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Cold Specks

Signs To Mute – Album Out May 22

February 15, 2012

New York, NY

 

SIGNS TO MUTE

DEBUT ALBUM I PREDICT A GRACEFUL EXPULSION OUT MAY 22ND

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “HOLLAND” NOW!

SXSW & SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

“Haunting doom-laden soul” Vogue

“Positively spellbinding and downright possessed” NME

 “Haunting and healing in equal measures” The Guardian

Cold Specks will release their debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion through Mute on May 22nd. The band have signed to Mute and release a video for Cold Specks’ track “Holland”.

Cold Specks is headed to Austin, TX this year for SXSW 2012 and will tour the US and Canada this May with Great Lake Swimmers. See below for a full list of dates.

Cold Specks is songwriter and vocalist Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. The band’s name is taken from a line in James Joyce’s Ulysses:

“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness”.

Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

“My little brother, who was spending his summers with our mother in Toronto, had always told me of this girl he was friends with that had this amazing voice,” recalls Cold Specks’ manager, Jim Anderson. “As a producer I’d heard that so often that I didn’t take too much notice. Then I came in one night to find him and a few friends drinking in the flat and playing a CD of her demos. I was completely transfixed and just kept pressing repeat. I knew I had to work with her. I eventually persuaded her to come over. At that point she had never played with another musician and was completely self-taught with her own unique tuning and timings, which we had to decipher.”

“Jim convinced me to fly out and work on the record for a few months,” explains Al Spx. “That was a year and a half ago. I guess I’m permanently based here now. I didn’t know anyone when I moved here. We needed musicians and Jim knew a bunch. Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey’s regular collaborator) has been helping out with some arrangements and percussion and Jim’s old friends Pete Roberts (guitar), Thomas Greene (piano) and Tom Havelock (cello) also play on the record.”

The band recently performed two songs on Later With Jools Holland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MD4ju12APwCold

 

Tour Dates:

March 13th-18th – SXSW – Austin, TX

March 21st – Co-operators Hall at River Run – Guelph, ON

March 22nd – The Music Gallery – Toronto, ON

May 1st – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

May 2nd – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

May 3rd – Cedar Cultural Centre – Minneapolis, MN

May 4th – West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB

May 6th – McDougall United Church – Edmonton, AB

May 7th – Central United Church – Calgary, AB

May 8th – Southminster United Church – Lethbridge, AB

May 9th – The Royal – Nelson, BC

May 11th – The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

May 12th – Alix Goolden Hall – Victoria, BC

May 13th – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA

May 14th – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

May 16th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

May 18th – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

May 19th – The Compound Grilll – Phoenix, AZ

May 20th – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

May 22nd – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX

May 23rd – Stubb’s BBQ (Indoor) – Austin, TX

May 24th – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA

May 25th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

May 26th – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC

May 27th – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

May 28th – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

May 30th – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

May 31st – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA

June 2nd – The Music Hall, Toronto, ON

 

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www.coldspecks.com

 

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