Instrumental post-rock that throws in a few curveballs.
Coldbones are a cut above the majority of the postrock rabble, incorporating technical and progressive elements into the well-trodden ground of instrumental post-rock.
When asked about influences, bassist Nick Suchak shrugs. “I think a lot of people expect us to have a lot of instrumental influences, but I didn’t actually know about instrumental music until I joined the band, or until the guys came to me with the music,” he explains. “I think it’s the same for them: they just wanted to write music and were instrumental because none of them could sing, and from that we discovered this whole world of instrumental bands. So the influences that have grown on us would be bands like Russian Circles, Mogwai, God Is An Astronaut, which are all quite heavy.”
A key element of Coldbones’ sound is their emphasis on strong hooks and dynamic breaks that keep the songs flowing. On record, at least part of this is due to their collaboration with producer Ian Sadler.
“With all our previous bands, we’ve always gone to him, so we’ve got a good relationship,” says Suchak. “We definitely see him as kind of a fourth member. Not because he writes a lot, but because the kind of ideas that he brings to the production help us create something we’ve got in our heads that we might not be able to express just by writing something.”
The band got started when guitarist Jordan Gilbert and drummer Max Parr began working together, and initially Suchak was brought in to help with their videos – like first single Maeve. When a shuffle in band members resulted in a vacant bass position, Suchak was asked to come out from behind the camera and get involved.
“When the band first started, I wasn’t actually in the band,” he explains.“Max and Jordie met up one day and were like, ‘Let’s just write some songs,’ and that’s pretty much where the first EP came from: a few practises of playing about. Max and I have been in bands for as long as I can remember – probably from our first ever band when we were about 10.”
Debut album Where It All Began was very much Gilbert’s baby, as Suchak explains: “He had quite a lot of ideas that he’d built up over time.”
This meant Gilbert taking the lead on song ideas before bringing them to the rest of the band.“He wrote a lot of the album, but it wouldn’t be what it is now without all of us,” Suchak muses.
On newer material, this dynamic has begun to change. “We’ve all got full time jobs, apart from myself, as I freelance as a videographer now,” Suchak says. “I’ve got a bit more time, and I think moving forward Jordie’s had a bit less time to write stuff, so I’ve kind of taken that on board. Same as the last album, it takes one riff to then get everyone bringing ideas and creating stuff from it. It’s definitely a team effort, not a single-man writing process.” al
“IT’S DEFINITELY A TEAM EFFORT, NOT A SINGLEMAN WRITING
JORDAN GILBERT MAX PARR NICK SUCHAK“I DIDN’T ACTUALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC…” COLDBONES ARE CARVINGTHEIR OWN NICHE.