Aberdeen trio, Cold Years, have released new single, ‘Kicking And Screaming’, a high energy posi punk rock anthem about changing your life & environment for the better. The track, as with recent singles, ‘Home’ and ‘Headstone’, features Static Dress’ Sam Ogden on drums.
Speaking of the song, frontman Ross Gordon says, “This song talks about getting out of a really toxic environment. Whether it’s a relationship, job, home, it’s about removing that from your life because you deserve better. Then it’s like ‘bang’ you suddenly find something that is worlds apart and life just seems so much better. There’s so many times in my life I’ve been in bad situations and just couldn’t see a way out but now I’m in a much more positive place. It’s fight or flight, you have to take chances and do what’s best for you..”
At the end of last year, Cold Years returned with storming singles, ‘Headstone’ and ‘Home’.
‘Headstone’, was a song that found the trio returning with a new found dynamism, regaling Ross’s years of debauchery and all that comes with it. “I really had a tough time of it a while back, and I was partying too hard. This song really opens that up and exposes the vulnerability that comes with growing up. It kind of peaks and troughs between the highs of being up, and the lows that come crashing into you the next day, and the guilt associated with that. It’s like – if I keep doing this, I’ll die. I’ll die too young, and I don’t want that to happen. So, I need to get my head in the game and calm it down.”
While, ‘Home’, a bittersweet ode to Aberdeen, talked “through the pitfalls of growing up in small places. Industry is in decline, the shopping centres are empty, Aberdeen is a deserted dirty ghost town, but I love it. I love my home, and I love the people there.”
The songs were the first since the release of their debut album, ‘Paradise’ (Sept 2020), a sarcastic snarl aimed at the band’s remote hometown – that burst from the speakers with a ‘clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose’ spirit. Echoing the infamous, despairing “it’s shite being Scottish” rant made by protagonist Renton in Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel, Trainspotting, the near-nihilistic take on the town where Gordon was born went further still, almost three decades and a generation later.
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