Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cassette Review: Cold Coffee "Laundromat" (Summersteps Records)

[$6 // Edition of 100 // https://summerstepsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/laundromat]

Whenever I listen to bands like Cold Coffee I always try to think about other bands that they might sound like and genres they might fit into, and yet with this specific band all I can think of in the back of my mind is a cartoon idea I had written down some months ago and have yet to pitch to anyone because of the art involved in it.    So, here it goes.   I'm going to put the text out there and whoever wants to illustrate it and make it come to life can do just that.  (Just, please, be sure to tag me as well)

Angry Customer: My coffee is cold!  I want a refund!
Barista: Sir, that's an iced coffee.

Isn't it strange how people will drink "iced coffee" but yet if they're drinking hot coffee and it isn't so hot anymore they can no longer drink it?   Yes, these are things which I seriously think about and a band named Cold Coffee brings to the surface for me to discuss with myself even further.

The music of Cold Coffee is somewhere between punk and new wave and that's one of the best places to be.   As I type this, I must admit that my coffee has gone cold (which won't stop me from drinking it) but I also noticed a deal of coffee grounds in it, which always makes me more upset.    Anyway, I must stick with the music.    It's a punk version of Cheap Trick.   It's the Romantics, "Just What I Needed" and yes, Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" all wrapped into one cassette.

Hints of Billy Idol are seemingly always there as I can finally compare something with a Burger Records band that I like rather than just call it a better version of something from Burger as this does remind me a little bit of Mozes and the First Born, who just shred as well.     An instrumental song shows the range in which Cold Coffee can stretch as this could be something off the "Detroit Rock City" soundtrack or right up there with The Priests.

A lot of the songs on "Laundromat" seem to center around slick guitar riffs and the fact that you can have so many without them ever sounding too similar or get too overdone is just a testament to how great this music sounds on the whole.    It rocks in a modern way but with enough of that older influence from when cassettes were the newest way to listen to music.   Definitely everything you could ask for in a band and more.


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