With that said, there are many bands (some of which might pop-up in the Bolt again) that are worth taking a look to see what they are doing. Cold Lungs is one of these interesting gems. These guys have been building up a strong presence in the scene, from their initial line up to their current noisy three-piece arrangement. Currently they have an EP out in their Band-camp called “Broken Head/ Broken Home” for free.
Q: How did you guys start playing as Cold Lungs? Tell us some of Cold Lungs’ history.
A: Cold Lungs started about a year ago, we played our first show in November of last year and started writing and jamming together a few months before that. We started as an idea between Justin and our original vocalist Myles to do something more melodic than projects we had previously been involved with. And then we got Zach, Ty, and our original bass player Graham involved because we were friends and all of us wanted to do something similar. We were offered a tour with our friends in Time’s Tide during July which caused some scheduling issues with Graham and Myles, so Justin switched from guitar to bass and the three remaining members all picked up some vocal duties; we started playing louder and we’re at where we’re at today.
Q: What would you say Cold Lungs sounds like? What is the band influenced by?
A: Our first EP sounds like we were all listening to a lot of Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, which is 100% accurate, and we were wearing our influences on our sleeves. The new stuff we are working on sounds quite a bit different, we have a lot of influences; but, this time we wrote a lot less around wanting to sound like something and more just what we wanted to write. The songwriting is a little more patient and it’s a lot noisier, but overall, we’re incredibly happy with what we’re doing.
Q: What are you aiming to do with your music? What do you have to offer to your audience?
A: I think most people who choose to spend a majority of their time making music are doing it (for lack of a better word) for selfish reasons, they do it for themselves. We aim to do something we enjoy and we get something out of, and when we play it live, it’s less of a “here, take this away from it” and more of “this is what we do, take from it what you will,” whether that be enjoyment, confusion, or just complete indifference.
Q: What can you tell us about the Edmonton hardcore scene?
A: It’s doing some amazing things. Disabler, Exits, Time’s Tide, BreakBeat, Lesserman, Ringleader, Failgiver, Lucid Skies…There are a ton of bands in Edmonton right now doing some great things, and we are just happy to be a part of it in any way. It’s in a way better place than it has been the past couple of years, and that is great to see. We’re also involved with the Big House Music Collective in Edmonton, which is basically a non-profit label run by a bunch of people involved in the local scene with the purpose to get people’s music out there from bands we love. And Canadian hardcore is in a great place too right now: Stepping Stone, No Blood No Foul and Wormwood from Saskatchewan, Open Letters, Anchoress and in all honest too many bands to mention in Vancouver – just all around great stuff going on.
Q: What about recording experience? What do you have going on in terms of releases?
A: We’re currently working on a new EP called “New Pictures/Old Frames;” as of right now we’re hoping to get it out in November, but we’re still figuring everything out with it, so a definite release date hasn’t been set. We’re all incredibly happy with it, it’s more in line with what we want to do right now and we’re hoping anyone who takes the time to listen will enjoy it too.
Q: How are things looking like for Cold Lungs in the future?
A: As good as they can be: the three piece thing is going to allow us to tour more frequently. We don’t plan all too far ahead, but all we can do is hope for the best and keep pushing forward.
Cold Lungs has two shows coming up: First, they are opening for Fall City Fall with Lesserman, Failgiver, and Disabler at The Armory, October 18th. Next, they are playing Clean Up Your Act Production’s Bands as Bands show as Retox, October 31st. Check them out on Facebook, and hey, swing by a show sometime.