Is this the first, great new band of 2011? Hailing from Los Angeles, Cold Showers hit a nerve that leaves me paralyzed with fear and loathing. Moments of aggression and transcendence transform the songs from mere sound to rich sonic narratives: within the rise of the language lies a vision under restraint, a pent up joy that is like nothing else. The resulting sound is unexpectedly tough, vital, and contemporary. Referencing (not copying!) everyone from X to Neu! to The Jesus and Mary Chain (but not in yet another copycat way that makes us want to vomit), they maintain a sense of melody while keeping the fuzz and menace on 11. Sania talked to the band while preparing to start the queue for you to stand in, as they clearly are…. the next big thing.
TDOA: How did you all meet and start making music together? Since you’re a fairly new band, who plays what?
CS: We’ve all known each other in different capacities for years. Jon sings and play bass, Jess sings and plays guitar, Brian plays synth and Renee plays drums.
TDOA: What is the story behind your band name?
CS: The summer weather in Los Angeles can be brutal at times, at which point a cold shower is almost a necessity. Brian inadvertently suggested the name after practice in reference to his plans for the rest of the day. We feel that the name fits well with who we are and what the music is, so we ran with it.
TDOA: The Highland’s 7″ is out now, 2 really awesome tracks ‘I Don’t Mind’ & ‘Near Burn.’ I love that you guys have two part guy/girl vocal harmonies, and both songs have this overwhelming and fantastic washed over feeling to them with the synths. What was your recording process like for these songs?
CS: We recorded the 7″ and some additional songs with a good friend of ours, Rob Barbato, who helped us cultivate the recorded sound we’d hoped for.
TDOA: What is your writing process like? Is it any different writing for two sets of vocals instead of one? What comes first usually lyrics or music?
CS: We bring ideas into practice and work them out as a band. Lyrics follow soon after and we decide what makes sense for Jess and Jon to take on vocally.
TDOA: If someone asks you ‘What does your band sound like?’ What do you usually tell them?
CS: Though we draw from many, many influences, we try our best to avoid answering that question.
TDOA: What are you guys listening to right now?
TDOA: You’re playing a show with Young Prisms, another really amazing new band. Who are some other bands you’d like to play with?
CS: We’ve been very fortunate since we started to play live and continue to play live with friends that we respect and challenge us as musicians and people. Young Prisms, Night Control, No Joy, Dunes, etc. Bands that we’d like to play with down the line are bands that we grew up listening to, bands that we draw from in the writing and recording processes.
TDOA: What is your favorite thing about playing live? Also, tell us a good tour story!
CS: We’re all close friends and we enjoy each other’s company tremendously, on stage and off. There’s a certain amount of trust already built into the band, despite it’s age, simply because of our personal relationships.
TDOA: The new video for ‘I Don’t Mind’ looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Piggy parts, makeup, and blood! What do you guys think of the finished product, and how was it working with director Brian Davila?
CS: Brian’s concept for the video perfectly matched the ethos of the song itself. Working with Brian Davila the director is no different than working with Brian Davila the musician – he’s extremely capable, creative and especially easy going. We’re very fortunate to have him in our band.
TDOA: So what’s next? When will see more material released, and how about a tour?
CS: We’ve been recording and plan to record more in June, as well as in August, all towards a full length. You won’t hear from us again until the full length is ready.
We’ll also be touring the west coast in July and hopefully again before the end of the year, which we’ve yet to announce. Soon.