Cold Cave is the brainchild of Philadelphia’s Wesley Eisold, ex-Some Girls, Give Up The Ghost, XO Skeletons, and currently Ye Olde Maids, etc. We’re calling his newest project a Band To Watch, but Eisold received some high-profile press when Fall Out Boy reportedly plagiarized lyrics from his influential hardcore outfit Give Up The Ghost. He won an out-of-court settlement, is now credited in the liner notes of From Under The Cork Tree and Infinity On High. Eisold’s hardcore/punk background rears its head in interesting ways in Ye Olde Maids, but more especially in Cold Cave, a darkwave synth confection with more than enough static and noise cycling through to justify mentions of Prurient and Burning Star Core on his personal MySpace. The songs are danceable, dark, instantly infectious. Think ’80s industrial and synth pop over-driven through power electronics. For instance, take a listen to “Sex Ads,” which comes from Painted Nails, a three-song 7″ released by Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions.
Cold Cave – “Sex Ads” (MP3)
The 7″ is limited to 500 copies via Hospital. Eisold also co-runs Heartworm Press with Max G. Morton. They put out the first Cold Cave release Coma Potion and more recently a great book of collages by Youth Attack records head Mark McCoy, which is opening up as a show in Philadelphia this Friday at Eisold’s new art space Juanita & Juan’s.
You can catch Cold Cave live this Sunday (12/7) at Bowery Ballroom with Love is All and Crystal Stilts. Hear more at MySpace. Pay attention to “The Trees Grew Emotions And Died,” which comes from the Dais 12″ of the same name.
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