The Cold Culprits
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Cold Culprits is a four-piece band mixing indie rock with punk. Based in York, Cold Culprits formed in the summer of 2018 and comprises Kurt Faraday on vocals and guitar, Chris Hunter on drums, Jack Mallon on bass and Bean Beanie on guitar.
Cold Culprits performs original 3-minute energetic anthems as well as covering songs from The Jam, Primal Scream, The Clash, Stone Roses, Oasis, Stooges, The Rolling Stones and others. Now swaggering around with a fistful of original material, the band’s songs are beginning to stir up audiences.
The band will record and release their first EP of original material in 2019, refining one or two pub and festival favourites as well as releasing a glut of new material, which won’t have been performed in public. The new EP is planned to run to seven songs.
Cold Culprits write songs driven by intense description and measured storytelling, touching on themes like moral indifference, loss, civil war, regret and melancholy, but all buoyed up with optimistic undercurrents and a kickass indie sound explosion.
Watch out for Cold Culprits playing their live mix of covers and originals around York, Leeds and beyond in 2019, and make sure you check out the new EP release, with a limited run of CDs available in March.
"It's music, we love it, and live music rules our world. As people start noticing what we're doing and begin to like a few of our songs along the way, then that's all fine and groovy with us."
An Interview with Kurt Faraday, lead singer and guitar with Cold Culprits.
What are you working on at the moment?
We're just about to go into the studio to record our first EP, which will include Pieces of You, Sweet Apathy and War & Promises, three of our gig favourites. Our upcoming gigs will be a sneak peek at what we've been up to recently, though we'll be leaning heavily on the covers too, as that's where a lot of the action happens.
We're also riding a song-writing rollercoaster, trying a few new things and just getting those words and song structures down. We've got six of our own sings that we're happy with and another four that we're currently hammering out to a sharp, shiny finish.
What's the first song you remember hearing?
I remember finding a cassette tape (remember them?) in the street when I was just a young kid. I took it home and stuck it in my dad's music system, hoping it wasn't going to have something weird on it, like people screaming or a weird scary voice.
The first song on there just blew me away. I had no idea what it was, as it was a pretty old song, but it just felt like another world had opened up to me. It took me a long time to discover it was 'Into The Valley' by The Skids. Damn, I still love that song.
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
It's gotta be Poison's 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn', for maximum full-on excessive hair metal ridiculousness.
What was the first gig you went to?
I think it was the Rolling Stones, in Sheffield, some time in the late 1990s. They seemed proper old even
back then. And they completely owned it - tore it apart!!
Which song do you wish you'd written?
Birds, by Neil Young. It's such a simple song structure, but the imagery and sentiment is pure genius.
Which song changed your life?
Everything points back to 'Into The Valley' by The Skids.
Before I heard that song I thought music was just background noise. Nice sounds to hum along to. The Skids changed all that for me, they blew my brain wide open to what music can achieve and how it can
shape emotion, make you feel.