Monday, May 16, 2011
Show Preview - Cold Cave - 5/22/11 - Brillobox - Concert Preview
Cold Cave will be performing at the Brillobox on Sunday, 5/22. Cold Cave is a 3 piece from the Philadelphia area with experienced members from some well known bands (i.e. Xiu Xiu). They play a throwback to 80's darkwave synth pop with a bit of a modern twist thrown in. They have been receiving positive reviews on their recent release entitled Cherish The Light Years on Matador Records.
Lead Wesley Eisold has headed up his share of bands including Give Up the Ghost and Some Girls. Both were ventures into the hardcore and punk scenes, much different than his current endeavor. The early recordings for Cold Cave were done solo comprising a dark atmosphere sound with pop tones. This resulted in the the nine track debut album Love Comes Close which produced many hook laden songs with mellow tempos. With Cherish the Light Years, the band and lyrics are much deeper than it's predecessor. Eisold appears to be transformed with a new focus and different demeanor.
From their press:
Cremations is only two years old but it’s so drastically different,” Eisold says. “Cherish The Light Years is what I then envisioned happening in the future, but I was just starting to make my own songs, and it escalated to this. Through experimentation I stumbled on more song-oriented music.” Eisold’s lyrics, largely inspired by nighttime walks after moving to New York City, are an extension of his work running the Heartworm publishing imprint. “That is a really important part of Cold Cave too.
Lyrically, I want to convey what a lot of my favourite writers give me to other people. I want there to be this air of romance that has a seedy underbelly, like Jean Genet.” Not unlike Genet, Lou Reed, Baudelaire or Arthur Russell, Eisold uses the temptations of the City to examine the duality of human nature: “It’s impossible not to notice, or be intrigued by, or partake in these things. I think the whole record is a reflection of that, but also questioning your reaction to it, asking how much will you partake? Contradiction has always been a big part of every band I’ve been in, but I think this group of songs highlights that better than ever before.”
Cold Cave will be appearing with Passengers and Boy Scouts of America. Doors at 9p while the show begins at 9:30p. Tickets can found here.