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COLD YEARS – ‘Northern Blue’ EP Review

COLD YEARS – Northern Blue

Cold YearsAberdeen, Scotland-based rock band Cold Years announce a brand-new EP, Northern Blue set for release on 2nd March 2018. It is a collection of stunning songwriting with their UK take on the Americana of Bruce that has since been adopted by contemporaries like The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers.

Cold Years relatable, hopeful blue-collar rock anthems, speak of the often bleak industrial Scotland they call home, but also of the lives and loves they find themselves inextricably intertwined amongst, and the beauty that lies within the grey granite walls of Aberdeen.

The four-track EP opens with Seasons and they get straight to it with some powerful guitar that gives way to a gravel-voiced emotion dripping vocal. The song builds to a foot-stomping, fist in the air rocker full of melody and hooks. There is a polish and accomplished air surrounding Cold Years and Miss You To Death has that Springsteen vibe with big guitars, kitchen sink lyrics delivered over a tight rhythm section. The monster chorus will touch the most jaded amongst you and you are simply drawn into the authenticity of the band.

On What I Lost the pace is slightly slower but the hooks keep on coming as the story unfolds over the four plus minutes of rocking. The big guitar solo adds to the Americana sound and the band build to a satisfying conclusion.

Closing with the appropriately titled, Final Call, the guitar and vocal introduction are mellow yet full of longing. The band maintain the restraint for two thirds of the song before exploding into a huge crescendo towards the end. Good stuff!

An already busy schedule for 2018 will see their return to the continent in support of the release of the new EP, with further dates and details TBA.

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