June 21, 2024

The Cold Stares have revealed their brand new song, “Blow Wind Blow,” taken from their upcoming album ‘The Southern,’ which will be released on September 6th via Mascot Records. You can watch the video below.

Pre-order The Southern here – https://lnk.to/TheColdStares

The band have also announced a run of UK shows for August and September starting on  30 August at The Carlisle in Hastings, before heading to the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, then they will be playing Sunflower Lounge (Birmingham), The 1865 (Southampton), New Cross Inn (London) and The Bourne Music Club (Sittingbourne). Tickets are available HERE

Talking about the song Chris Tapp says, I wanted to do a ballad that was a tip of the hat to our southern rock reference’s like Bad Company, but also wanted to include some blues references that are important to me as well. The song is about being estranged from a lover, seeing what they were going through, and praying the winds will blow them back to the safety of the relationship you once had. 

Delving deep into their Southern roots for the first time on record, the album embodies a true reflection of their heritage. “When it came time to record this album, I thought about everybody giving us this Southern rock tag, and decided to intentionally write songs that explore that,” says singer-guitarist Chris Tapp. “In doing so, I realized that being Southern, for me, is more than an accent, and a setlist of songs. It’s about family and tradition.”

The previous single, “Coming Home,” is a plaintive, bluesy number played on dobro, echoing the depth of Southern familial ties and personal resilience. “Perhaps our most rootsy song to date, I wrote this song after a trip back to my hometown in Kentucky,” Tapp shares. “Touring the world and seeing so many countries has made me realize how unique the place I grew up was, and this song is just about getting back to our roots and where we came from.” Tapp sings about the enduring advice of his father: “My Father said son don’t forget to pray/Cause you know there will come a day/When this old world turns against you/You better have a plan to make your way.” 

Initially formed in 2012, The Cold Stares began its career as a duo, but expanded its sonic firepower with the addition of bassist Bryce Klueh in 2022. The Cold Stares has been praised by Classic Rock Magazine, No Depression, and American Songwriter, among other outlets; reached #1 on Amazon Music’s Blues Rock album chart; earned prime sync license placements in commercials, on major network television, and on sports games. Their song, “Mojo Hand,” is the trailer song for Cyberpunk 2077, and has amassed over 10 million streams on YouTube. The band has shared stages with Larkin PoeRival SonsReignwolfJJ Grey & MofroSpoonGrand Funk Railroad, and Thievery Corp.

Though the trio has below the Mason-Dixon Line origins, the group mines a woolier sound than expected. Fuzzed-out guitars, Zep-style riffs, and fleet-fingered Cream-style improvisations abound, as do nods to Delta blues.

“We are so proud to tip a hat to Kentucky on this album, and embrace being ambassadors of the South,” Tapp concludes, bringing the journey of ‘The Southern’ full circle—a heartfelt tribute to the land and stories that shaped them.

EU/UK tour dates:
Tickets HERE

23 Aug – Sønderborghus    Sonderborg, Denmark
24 Aug – Karosserifabrikken, Helsingør, Denmark
25 Aug – Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany
26 Aug – Music Star, Norderstedt, Germany
27 Aug – Hafenbar Tegel, Berlin, Germany
29 Aug – Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund, Germany
31 Aug – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, UK
1 Sep – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
3 Sep – The 1865, Southampton, UK
4 Sep – New Cross Inn, London, UK
5 Sep – The Bourne Music Club, Sittingbourne, UK
7 Sep –  Breda Barst Festival, Breda, The Netherlands
8 Sep – De Blaaspijp, Koekelare, Belgium