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Cold World

05.09.2008 | KYS-Cam | 0 Comments
Cold World Pennsylvanian hardcore kids Cold World are set to unleash their Deathwish debut later this month, and I have no doubt it’s going to make a lot of readers top ten lists for the year.

Nick Woj (Drums) was cool enough to answer the following questions...
Interview w/ Cold World (USA)

By Cameron Chambers 

Can you please tell us your name, what you do in the band and what exactly does "Cold World" mean? 

My name's Nick Woj. I play drums and do other duties in the band. Cold World means that shit's real in the field.   

You haven't had much press here in Australia, so can you give us a bit of a run down on how the band got together, your current members, what you're doing at the moment etc… 

Alex, Dan and I were in a band called Magnus years ago. We were a Youth Crew style band. Me and Alex did little things here and there, but it was a while since we were in a band that we had creative input in so we decided to scratch the itch. We've had many lineup up changes but us three are the permanent members. Scace from Mental/Righteous Jams is our second and last bassist and Haroun from RZL DZL is our new second guitar player (and hopefully our last).  

A lot of bands sit around and wait for labels and managers to help them out, but you guys released "Ice Grillz" in 2005 and hit the road for close to twelve months. How important was it for you to strike out and go it alone? 

Actually "Ice Grillz" was released by Lockin Out Records and that was our second ep. The debut ep was released by our friend Bobb Mac's label "Walk All Night". He put out stuff by Blacklisted, Think I Care and One Up.  

What was your initial reaction when Deathwish came knocking after only twelve months? 

It was more like 2 years and they didn't knock so much. Our friends in Blacklisted put it in their ear that we were looking for a label to do our LP with because Greg wasn't going to do Lockin Out as a serious label anymore so they gave us an offer. We were also talking to 1917 Records and we wanted to find a way to work with both labels so we released "No Omega" on 1917, which was everything we did to that point (minus the song from the "Generations" comp) and a DVD of us fooling around on tour and in the studio. It was cool to know that Deathwish was interested in us because they're one of the few major players as far as hardcore labels go right now.   

To mark your signing with Deathwish in 2006, the label randomly sent out 500 copies of a limited press 7 inch, featuring one new Cold World song. That's a pretty inventive way of getting the band's name out there, who's idea was it? 

I'm pretty sure it was Tre from Deathwish's idea. I'm a vinyl enthusiast so I want to be on as many pieces of vinyl as possible so I was obviously down with it. We knew it would be a while until we got the LP ready but at the same time we were demo'ing material for it, so we decided to put one of the demo's out on vinyl to hold people over.  

Looking forward, your Deathwish debut "Dedicated To Babies That Came Feet First" is set to drop in a couple of weeks. Can you tell us about the writing and recording process? How did it come about that Billy from Biohazard produced and engineered the album? 

It took very long for the LP to be finished in it's entirety. We wrote the songs here and there, and mostly put stuff together during the demo sessions. Alex and I would have ideas for riffs and parts, and I would have lyrics so we'd put stuff together and see how it'd fit. I also had a few complete songs in my head, I just needed Alex to make them into real music and not "jud-jud"s and "jent jent"s. Working with Billy was cool because obviously Biohazard is a huge influence on our sound. We were originally going to record with Kurt from Converge but he was really busy at that time with touring. We wanted to try a place that nobody we know recorded at before because a lot of the time you can tell where something was recorded just by listening to it. That can be a good thing and a bad thing, so we decided to avoid it all together and work with an influence.  

Who are some of Cold World's key influences, musical or otherwise? 

Cold World is influenced by so many different genres and bands that it's hard to say really. I've taken ideas from techno songs and made riffs from them. Some of the bands that we took cues from on this album are Dinosaur Jr., the Stone Roses and Portishead. There's loads more but I don't want to reveal any secrets! There's also the obvious stuff like hip-hop, Life Of Agony, Metallica, and NYHC.  

Do you think Billy's presence on the record had an impact on the songs as well as the quality of the recording, ie: did he have much of a role in the writing and arranging? 

Outside of the overall sound, he had no impact on songwriting. Almost all of the songs were demo'd and they didn't really change at all. He would help me and Alex with our vocal parts and he had a lot of hand in how some guitar parts were played but he definitely didn't arrange anything.  

How do you think the your sound has developed and progressed since your earlier recordings? 

Our goal was to make song parts more extreme without compromising the song itself. Some hardcore band's songs just sound like a bunch of parts put together. Although that's literally how some of our songs are written, we make sure it doesn't sound like it. The earlier stuff was definitely more straightforward hardcore while the new stuff is a little more dynamic. We're definitely still a hardcore band though. There's no doubt about that.  

The album title is definitely a little strange, what does it mean? 

It's a line that Ghostface says in a Raekwon song and it always struck a chord with me. "Babies who came feet first" just means kids who maybe had things a little harder or were on their own from a young age.   

Deathwish releases are always a total package in that the artwork compliments the music. What's the go with the cover for "Dedicated To Babies…"? 

The photographs used for the cover were taken by our friend's dad in Wilkes-Barre during the 70's. We couldn't think of better imagery to use than fucked up old people and young bad ass kids in Wilkes-Barre.   

You guys have shows booked up until the end of August, what have you got planned after that? Is an Australian tour on the cards at all? 

We really want to go to Austrailia and Japan. I will do anything to make that happen. I need some kangaroo action in my life.  

Who are some bands that you think kids should be checking out if they aren't already? 

As far as hardcore goes, check out Rhythm to the Madness, Bad Seed, True Colors,  Trapped Under Ice, Early Birds, World Collapse and Let Down. I'm sure there's others that I'm forgetting.  

Your most embarrassing onstage experience? 

Aw man, I dunno. Probably one of our first show's with our old second guitar player, Party Boy, when he tried to get everybody to clap along to a part.  

Best show that you've ever attended as a fan? 

Probably Morrissey at the Apollo or Cro-Mags at CBGB. I'm about to see My Bloody Valentine next month so hopefully that'll take the number one spot!    

Any parting words? 

I don't remember what it was called but I saw a movie that took place in Australia and the one dude in it owned a shrimp cart. It was like an RV that sold shrimp. I hope Australia's full of shrimp carts when I come there.

For more info on Cold World head to the bands Myspace page.