Cold Specks announces debut single ‘Holland’


“Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness” Ulysses, James Joyce

Cold Specks release their debut single ‘Holland’ through paradYse Records, the new Transgressive imprint, on 17th October.

Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios and mixed at Sub Bubble, the single features tracks ‘Holland’ and ‘Old Stepstone’ and will be available on 7” and as a download. Cold Specks have announced a single launch show at The Lexington on day of release. The band, who will appear at Jimmy’s Farm Festival on 11th September, have been confirmed as main support to Howling Bells on their UK tour next month.

Sun 11th                    Ipswich                                   Jimmy’s Farm Festival
Weds 14th                Portsmouth                            Wedgewood Rooms *
Thurs 15th                London                                   Electric Ballroom *
Fri 16th                     Sheffield                                 The Plug *
Sun 18th                   Leeds                                      Cockpit *
Mon 19th                  Glasgow                                  Oran Mor *
Tues 20th                 Manchester                            Academy 3 *
Mon 17th                  London                                   The Lexington

* supporting Howling Bells

Cold Specks is 23-year-old Al Spx from Etobicoke, Canada, who now lives in London. Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chaingang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

“My little brother, who was spending his summers with our mother in Toronto, had always told me of this girl he was friends with that had this amazing voice,” recalls Cold Specks’ manager, Jim Anderson. “As a producer I’d heard that so often that I didn’t take too much notice. Then I came in one night to find him and a few friends drinking in the flat and playing a CD of her demos. I was completely transfixed and just kept pressing repeat. I knew I had to work with her. I eventually persuaded her to come over. At that point she had never played with another musician and was completely self-taught with her own unique tuning and timings, which we had to decipher.”

“Jim convinced me to fly out and work on the record for a few months,” explains Al Spx. “That was a year and a half ago. I guess I’m permanently based here now. I didn’t know anyone when I moved here. We needed musicians and Jim knew a bunch. Producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi) has been helping out with some arrangements and percussion and Jim’s old friends Pete Roberts (guitar), Thomas Greene (piano) and Tom Havelock (cello) also play on the record. It’s almost finished. We’re off to Monnow Valley this month to complete it.”

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.