LOUDER REVIEWS: 'Paradise' - Cold Years
This year especially there is a sense of anger amongst young people, perhaps even helplessness due to the state of the world. Aberdeen quartet Cold Years has expertly used this feeling of unease in their debut album ‘Paradise’, creating anthems that will speak to their generation.
Opener ‘31’ starts off the album with a beautiful acoustic track that showcases frontman Ross Gordan’s gritty vocals, but adds an edge with lyrics such as “outside the world falls apart all the while”. This leads into an eruption of guitars, that destroys any idea this is going to be an album that only touches on heartbreak, but one where a group of young musicians say they’ve had enough. Themes of politics, divorce, alcohol (just to name a few) are tied together by "an ongoing narrative about how fucked everything is at the moment" says Gordan. These edgier themes in 'Paradise' give an almost punk edge to the bands northern sound, particularly in track ‘Burn the House Down’, which perfectly highlights the bands' spirit and passion for creating the album.
Although having a pessimistic pop-punk “I hate this town” feeling ’62 (My Generation’s Falling Apart)’ adds political commentary to the album. "My generation’s falling apart" is something today’s youth can strongly relate to, and perhaps in a way this gives a sense of hope by showing that we all feel helpless together.
Ending the album on another acoustic song, 'Hunter' is about a breakup, and creates a sense of longing, which when taking the rest of the album into account could be for a better and brighter future. Cold Years have managed to create a story of a millennial in 2020, whilst at the early stages of their own musical journey. A journey that is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Paradise is out now - stream the album here
Check out the video for 'Night Like This' here: