
RnRR: What a great backstory to a band on the up. Who would you say were your biggest inspirations for getting into music and actually going out there and having the confidence to form a band?
CS: Great question. I'd say mostly Alice in Chains, Seether, Soundgarden, and then some older influences such as Motley Crüe. We also love the way some more nearby acts such as Slaves or Nerv navigates the music and digital space. Big shout out to Nerv with that actually, we got a chance to speak with Dillon the vocalist and we just loved the way the band performed and connects with the audience on multiple platforms. It's always fun to pick the brains of people who you feel do a great job.
RnRR: Exactly and always good to acknowledge those that help and inspire along the way. So for new listeners, what songs would you recommend to give a real sense of the band?
CS: We only have 2 singles out, "Don't Call Me" and "Know Your Enemy". They both have a different feel/style and would say to check both of them out. We'll have a new song coming out in early February as well!
RnRR: Yes different styles indeed and throughly recommendable. Both obviously have a very heavy rock feel to them, which arguably gives them a strong personality in their own right. Is that what you’re aiming for with your February release too?
CS: Yes definitely! It pulls a little more in the Alice In Chains direction, but is still very much heavy rock.
RnRR: That’s good to hear that you’re sticking to your root inspirations. So other than a new single in February, what other plans do you have for the coming year and foreseeable future?
CS: We are going to continue to write music and release every couple of months. We are planning to record an album or EP as well, but don't have a solid release as of yet. We'll always continue to play shows and are definitely looking to play shows further from our locale!
RnRR: Exciting stuff, so with the mention of live shows, do you prefer to be on the stage rather than in the studio? Or are there significant pros to each?
CS: We love being in the studio. It's so fun to explore the dynamics of our songs and discover new parts and layers. However, there's something so special about that connection that happens with an audience in front of you. We love playing to folks who like our music!
RnRR: Very well said as live venue events always have a unique feel to them that you just can’t replicate. So one final question, this time next year, where would you like to be? Aspirations?
CS: We would like to continue to grow our fan base and keep the connection we have with our fans. We would like to have our EP/album released and to be playing shows outside of our immediate area or even outside the state. Our favorite thing is the fan interaction and we're always brainstorming unique ways to connect. We have some cool stuff in the works for video ideas and showing what goes on behind the scenes. Some of that will be releasing more frequently as well.
RnRR: Sounds like a good plan and looking forward to your future projects. Thanks for your time and we will be sure to update the site with any news coming from your camp.
You can find out more about Cold Shoulder via their social media channels, @coldshoulderband on Instagram and @cold_shoulder4 on Twitter.