Kurt Vile & the Violators
Store Vega, Copenhagen, DEN - 5/12
Written by: PP on 24/06/2012 04:03:19
"Transitions" is the debut EP by the Wakefield, UK-based post-hardcore band Cold Summer. Although the track listing reads five tracks, in essence there are only two tracks on offer here, "Waiting" and "Mistakes", because the fifth track is an outro and the other two are simply acoustic renditions of the first two-track with some piano instrumentation to change it up. Kind of a pointless release, if you ask me, because two tracks is not enough to judge a band's merit properly, hence I'll also keep this review short.
Basically, Cold Summer play post-hardcore with a late 90s twist to it. You know, before high-pitched vocalists and autotune took over the genre. Think Quicksand, Finger Eleven and that sort of bands. In practice, it translates into a couple of raw and distorted songs with bad production that's just not going to cut it in 2012, as much as I hate to drop the ax on bands avoiding modern production tricks to improve their sound. Luckily, Cold Summer show on the acoustic versions of the songs that they are a much better band than the original versions suggest. The singing is better, on tune, and the piano/acoustic combination does the songs wonders. Basically, based on these five tracks, perhaps post-hardcore isn't the right genre for Cold Summer?
For the fans of: Quicksand, late 90s post-hardcore
Release date 16.01.2012