Aberdeen’s Cold Years have released a storming new single, Headstone.
The track finds the trio returning with a newfound dynamism, regaling vocalist Ross Gordon’s years of debauchery and all that comes with it.
Headstone is the first new material from the band since the release of their debut album, Paradise released September 2020. It is 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.
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.”
The accompanying video is “Super high energy, verging on total loss of control” explains Gorden “We wanted a music video to match. It’s also the first part in a trilogy based around adolescent growth and the pitfalls that surround it.”