COLD­BONES

In­stru­men­tal post-rock that throws in a few curve­balls.

Prog - - Limelight -

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

PROCESS.”

JOR­DAN GIL­BERT MAX PARR NICK SUCHAK“I DIDN’T AC­TU­ALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT IN­STRU­MEN­TAL MU­SIC…” COLD­BONES ARE CARV­INGTHEIR OWN NICHE.

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