Band of the Week: Coldswell

Band of the Week: Coldswell
Photo courtesy of Coldswell

MEET THE BAND: Evan Krise (vocals, guitar), Ian Hudson (bass), Brandon Krise (drums)

ORIGINALLY A SOLO ENDEAVOR: Evan Krise started the band about five years ago as a solo project and recorded the band's first EP, 2005's Weary, by himself. But when he decided he wanted to play the tunes live, he recruited college friend Hudson and his brother, Brandon Krise, to help, and the solo project became a band. Evan and Brandon Krise cite Dinosaur Jr., the Cure and Weezer as influences, and Hudson says Joy Division, Placebo and Devo influenced him. He also references new-wave and post-punk bands generally as inspirations. "When I'm writing songs, it doesn't feel like I'm consciously drawing from those influences," says Evan Krise. "It's more like putting together a puzzle. That's the way I look at it."

BUILDING ON THEIR EARLIER ALBUMS: After issuing Weary, the group followed it up with another EP, Ruminate. "That was more collaborative, and we started working on songs together for the first time for that album," says Evan Krise. For the full-length, Krise says he wanted to draw from the "raw sound" of the first EP and blend it with the sound of the second EP. The group recorded in Evan Krise's living room. "It was nice that if we made a mistake, it didn't cost us anything," he says. "It also meant that we had creative control."

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR THEM: "Dark Eyes," the single from their new album, Void Calls, possesses a proggy, Incubus-like vibe as the song builds in tempo to the point that Evan Krise has to practically scream to be heard above the din. "'Dark Eyes' started as a riff," says Krise. "We then put together the different sections and I wanted to have a quiet/loud dynamic like the Pixies." "Fairweather" features a thick, Joy Division-inspired guitar riff and sounds like something the British band might have recorded in its early days. "Basically, I was coming up with something Joy Division-like that had a very simple bass part," says Hudson. "Most of my songwriting is stuff I make in my living room. I adapted that bass line and Evan's style is just sort of there, and it turned into 'Fairweather.'"

WHERE YOU CAN HEAR THEM: coldswellmusic.com.

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: Coldswell performs with Bloodhounds and Skeleton Drive at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Musica in Akron.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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