Cold Showers come from LA, but their influences hail from less sunny shores. Stylistically, they’re a Manchester band through and through, with a heavy nod to Joy Division in particular. Lead singer Jonathan Weinberg (also drummer of La Sera) anchors the proceedings with his deep baritone, backed by insistent keys and swirling guitars for the full post-punk effect. Opening for The Soft Moon at Glasslands to an already-full venue, Cold Showers dispensed with the bullshit and launched right into “Alight”, which should appear on their forthcoming LP on Dais Records, Love and Regret. By the time “Violent Cries” got going three songs in, the entire crowd was won over. Like the best of the Factory Records bands of yore, Cold Showers take that dark energy and marry it to flawless pop instincts; “In Terms of Pleasure”, in particular, is a memorably well-crafted song, not to mention a killer song title and chorus, and the newly-released single “BC” is right up there with it. This set was brief by design – only six songs – but it whet our appetite for more. If more UK-like weather is needed to inspire this type of music, well, I know a certain borough of NYC where this band could fit right in…
I recorded this set in the same manner as the Soft Moon recording, with Audio Technica 3031 microphones onstage together with a well-balanced soundboard feed. Like the Soft Moon recording, this one is a winner. Enjoy!
Thanks to Cold Showers for permitting us to share this recording. Love and Regret releases on Dais Records next week on October 9.
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Soundboard + Audio Technica 3031 (onstage, ORTF)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, downsample)>FLAC (level 8 )
02 The Fire
03 Violent Cries
04 In Terms of Pleasure
06 I Don’t Mind