If you haven’t heard of band Cold black yet, then you are about to be introduced. This hard rock quintet from Denmark is quickly taking the music world by storm, with 3 popular music videos on YouTube, over six thousand Facebook fans, a four track EP on iTunes and a brand new one about to drop. They might be Cold Black, but they’ve only begun to bring the heat and prove why they’re the newest buzz worthy band to watch:
Examiner: Tell us a little bit about how you all became a band?
Martin: First off, looking through the questions, I wanna tell you how nice it is to see an interviewer who does some serious research.
So Cold Black started out almost 2 years ago. Vic and Alex are brothers and I am their cousin, so we’ve always had a close relationship and have always played music together. We’ve played in bands together before. Back then Vic was a drummer though. But this time around we decided to start something up for fun and just see where it went. We recruited another guitarist and Jamal on drums. As the band was getting more and more serious, within a few months it became clear to us that the other guitarist didn’t want the same things as us and we decided to part ways. Knowing that Vic’s brother Alex was an excellent guitarist, it was pretty obvious who would step in and fill the role. And that has been the line-up ever since.
E: Your EP From Scratch is available on iTunes right now; is there an album in the works? What can fans expect to see from you guys in the near future?
M: These are exciting times for Cold Black, as we just returned home from a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, USA. We went there to record a 5-track EP with the help of DJQ Artist Management’s Terry Coughlin. We had an amazing time, and thanks to producer Tony Gammalo we recorded 5 awesome tracks that we’re all very proud of. The style is a bit heavier than our old stuff, but still with the melodic edge that we love. The tracks are being mixed and mastered at the moment and we’re hoping for an early August release. It’s gonna be sick and everybody owes it to themselves to pick up the EP on iTunes. Of course it will also be available for free streaming on Youtube and Spotify.
E: According to your Facebook page, you have yet to sign with a record label. Is that still true?
M: That is true; we’re currently weighing our options.
E: In your music video for A Song Unsung, you make use of body paint. Is that something that you use all the time and how did you come up with that idea?
M: Yeah. We use war paint for every video shoot (since we came up with it) photo shoot and live show. It’s a little extra work every time, but we really like the look of it and it kinda sets us apart from a lot of the other bands, so we think it’s worth the time and effort. Of course we didn’t come up with it out of nowhere. We listen to and look at bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, Misfits, Black Veil Brides, Motionless In White and many more. Those are all bands that use some kind of paint, make-up or just insane stage clothes to create an interesting visual aspect to their image. We wanted to do exactly that too. We wanted people to have a true feeling of being part of something unique every time they go to see a live show with us. We wanna give them the great music that we’ve worked hard to write, along with something exciting to look at and also paired with some insane energy and performance.
E: I also want to ask you about the Fatal World video because it seems to have a very different feel from both A Song Unsung as well as your other video To Breath Under Water. Was that something that you planned, to go in another direction or was it just the band naturally evolving?
M: Definitely natural evolution. When we started the band we had no clear direction in which we were going. We just knew what we wanted to do, but not exactly how to do it. That is actually exactly what the lyrics to the song The Vision are about.
E: Victor, you play bass and handle vocals as well. Let’s touch on that for a minute, because you don’t see it that often (with exception to a few bands, I know Slayer is one). How did you make that decision?
Well, actually it was because we couldn’t find a bass player in the beginning.
So I really had no choice.
E: Jamal isn’t with us at the moment but I still wanted to ask about a tattoo that he has at the top of his rib cage. Does it say Jimi Hendrix?
M: I can answer that for him. Yes, yes it does. Jamal is a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix. Well, actually we all are.
E: You mentioned before taking the trip to Cleveland, and you did a lot of cool stuff like going to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Was this your first time here?
M: Yeah. We did do a lot of cool stuff and had tons of fun. Rock And Roll Hall of Fame was amazing. For me it was the second time in the US. I was in New York City a few years back. For the other guys it was their first time.
Alex: And we loved it!
E: It’d be great to see Cold Black do an American tour. Any particular bands that you’d want to work go out with?
M: We’re not really picky. As long as the band is composed of nice guys, we’d wanna work with them. But obviously, the bigger the band, the more exposure we get. And that’s exactly what we want. We want as many people as possible to listen to our music and hopefully a great percentage of them are gonna like what they hear. But of course it has to fit the genre too, so I’d say I would love to open for bands like Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White or Pierce The Veil. That would just be f***ing epic.
V: And yes, it would be awesome to do an American tour. We are kinda working on making it happen, but we can’t say anymore at this point.
E: I like to end on a random question. What kind of cheese do you like?
M: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Cheddar… lots of different kinds. No Bleu Cheese though, yuck!
A: I’m not the biggest fan of strong cheese, but I really like Mozzarella and Cheddar.
V: I HATE cheese!