Cold Cave

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Cold Cave
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Wesley Eisold of Cold Cave performing in New York City, 2011
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Synthpop, darkwave, noise, art rock, gothic rock
Years active 2007 (2007)–present
Labels Dais, Hospital, What's Your Rupture?, Heartworm Press, Big Love, Matador, Arts & Crafts México
Associated acts Give Up the Ghost, Some Girls
Website coldcave.net
Members Wesley Eisold

Cold Cave is the moniker for the music of Wesley Eisold based in Los Angeles and New York City whose music is described as a "collage of darkwave, noise, and synthpop".[1]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Cold Cave was founded in 2007 by Wesley Eisold, former vocalist of hardcore groups Give Up the Ghost (previously known as American Nightmare), Some Girls.[2] and Heartworm Press founder. Cold Cave represents Eisold's first venture into instrumentation.[3] Eisold was born with one hand which led him to electronic music.[4]

Love Comes Close (2007–2010)[edit]

After initial releases on Dais Records, Hospital Productions, What's Your Rupture?, and Eisold's own Heartworm Press, he signed to Matador Records,[5] who re-released his self-released debut album, Love Comes Close, on November 3, 2009.

Cherish the Light Years (2011–2012)[edit]

In April 2011 Matador Records released his second album, "Cherish the Light Years." [6]

In July 2011, Cold Cave remixed 'I Didn't See It Coming' by the band Belle and Sebastian. The song appeared on their 12-inch single 'Come On Sister' released by Matador Records and Rough Trade Records.[7]

In April 2012, Cold Cave performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum between John Chamberlain sculptures as part of the museum's Divine Ricochet series.[8]

In October 2012, Cold Cave performed at the Getty Center.[9]

Singles series and Sunflower (2012–present)[edit]

In September 2012, Eisold announced Cold Cave would be touring the US later in the year, he would be recording a new album and that the new live line-up included: Hunter Burgan (AFI), London May (Samhain), Jessie Nelson, and Cody Votolato (The Blood Brothers).[10][11][12] This lineup was exclusive to this two-and-a-half-week tour and Eisold said performing with a full band was something that failed to materialize during Cherish the Light Years tours.[13] While continuing to work on a follow-up to Cherish the Light Years, and not under contract with a label, Eisold began independently releasing a series of stand-alone singles.[14][15] Eisold wrote and recorded these new songs by himself similar to how songs on Cremations and Love Comes Close were crafted. He said they were created, "by myself, at a desk in my apartment. It was freeing and exciting in a way because I didn't owe anyone an album. I got to just make them to make them. The songs were minimal, honest, electronic and without help."[13]

The first single in the series was "A Little Death to Laugh."[16] The single was released in October 2012 through Heartworm[17] and a music video for the song was released in March 2013.[18] In 2013, Eisold released "Oceans with No End" (through Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Inc.),[19] "God Made the World"[15] and "Black Boots."[14] Slava Tsukerman, known for his 1982 film Liquid Sky, directed a music video for the song "Black Boots."[13] In October 2013, Cold Cave released a digital-only, fifth stand-alone single titled "Nausea, The Earth and Me."[20]

On February 21, 2013, Eisold announced that Justin Benoit, a former live contributor to Cold Cave, had died.[21]

In support of Cold Cave's new singles, Cold Cave embarked on an extensive tour of Asia, performing in Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Nepal and Hong Kong in April 2013;[22] performed live with industrial/noise pioneer Boyd Rice in mid-2013;[23] toured with synthpop artist Gary Numan in September 2013;[24] and toured with Nitzer Ebb frontman Douglas McCarthy in October 2013.[25] Also in October 2013, Cold Cave along with musicians and artists Patti Smith, Beck, Ed Ruscha, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lawrence Weiner, James Turrell, Raymond Pettibon, Giorgio Moroder, Kenneth Anger and Suicide took part in Station To Station, a happening by American multimedia artist Doug Aitken.[26] Cold Cave performed live at the Winslow, AZ and Bartstow, CA stops with Beck, Cat Power and Jackson Browne.[26]

Cold Cave will release its third studio album, tentatively titled Sunflower, in 2014. On the sound of the new album, Eisold said the album would be a, "mix between some of the bigger sounds on Cherish and more minimal stuff I'm interested in now, like Suicide or 39 Clocks."[23] In January 2014, Cold Cave remixed the song "Running" by Nine Inch Nails as part of a remix EP Seed Eight, to coincide with the launch of Beats Music.[27] In May 2014, Cold Cave will open for Nine Inch Nails on their full European and UK tour.[28]

Contributors[edit]

Cold Cave is essentially a solo project by former Give Up the Ghost and Some Girls frontman Wesley Eisold. While there have been other people contributing to Cold Cave either on tour or in the studio since its conception, Eisold doesn't consider any of them to be official band members. On the subject of band members, Eisold said in an interview, "I struggle with the word 'member' because there are no 'members' of Cold Cave. It's just me. I've collaborated with many people. Some were extremely worthwhile and others were extremely worthless, and I've come to the point where I'm more comfortable doing things by myself."[23]

Since Spring 2013, Wesley Eisold has performed live with Amy Lee, who has contributed to Cold Cave as a Photgrapher,[4] Videographer[29] and Designer.[23][30]

List of contributors[edit]

Name Related act(s) Years active Notes Ref(s)
Caralee McElroy Xiu Xiu 2009–2010
Sean Martin Hatebreed 2009 Performed guitars and bass on three tracks on Love Comes Close. [31]
Justin Benoit 2009–2010 Live keyboardist during supporting tours for Love Comes Close and performed on Cold Cave's split with Prurient, Stars Explode. Benoit died in February 2013. [32]
Dominick Fernow Prurient 2009–2011 Live keyboadist 2009-2011

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Compilations

  • Cremations (2009, Hospital)[33]

EPs

  • Coma Potion (2008, Heartworm)[34]
  • Painted Nails (2008, Hospital)[34]
  • Electronic Dreams (2009, Heartworm)[34]
  • Easel and Ruby (2009, What's Your Rupture?)[35]
  • Death Comes Close (2009, Matador)[36]
  • Stars Explode (split with Prurient) (2010, Hospital)[37]
  • Life Magazine Remixes (2010, Matador)[38]
  • New Morale Leadership (2010, Hospital)[39]

Singles

Year Song Album
2008 "The Trees Grew Emotions and Died"[34] Love Comes Close
2009 "The Laurels"[34]
2010 "Life Magazine"
2011 "The Great Pan is Dead"[40] Cherish the Light Years
2011 "Villains of the Moon"[41]
2012 "Confetti" / "Believe in my Blood"[42]
2012 "A Little Death to Laugh"[17] n/a
2013 "Oceans with No End"[19]
2013 "God Made the World"[15]
2013 "Black Boots"[14]
2013 "Nausea, The Earth and Me"[20]

Music videos

  • "Love Comes Close" (2009)
  • "Life Magazine" (2010)[43]
  • "Villains of the Moon" (2011)[44]
  • "A Little Death to Laugh" (2013)[18]
  • "Black Boots" (2013)[13]

References[edit]

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