SS-166 :: THE COLD STARES – Head Bent
Label: Smallstone Records
Release date: June 16th, 2017
Catalog number: SS-166
- 1. John
2. Head Bent
3. Neighbor Blues
4. God and Country
5. Stuck in a Rut
6. Price to Pay
7. Caught in the Weather
8. Ball and Twine
10. One Way Outta Here
11. Break My Fall
Formed in 2008 after the duo had spent a number of years in other bands, Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins got together for the sole reason to jam. No preconceived notions; just do what comes naturally. The result is a sonically and emotionally weighted, story-based brand of rock sung directly from the soul.
Chris’ unique guitar rig and Brian’s giant bass drum provide a visual and sonic landscape for the two to travel on different paths than other acts. You may find yourself looking for another member behind the curtains, but nope. It’s just the two of them.
And their success has come from hard work and perseverance. From keeping everything in-house: Booking, promotion, recording and merchandise design, Chris and Brian have handled it at all themselves.
Fans have seen The Cold Stares in venues like Pianos in New York City and the Viper Room in Hollywood, and at festivals like The Ride, Copperhead, Handy Bluesfest, with acts like Rival Sons, Big Head Todd and Spoon among many others.
Following up with their two successful EPs recorded with Mark Needham , their new album, Head Bent, will be released in May 2017 on Small Stone Records.
For fans of: Black Crowes, Dirty Streets, Rival Sons, Royal Blood
releases June 16, 2017
The Cold Stares is:
Chris Tapp: vocals, stringed instruments, keys
Brian Mullins: drums and percussion
Artwork by Line Through-Design.
Photography by Alex Morgan.
Recorded at Seven Hills Studios.
Produced by Chris Tapp, Brian Mullins with Greg Pearce.
Mixed by Chris Tapp, Brian Mullins with Greg Pearce.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI.