SHORT LISTED FOR POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
BROOKLYN, SEATTLE, LOS ANGELES
Debut album, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion out NOW
“Haunting doom-laden soul”
“When she begins singing, you understand the fuss…”
“I can tell you without a doubt that Al Spx is going to be a superstar before year’s end.”
“Positively spellbinding and downright possessed”
Cold Specks has just released her latest Hoxton Hall Session video, “Hector”. The second of this four-part series filmed at the fame venue in London, “Hector” can now be viewed on the Cold Specks website along with the first video for “Winter Solstice.” The final two videos will be revealed shortly.
Also announced today, Cold Specks has been short-listed for the Polaris Music prize, along-side Grimes, B,C D and many more of Canada’s most talented musicians. Past winners include Arcade Fire, Caribou, F*cked Up, and Final Fantasy. The awards take place September 24th in Toronto.
Cold Specks will be playing a string of North American dates this August, including August 1st in New York, August 16th in LA and August 15th show in Seattle.
COLD SPECKS TOUR DATES:
July 27th & July 28th – Calgary Folk Festival –Calgary, AB
July 29th – Hillside Festival – Guelph, ON
August 1st- Glasslands- Brooklyn, NY
August 3rd- August 5th – SappyFest- Sackville, AB
August 7th – Le Divan Orange – Montreal, QC
August 8th – The Great Hall – Toronto, ONT
August 15th – Barboza – Seattle, WA
August 16th – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Cold Specks, lead by singer-guitarist Al Spx, hails from Etobicoke, Canada although she now calls London home. Channeling James Joyce’s Ulysses she donned the name Cold Specks from Joyce’s gripping script “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.