Posted in music on April 24, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Cold Beat

Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew formed Cold Beat last year with Bianca Sparta (Erase Errata) on drums, and Kyle King on guitar. Despite a name that sounds like it should be a French minimal wave band from 1981, what Cold Beat have released so far is actually cheery indiepop, jangly and harmony-laden. Not miles away from Grass Widow, but definitely a little less obtuse. The band made the "Worms/Year 5772" EP last year and are set to release their debut album, Over Me, on July 8 via Lew's own Crime on the Moon imprint. The record was recorded with The Fucking Champs' Phil Manley and was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring etc). You can stream "Mirror" from the album below.

For those who wish Cold Beat did sound like a French minimal wave band from 1981, there are excellent remixes of "Year 5772" by Pow! and Mikey Young which pretty much fit that description. You can stream those below too.

No word on live shows, but hopefully that changes soon. Meanwhile, check out the album art and tracklist, plus the song streams, below...

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Cold Beat

Cold Beat - Over Me tracklist:
01. Rain
02. Tinted Glass
03. Mirror
04. Fatal Bond
05. UV
06. Collapse
07. Abandon
08. Out of Time
09. Rumours
10. Wave
11. Falling Skyline
12. Year 5772
13. OSOTW

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Comments (5)

cool! it makes me miss grass widow, though. i hope they're not done.

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2014 12:48 PM

I was thinking of Grass Widow the other day, foremost among a few other Bay area bands - the Mantles, Wax Idols, and Legs, all of whom I'd like to see on tour. Like 12:48, I hope Grass Widow still exists and will tour at some point.

Posted by Chris | April 24, 2014 1:02 PM

I liked them better when they were called Lush.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 8:11 AM

I liked them better when they were called Grass Widow.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 8:39 AM

easily my anticipated album of the year!

Posted by Thomas Donofrio | May 27, 2014 3:26 AM

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