Discover This: Cold Tide

Melbourne band Cold Tide have honed an infectious brand of rock that’s big on melody and will have their songs stuck in your head for days.

Their latest track Weightless, which was released in November, starts out with a cool little guitar lick over keyboards and distant backing vocals. It drops into a verse of engaging high-pitched vocals over flickering synth sounds. A little pre-chorus of “I’m out of breath, I’m barely hanging on, Still treading water, I’m just not sure where I’ve gone wrong, It’s getting harder to find my way” builds up to a big singalong chorus that drops into the cool opening guitars and backing vocals.

A second chorus is extended into a big rocky section that feeds into a final chorus to bring the track to an end. Check it out below:

That follows two singles, including their debut track Gravity, which features Luke’s big vocals in a big singalong chorus. Give it a listen below:

We had a chat with frontman Luke Steel to find out more about the band. Read on below…

GR: Who are Cold Tide?

LS: “We are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. After my previous band Built On Secrets broke up, I took a long hiatus from music but rediscovered my passion for music again in February 2018 and Cold Tide was formed.”

GR: You sent us Weightless to listen to. What should people be expecting from the song?

LS: “A good blend of melody with light and shade, with something they can sing along and relate to. Weightless describes the effects of anxiety and codependency in the form an unhealthy addiction when basing your happiness off the validation of others.”

GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?

LS: “Rock with pop hooks and lots of spacey reverb and delay.”

GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?

LS: “Music serves as an outlet for my moods, experiences whilst also being my therapist. Our key themes generally speak to the pressures of existing in this current period of history and the struggles that are entailed in our search for acceptance, love and validation.”

GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?

LS: “Jimmy Eat World, Further Seems Forever, Acceptance.”

GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?

LS: “2020 will definitely be a busier year for us, with at least two more singles lined up for release and potentially an EP towards the end of the year. We will also be focusing on also squeezing in some live shows in the process.”

GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?

We appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read this interview and check out our music and also a thank you to Gig Radar for the opportunity.

You can follow Cold Tide on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify and YouTube.

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