Alt rockers Cold feature NEPA musicians on national tour from Sept. 16-Nov. 22
From a press release:
Cold was originally founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986 and later became known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked” in the early 2000s, but when vocalist/guitarist Scooter Ward reformed the gold-certified alternative rock band a few years ago after a hiatus, he began working on a new album with some different musicians from Northeastern Pennsylvania.
First was Berwick singer/songwriter Nick Coyle of Wilkes-Barre bands Lifer and Death Valley Dreams, who was soon named the group’s new guitar player in early 2017 as he worked on Cold’s latest album, “The Things We Can’t Stop.”
Coyle’s Death Valley Dreams bandmate and fellow NEPA native Jonny Nova officially became Cold’s rhythm guitarist in 2018 and also contributed to the album, which was released in 2019 on Napalm Records.
“I’ve been friends with Scooter and rest of the guys for like 15 years now, since back in the Lifer days. We toured with them in Lifer and then again when I was in The Drama Club. A few months ago, Scooter hit me up and said he was doing a new Cold record and asked if I wanted to be a part of it… and I said yes,” Coyle told NEPA Scene in a 2017 interview.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for me to not only get out an create some great new music with some old friends, but also to establish myself as guitarist. Most people know me as a singer, but I’ve been playing guitar for almost 30 years,” he noted with a laugh, “as well as playing other instruments and the writing/production side of things.”
Both Coyle and Nova joined Cold on the Broken Human Tour, the band’s first tour in over eight years, with Scranton alt rockers University Drive as support – they even shot the music video for the single “Without You” in Wilkes-Barre. The national run went so well that they were planning to hit the road again with “A Different Kind of Tour – An Intimate Evening with Cold” in 2020, but then the pandemic hit, so some members used the downtime to record a few quarantine covers with other local and national artists.
“[The tour] was awesome! I would say the best part was just talking with everyone that came out, hearing how the music has impacted their lives. It was pretty powerful stuff, man,” Coyle told NEPA Scene in an interview last year.
“We were supposed to start rehearsing for our new tour in mid-March but everything shut down because of the coronavirus and the tour was postponed.”
Now that they are able to perform live again, Cold is kicking off their 2021 tour tonight in Laconia, New Hampshire and will be on the road through Nov. 22 with another NEPA native in their ranks – Tony Kruszka of Lifer will be playing drums on every date.
“We’re looking forward to reuniting with our family of fans this fall on tour. We’ve incorporated some of the songs that we rarely played live, along with all of the fan favorites. Stay safe and we will see you all soon!” Ward said in a press release.
While there are no NEPA stops on this two-month trek with New Dilemma, Divide the Fall, and Waiting for the Enemy, stops within Pennsylvania include the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center on Oct. 3, The Gin Mill and Grille in Northampton on Nov. 20, and Stage West’s second location in State College on Nov. 21.
At the turn of the century, Cold unveiled the seminal “13 Ways to Bleed on Stage,” which went gold and yielded hits such as “Just Got Wicked,” “No One,” and “End of the World.” Their 2003 follow-up, “Year of the Spider,” marked their highest chart position, bowing at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, receiving a gold certification, and spawning the smash “Stupid Girl” accompanied by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. 2005’s “A Different Kind of Pain” illuminated melodic strides to the tune of 37,000+ copies sold in its first week and a Top 30 debut. Meanwhile, 2011’s “Superfiction” continued this streak, crashing the Top 10 of the Top Rock Albums chart upon arrival and extending a growing legacy that includes over one million records sold in the U.S. alone.
The past few years have been transcendent for the band, peaking with the successful 2019 release of “The Things We Can’t Stop;” subsequent singles “Shine,” “Without You,” “The Devil We Know,” “Run,” and “Quiet Now;” and a North American comeback tour boasting several sold-out shows. Billboard said, “Cold is heating up for a new era,” and that period includes some distinctly local elements from NEPA.