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THE COLD STARES

For the past decade, The Cold Stares have toured the world relentlessly as a duo, wowing audiences in the US and Europe with a furious, electrifying live show that belies their mere lineup of guitar and drums. Now the band strikes up a whole new kind of chemistry as they embark on their next chapter, adding a third member and reviving the classic power trio sound they grew up with on their explosive new album “Voices”.

“When we recorded this album, the chains were off,” says guitarist and singer Chris Tapp. “Suddenly all the parameters that dictated what we could and couldn't do disappeared and we were free to create the sound we wanted.”

This sense of total artistic liberation is at the heart of “Voices”, which takes The Cold Stares' signature blend of blues, southern and hard rock to new heights. Recorded almost entirely in just two days with producer/engineer/mixer Mark Needham (Taj Mahal, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, Fleetwood Mac), the album is the band's most mature, eclectic collection to date, combining powerful muscle and tender emotion in equal measure. It would have been easy for Tapp and drummer Brian Mullins to simply turn up the volume, but instead they utilize the arrival of bassist Bryce Klueh to take a more nuanced and adventurous approach, creating a raw, unadorned sound that feels simultaneously vintage and modern. It all adds up to a bold, cinematic record that's as honest as it is exhilarating, a high-octane dose of unadulterated rock 'n' roll that invokes everything from Cream to Led Zeppelin while reckoning with love and loss, sin and redemption, hope and regret.

The Cold Stares have released a string of highly acclaimed albums that have taken them on tour with Joe Bonamassa, Larkin Poe, Rival Sons, Reignwolf, Spoon, Grand Funk Railroad and Thievery Corp, among others. American Songwriter praised the group's “hard-won commitment, honesty and intensity,” while No Depression called their sound “roots-rocking fireworks,” and songs from their albums have popped up everywhere from ESPN, Dodge, Chevy and TNT to the hit video game Cyberpunk 2077.

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