June 24th, 2018-Austin, Texas
It was Sunday, the day of rest for most-but for Indie Network of Sound things were just about to get started. INoS entered the nebulous shelter of Barracuda Austin to synth out with Cold Cave. The word on the street was that Cold Cave was not to be missed. We are huge fans of their sound-especially their most recent EP, You & Me & Infinity. This was to be our first time rocking out with them live, and we were stoked.
It was a hot humid night in Austin, Texas. The venue was sold out cluttered with bodies wall to wall. The intense heat created a seductive feel. INoS nestled up front and center as we always do. Cold Cave emerged, and the venue went black as smoke began to fill the air. The eerie, new wave sound quickly began to own the crowd. Lead Singer Wes Eisold, one slick mofo-gave off a Trent Reznor vibe wearing his sunglasses at night. Chanting lyrical poetry over a deep synth keyboard. One song in and INoS knew this was something special. Eyes closed, time warped to a place buried deep down in our cortex. The streets of Detroit, mid 1980’s-a place we called The Shelter. Our “safe zone” a place where you could dance the night away forgetting about all the things in life that burden you-our beautiful place. Cold Cave took us to this special place. Joy Division, New Order, and The Sisters of Mercy all came to mind. The darkness was pure and relaxing. It’s so hard to describe the sensation, let’s just say it was surreal-You, Me, and Infinity-and it all made sense. Even with our eyes closed, we could feel the strobe light piecing our eye lids. Ascendancy-Cold Cave has taken over, and we no longer had control of our mind and/or our body. “Exotic Drinks, Strange Pills-Black love-filled with hate, filled with love - My heart is Immortal.” Sedated as we emerged into the darkwave trance. We breathed deeply as the music excursion continued.
In the end INoS felt rejuvenated with positive emotions. This is what music is all about, a therapeutic way to find yourself-our music therapy. The fresh sound of Cold Cave is not to be taken for granted. There is a reason their shows are selling out. It’s more than just a concert. It’s a fun, carefree experience. The music is nostalgic, yet so fresh. It’s truly a special gift when a band can transcend a crowd into their world. Cold Cave has tapped into something special. This concert has resonated for months and Indie Network of Sound can't reiterate how important it is to check out Cold Cave if you have the opportunity.