In support of their forthcoming Napalm Records debut, “The Things We Can’t Stop”, alternative rockers COLD will hit the road late this summer and into early fall. Dubbed the “Broken Human Tour”, the band’s first trek in over eight years kicks off August 29 in Teaneck, New Jersey and runs through October 20 in Lexington, Kentucky. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale this Friday, July 19 at ColdArmy.com.
COLD frontman Scooter Ward states: “COLD would like to thank everyone that helped with setting up our first tour in over eight years. We look forward to seeing all of you at the shows. You all mean so much to me and I look forward to our COLD family reunion! Love to you all.”
This Friday, July 19 will see the release the first official single from “The Things We Can’t Stop”, a song called “Without You”. The track will be available for streaming and download across digital retailers in addition to being serviced to national radio stations.
“Broken Human Tour” dates with AWAKE FOR DAYS and UNIVERSITY DRIVE:
Aug. 29 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
Aug. 30 – Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
Aug. 31 – New Bedford, MA @ The Vault at Greasy Luck
Sep. 01 – Scranton, PA @ Levels
Sep. 04 – Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
Sep. 06 – Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
Sep. 07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Sep. 08 – Concord, VA @ DeVault Vineyards – Blue Ridge Rock Festival *
Sep. 10 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
Sep. 11 – Atlanta, Georgia @ The Masquerade @ Hell
Sep. 13 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
Sep. 14 – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
Sep. 15 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep. 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Sep. 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Sep. 20 – Lakewood, OH @ Winchester Music Tavern
Sep. 21 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep. 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Live
Sep. 27 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 28 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
Sep. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 01 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
Oct. 04 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
Oct. 05 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Oct. 06 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
Oct. 08 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Oct 10 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
Oct. 11 – Ringle, WI @ Q and Z Expo Center
Oct. 12 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175
Oct. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16 – Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theater
Oct. 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Oct. 19 – Champaign, IL @ The City Center
Oct. 20 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
* No AWAKE FOR DAYS and UNIVERSITY DRIVE
COLD has always documented memories and moments in song, etching them forever in diaristic lyrics, cinematic production, and airy guitars. Since their 1997 self-titled debut, the group fronted by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ward, has consistently converted pain into poetry consumed by a legion of diehard fans affectionately dubbed “Cold Army.”
After a dormant two-year period, 2017 saw Ward turn his attention to COLD through once again surveying the events of an ever-changing journey and relying on the same internal compass responsible for his catalog thus far.
“I needed life to happen to be able to create,” he admits. “There were probably around 15 years where all I did was live and breathe the band. I needed to separate from that to remember what it was like to not have it anymore. It was extremely important for me to spend time with my family. I did experience writer’s block for the first time in my life during the process though. It was brutal, because the one thing I’ve always had — left me. It seemed the series of events in my life had taken away my soul. It turned around. I’ve remained adamant about evolving a bit with each record. Approaching every chapter as a new beginning is paramount and necessary for it to be a true COLD album.”
That’s exactly what he made with his 2019 debut for Napalm Records, “The Things We Can’t Stop”. In order to overcome the drought, he returned to his “alternative roots,” spinning favorite records from THE NATIONAL, INTERPOL and PLACEBO in addition to reading musician biographies. Discovering Nick Cave‘s “One More Time With Feeling” documentary proved eye-opening. Not only did he watch the film over twenty times and develop a deeper appreciation for the artist, but Ward credits him for “breaking my block.”
He recorded the album in multiple locations. Drums and bass would be cut in Phoenix with Jeremy Parker at Equinox Studios joined by Nick Coyle (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Lindsay Manfredi (bass) and Aaron Fulton (drums). The rest of the material came to life at Ward‘s home studio in California and in the woods of Pennsylvania at Nick‘s.
With instrumentation in place, his vision unfolded in classic COLD fashion.
“Every time we begin a record, I wait for the music to tell me what the songs will be about,” he explains. “I can never start a record with a preconceived notion of how it will end. The notes from the piano dictate the stories within the songs. I needed this to be an album with elements from all of the past albums…along with a new sound. As songs started forming, I felt they helped me deal with things happening in my life. They were therapeutic. It seemed powerful in that it took all of the bad things going in my head and gave me hope.”
In the end, “The Things We Can’t Stop” shines a light on life’s tragedy only to color it with beauty as COLD has always done.
“When you listen to this, if you’re going through something tragic, maybe you can take a small bit of hope that you’re not alone,” Ward leaves off. “To me, COLD means family. The fans who have stayed with us throughout the years and the people who have worked with us and are all connected through the music. The shows are reunions. These people have become my life. I’m extremely thankful.”