Sunday night at Deaf Institute and the stage is set, the room filling with eager 
ticket holders here to see none other than Cold Cave. A very intimate space for an
artist whose music is powerful and captivating- a perfect setting to appreciate the
atmosphere of each track. I wouldn’t say the room was packed or majorly busy but a
good solid turnout to see the US act.
Cold Cave is front man Wesley Eisold with his band mates playing keys and 
providing backing vocals. Elaborate electronic, synth heavy music that sounds like it
could be an act from the mid Eighties. The act is sometimes referred to as the “Dark 
side of New Wave”.
Just as the show was about to begin an alarm went off. Poor guy, I thought. Just as 
he’s about to begin his set we have to evacuate. Well no actually, it was just a good 
old-fashioned “technical fault” with the keyboard that went on embarrassingly too 
long. Not the best of starts or introductions to his stage entrance. To be honest, I think 
this glitch through Eisold’s focus a bit. He didn’t seem to get into his stride for the 
first 4 or so tracks. “Confetti” was a great number to lift the crowd. It was only after 
twenty minutes or so Eisold truly got into his groove and performed like an electrosynth master. Dressed head to toe in his signature black uniform; he captivated the 
crowd with his moves and haunting voice. It felt intense, dark and eerily sinister. But 
not too much to the point where them music excludes you. More like the wave of 
power the music holds brings you in. His tracks nearly all had a tainted melancholy to 
them. Think Joy Division for our generation. 
With each track he got more confident with his surroundings and fed off the audience 
who ate every beat pouring out of the music. Other stand out tracks of the night 
include “A Little Death To Laugh”, “Meaningful Life” and personal favourite synth 
heavy treat “God Made The World”. There wasn’t any mention or exclusive plays 
of new material from upcoming LP “Sunflowers”. Mainly material from last album, 
the nostalgic themed “Cherish The Light Years”. If you haven’t heard it before, make 
sure you get on YouTube now for a route through the music, as the tracks are sublime.
Cold Cave have performed in glorious Manchester several times now and I’m sure 
after the reaction this devoted audience gave there will be many more to come. Keep
an eye out for their music as with each album they get more coverage and more
followers. Rightly deserved.
Tom Frodsham

Review by Tom Frodsham

Sunday night at Deaf Institute and the stage is set, the room filling with eager 
ticket holders here to see none other than Cold Cave. A very intimate space for an
artist whose music is powerful and captivating- a perfect setting to appreciate the
atmosphere of each track. I wouldn’t say the room was packed but there was a
good solid turnout to see the US act.

Cold Cave is front man Wesley Eisold, with his band mates playing keys and 
providing backing vocals. Elaborate electronic, synth heavy music that sounds like it
could be an act from the mid Eighties. The act is sometimes referred to as the “Dark 
side of New Wave”.

Just as the show was about to begin an alarm went off. Poor guy, I thought. Just as 
he’s about to begin his set we have to evacuate. Well no actually, it was just a good 
old-fashioned “technical fault” with the keyboard that went on embarrassingly too 
long. Not the best of starts or introductions to his stage entrance. To be honest, I think 
this glitch threw Eisold’s focus a bit. He didn’t seem to get into his stride for the 
first 4 or so tracks. “Confetti” was a great number to lift the crowd. It was only after about 
twenty minutes that Eisold truly got into his groove and performed like an electrosynth master.

Dressed head to toe in his signature black uniform, he captivated the 
crowd with his moves and haunting voice. It felt intense, dark and eerily sinister; but 
not to the point where the music excludes you. More like the wave of 
power the music holds brings you in. His tracks nearly all had a tainted melancholy to 
them. Think Joy Division for our generation. 

With each track he got more confident with his surroundings and fed off the audience 
who ate every beat pouring out of the music. Other stand out tracks of the night 
include “A Little Death To Laugh”, “Meaningful Life” and personal favourite synth 
heavy treat “God Made The World”. There wasn’t any mention or exclusive plays 
of new material from upcoming LP “Sunflowers”. Mainly material from the last album, 
the nostalgia themed “Cherish The Light Years”. If you haven’t heard it before, make 
sure you get on YouTube now for a route through the music, as the tracks are sublime.

Cold Cave have performed in glorious Manchester several times now and I’m sure 
after the reaction this devoted audience gave there will be many more to come. Keep
an eye out for their music as with each album they get more coverage and more
followers. Rightly deserved.

Cold Cave performed at The Deaf Institute on 11th August 2013.  The show was promoted by Now Wave

 

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