By: Ryan Dekkinga
After spending time back in the studio, The Cold Stares have come out swinging with their sophomore LP Head Bent. From the time the kick hits during “John,” to the more laid back “Break My Fall,” the energy doesn’t fade. I found myself bobbing my head at my desk, more often than usual.
Each track on this album is tight, in the pocket, and yet maintains a fluidity I haven’t heard since I don’t know when. The lead hooks are incredible, with great beats, and a killer baseline along for the ride too. Every track is full of life and paints a different picture. Tapp’s voice helps add color, but the emotion felt and conveyed through the lyrics are what really draws out the texture of each song. Complex and vivid, they provide distinct visuals.
“God and Country” is a perfect example of this. It feels like a battle cry that you want to dance to (which is every bit as fun as it sounds). Speaking of dancing, “Caught in the Weather” will make you want to grab a partner asap and have a good time as well.
You’d be hard pressed to sit still making your way through The Cold Stares release. A thrill to listen to, and a pleasure to feel.
Head Bent is coming June 16th. Preorders are available NOW!