February 15, 1979 |
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Wesley Eisold was born with only one hand - his left hand is missing. He said in an interview that this ruled out playing guitar and drums as instruments. He is the vocalist of the synthpop darkwave band Cold Cave as well as the hardcore punk group and noise rock band American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost from 1998 - 2004, 2010 - present, and previously of Some Girls, XO Skeletons and Ye Olde Maids.
In 2006, Eisold was published in the Columbia Journal. Also in 2006, Eisold founded the independent publishing company, Heartworm Press, because of his interest in writing and bringing zines to shows. He listed Exact Change, Grove Press, 2.13.61 and New Directions Publishing as influential publishers. Heartworm has released Eisold's own writing, as well as Boyd Rice, Eric Paul, Jonathan Shaw, Genesis P-Orridge and Richard Brautigan. In August 2007, he published his first collection of poems and prose, Deathbeds in his own publishing company Heartworms.
Since 2007 Eisold has been performing his music under the name Cold Cave, which represents his first venture into instrumentation. Eisold was born with one hand which led him to electronic music. After a public row over alleged plagiarism, Eisold settled out of court and has been given songwriting credits for Fall Out Boy's songs "The Carpal Tunnel of Love", "Golden", and "Bang the Doldrums" from the album Infinity on High.[not in citation given] On Fall Out Boy's 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree, Eisold is credited as 'Inspirador.[not in citation given]
In 2009, the Guardian wrote "Wesley Eisold is an absolutely new, young god of nihilism and despair – he brilliantly captures Cold Cave's aesthetic: the Morrissey of How Soon Is Now wailing over Nitzer Ebb beats and New Order melodies."
In 2010 Eisold said in an interview that missing a hand ruled out playing guitar and drums as instruments, so he began to try "making music with synths and pedals". He also noted that his songwriting process had changed after removing himself from the traditional band scene, and writing alone by himself.
As of 2009, Eisold had worked with Eric Paul of Arab On Radar's poetry collection, I Offered Myself As The Sea, as well as Genesis P-Orridge, Jonathan Shaw, Chris Leo, and Max G. Morton. Eisold produced and recorded songs on Boyd Rice's 2012 album, Back To Mono, released on Mute Records. Several Cold Cave appearances were cancelled, because of Boyd Rices controversial ties to Nazism, satanism, and accusations of misogyny.  They collaborated live in 2013.
Eisold has said in 2013 that he has been an outsider and suffered depression all his life. He admitted he was giving into anxiety and drinking before 2013. His wife and photographer Amy Lee has been playing the synthesizer alongside him since 2013. They live in the Franklin Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.
- American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost - 4 Song Demo Tape/7" (2000) - Self Released/Malfunction
- American Nightmare - S/T 7" (2000) - Bridge 9 Records
- American Nightmare - The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter 7" (2001) - Bridge 9 Records
- American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost - Background Music CD/LP (2001) - Equal Vision Records
- American Nightmare - Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag (song: Depression) (2002) - Initial
- American Nightmare - Love American Demos 2002-2003 - Unreleased
- Anti Aquarian - Chrome Jesus Cassette (2010) - Hospital Productions
- Cold Cave - Coma Potion 12" (2008) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - The Trees Grew Emotions And Died 12"(2008) - Dais Records
- Cold Cave - Painted Nails 7" (2008) - Hospital Productions
- Cold Cave - Blessure Grave/Crocodile 3-way split 7" (2008) - Down In The Ground
- Cold Cave - Electronic Dreams Cassette (2009) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - Cremations CD/12" (2009) - Hospital Productions
- Cold Cave - New Morale Leadership Cassette (2010) - Hospital Productions
- Cold Cave - Prurient Collaboration - Stars explode Cassette/12" (2009) - Hospital Productions
- Cold Cave - Easel and Ruby 12" Single (2009) - What's Your Rupture?
- Cold Cave - Love Comes Close CD/12" (2009) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - The Laurels 12" Single (2009) - Big Love
- Cold Cave - Death Comes Close 12" (2009) - Matador Records
- Cold Cave - Love Comes Close 12" Re-Press (2009) - Matador Records
- Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years (2011) - Matador Records
- Cold Cave - A Little Death to Laugh 7" (2012) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - Oceans With No End 7" (2013) - Deathwish
- Cold Cave - Black Boots 7" (2013) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - God Made the World 7" (2013) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - Nausea, the Earth and Me- Digital Single (2013) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - Full Cold Moon CD (2014) - Heartworm Press
- Cold Cave - Rebellion Is Over (2015) - Heartworm Press / Dais Records
- Cold Cave - Nothing Is True But You 7" (2015) - Heartworm Press
- Give Up the Ghost - Love American CD-EP (2003) - Bridge 9 Records/Equal Vision Records
- Give Up the Ghost - We're Down Til We're Underground CD/LP (2003) - Equal Vision Records
- Give Up the Ghost - Live in London 7" (2003) - Bridge 9 Records
- Give Up the Ghost - Year One CD/2x7" (2004) - Reflections Records/Bridge 9 Records
- Some Girls - "We'll Let You Know" demo (2002)- Self Released
- Some Girls - The Rains EP EP (2002)- Deathwish
- Some Girls - The Blues EP EP (2002)- Deathwish
- Some Girls - All My Friends Are Going Death CD/LP (2003)- Deathwish/Three One G
- Some Girls - The DNA Will Have Its Say EP (2005)- Three One G
- Some Girls - Heaven's Pregnant Teens CD/LP (2006)- Epitaph/Three One G
- Some Girls - BBC Session
- Taylor Bow - Thin Air LP (2009)- Youth Attack!
- XO Skeletons - Live From Planet Death (demo) (2005) - Heartworm Press
- XO Skeletons - Asthmagasm EP (2006) - Malfunction
- XO Skeletons - Bored By Heaven Digital/12" (2008) - self-released
- Ye Olde Maids - s/t Cassette (2007) - Heartworm Press
- Ye Olde Maids contributed a track to Nihil Underground's "Decades of Decay" noise/power electronics compilation.
- Ye Olde Maids - God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us 12" (2009) - Art Fag
- American Nightmare - American Nightmare (2018, Rise Records)
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