|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Synthpop, dark wave|
|Labels||Dais Records, Hospital Productions, What's Your Rupture?, Heartworm Press, Big Love, Matador, Arts & Crafts México|
|Associated acts||American Nightmare, Give Up the Ghost, Some Girls|
|Members|| Wesley Eisold |
Max G. Morton
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".A number of reviewers note the affinity with early 1980's post-punk and early synthpop, in particular Joy Division.
Wesley Eisold is an American musician, poet and author. He records music under the name Cold Cave, and runs the publishing house Heartworm Press.
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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.and Heartworm Press founder. Cold Cave represents Eisold's first venture into instrumentation. Eisold was born with one hand which led him to electronic music.
Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."
Some Girls was an American hardcore punk band consisting of a collective of musicians who came from different backgrounds and all who had established hardcore bands.
After initial releases on Dais Records, Hospital Productions, What's Your Rupture?, and Eisold's own Heartworm Press, he signed to Matador Records,who re-released his self-released debut album, Love Comes Close, on November 3, 2009.
Dais Records is an American independent record label founded in August 2007 by musicians Gibby Miller and Ryan Martin, based in Los Angeles, California, and Brooklyn, New York. The label has released recordings from artists including Drab Majesty, Cold Cave, Iceage, King Dude, High Functioning Flesh, Genesis P-Orridge, Tor Lundvall, Youth Code, William S. Burroughs and Cold Showers.
Matador Records is an independent record label, with a roster of mainly indie rock, but also punk rock, experimental rock, alternative rock, and electronic acts.
In April 2011 Matador Records released his second album, "Cherish the Light Years."
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.
Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released nine albums. Much of their work had been released on Jeepster Records, but they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States.
Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London, England. It was formed in 1978 by Geoff Travis who had opened a record store off Ladbroke Grove. Having successfully promoted and sold records by punk rock and early post-punk and indie pop bands such as the Smiths and Desperate Bicycles, Travis began to manage acts and distribute bands such as Scritti Politti and began the label, which was informed by left-wing politics and structured as a co-operative. Soon after, Rough Trade also set up a distribution arm that serviced independent retail outlets across Britain, a network that became known as the Cartel.
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.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, in 1952.
John Angus Chamberlain was an American sculptor. At the time of his death he resided and worked on Shelter Island, New York.
In October 2012, Cold Cave performed at the Getty Center.
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).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. 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. 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."
The first single in the series was "A Little Death to Laugh."The single was released in October 2012 through Heartworm and a music video for the song was released in March 2013. In 2013, Eisold released "Oceans with No End" (through Jacob Bannon's Deathwish Inc.), "God Made the World" and "Black Boots" , for which Slava Tsukerman, known for his 1982 film Liquid Sky , directed a music video. In October 2013, Cold Cave released a digital-only, fifth stand-alone single titled "Nausea, The Earth and Me."
On February 21, 2013, Eisold announced that Justin Benoit, a former live contributor to Cold Cave, had died.
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; [ citation needed ]performed live with industrial/noise pioneer Boyd Rice in mid-2013; toured with synthpop artist Gary Numan in September 2013; and toured with Nitzer Ebb frontman Douglas McCarthy in October 2013. 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. In May 2014, Cold Cave opened for Nine Inch Nails on their full European and UK tour. They were also invited to open for Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on their North American tour, after Death Grips, the band originally chosen for opening, decided to split.
Cold Cave began working on its third studio album and follow up to Cherish the Light Years tentatively titled Sunflower in 2013, and a release date in 2014 was originally anticipated. On what the potential sonic direction of the new album, Eisold said it 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."However tours in support of Full Cold Moon and the 2012–2013 singles series proved to be more fruitful than anticipated, and as a result, work on Sunflower was put on hold.
In June 2015, Cold Cave performed at the wedding of Tony Hawk and Catherine Goodman at the Adare Manor in Ireland.
In mid-February 2016 a single called "Nothing Is True But You" was released. In Spring, Max G. Morton, who played keyboards for a short portion of the band early days and also collaborated with Eisold on prose and publishing via the singer's own Heartworm Press, rejoined the band. At end of August 2016, the band shared another single, an almost cacophonic track called "The Idea of Love". In September, they embarked on a domestic mini-tour together with dark electropop act TR/ST.
In late September 2017 Cold Cave released a single called "Glory", a track with reminiscences of early New Order. The video accompanying the track revealed a full live band featuring, besides the ever-present Eisold and Amy Lee, steady touring member Max G. Morton, Nils Bue (bass/guitar) and Ryan McMahon (drums). The band kicked off a small U.S. tour before heading to Europe to support The Jesus and Mary Chain until mid-October.
In early April 2018 the band premiered another song, "You & Me & Infinity", and announced a 26-date North American Spring tour with Choir Boy and Black Marble. At the end of month, a new EP bearing the title of their latest single was made digitally available. In November of the same year the band headed overseas for a string of selected European dates, again with support from Choir Boy.
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."
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|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.|
|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.|
|Dominick Fernow||Prurient||2009–2011||Live keyboardist 2009-2011|
|Amy Lee||2012–present||Cold Cave Live performer, photographer, videographer and designer.|
|2008||"The Trees Grew Emotions and Died"||Love Comes Close|
|2009||"Love Comes Close"|
|2011||"The Great Pan is Dead"||Cherish the Light Years|
|2011||"Villains of the Moon"|
|2012||"Confetti" / "Believe in my Blood"|
|2012||"A Little Death to Laugh"||n/a|
|2013||"Oceans with No End"|
|2013||"God Made the World"|
|2013||"Nausea, The Earth and Me"|
|2015||"Doom, Doom, Doom"[ citation needed ]|
|2016||"Nothing Is True But You"||You & Me & Infinity EP|
|2016||"The Idea of Love"[ citation needed ]||n/a|
|2017||"Glory"||You & Me & Infinity EP|
|2018||"You & Me & Infinity"|
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