The Cold Head Story
The Cold Head began in the year 2007 - initially as a recording project in a home studio - somewhere in Acton, London, UK. Doug Stephens nurtured the project with help from long time musical associates Brendan Shelly on keyboards, vocals and songwriting and Bryan Evans on bass, production, guitar and lots of other stuff.
The very first songs of The Cold Head canon - circa 2007 - were: ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’, ‘The Good Room’, ‘Spies Like Us’ (Stephens / Shelly) and ‘School of Americas’. Sufficiently encouraged with the results of the initial recordings the project continued on and off for a decade or so. Eventually a live performing band emerged in 2014.
The Cold Head’s first gig came on a very windy Valentine's Day night in 2014 (14.2.14) at The Constitution - a pub in Camden. It was the first gig for the band and a comeback gig for some of the musicians involved. The line up for this gig was: Bryan Evans on bass / Doug Stephens on guitar and vocals / Marco Cristaudo - drums and backing vocals / Bella Levina - backing vocals. It would be possible to name most of the audience too as it was an intimate venue - compact and bijou - a folk club vibe. The microphones were giving off nasty electric shocks but, unwisely, the show went on. As shows do. There is some video footage of the gig.
Brendan Shelly (formerly of Light a Big Fire, Spiral Scratch, Chrome Yellow, Small Time Wonderful) joined the band on keyboards / vocals for a couple of years - 2014/16.
The line up changed to a 3 piece in 2016 with Doug Stephens / Marco Cristaudo - drums and vocals / Evgeny on bass. Evgeny did a couple of gigs and then Kosmas Mylon joined - on bass and vocals.
The band has gigged regularly since 2014 and are just gearing up for 2018.
Bella went on to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a song which I thought was too good for the ESC! Marco is still with the band.
The Cold Head have been accused of sounding a bit like Talking Heads. Doug Stephens commented ‘I've been accused of worse’.
The first album by the band ‘Music To Cry To’ (produced by Bryan Evans) was recorded at Outback Studio between July and December 2017 and a strategy is now being hatched to promote the album. There have been a few radio plays so far and the popular favourite - which is therefore the single - is ‘Let’s Move to the Uplands’. The music videos for the band are created by Paul Battenbough a Cardiff based artist / musician and his latest work is for the single. Paul also contributes songwriting skills on some songs and sessions on guitar, bass and keyboards and superb backing vocals.
The Cold Head play art pop rock - machine ska - progressive pop rock with a little hip-rock-hop thrown in - maybe a touch of pop rock. All with an arty twist.
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