Aberdeen’s Cold Years have announced a UK headline tour for this November and December.
The five-date run sees the band kick off in Newcastle, before shows in London, Bridgend and Birmingham, finishing up in their native Scotland at Edinburgh’s Mash House.
Last week, the band returned with storming new single, Headstone, a song that finds the trio with a newfound dynamism, regaling vocalist Ross Gordon’s years of debauchery and all that comes with it.
Speaking of the song, Gordon shares, “I really had a tough time of it a while back, and I was partying too hard. This song really opens that up and exposes the vulnerability that comes with growing up. It kind of peaks and troughs between the highs of being up, and the lows that come crashing into you the next day, and the guilt associated with that. It’s like – if I keep doing this, I’ll die. I’ll die too young, and I don’t want that to happen. So, I need to get my head in the game and calm it down.”
“It feels like forever we’ve had to wait to take these songs on the road and these intimate shows are the perfect setting for us to reconnect with a live audience. We’ve been working hard on making sure that these are going to be the best Cold Years shows yet and it’s super exciting to finally play a lot of the songs from Paradise, as well as some brand new songs, live for the first time.” Says the band, regarding the tour. Tickets are on sale now from the usual online ticket agents.
This will likely include Headstone which is the first new material from the band since the release of their debut album, Paradise (September 2020), a sarcastic snarl aimed at the band’s remote hometown – that burst from the speakers with a ‘clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose spirit. Echoing the infamous, despairing “it’s shite being Scottish” rant made by protagonist Renton in Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel, Trainspotting, The near-nihilistic take on the town where Gordon was born went further still, almost three decades and a generation later.