Cold today has released its sixth studio album titled “The Things We Can’t Stop” via Napalm Records. In conjunction with the releases the band has released a cover version of the Snow Patrol song “Run.”
After a dormant two-year period, 2017 saw Ward turn his attention to Cold through once again surveying the events of an ever-changing journey and relying on the same internal compass responsible for his catalog thus far.
“I needed life to happen to be able to create,” he admits. “There were probably around 15 years where all I did was live and breathe the band. I needed to separate from that to remember what it was like to not have it anymore. It was extremely important for me to spend time with my family. I did experience writer’s block for the first time in my life during the process though. It was brutal, because the one thing I’ve always had—left me. It seemed the series of events in my life had taken away my soul. It turned around. I’ve remained adamant about evolving a bit with each record. Approaching every chapter as a new beginning is paramount and necessary for it to be a true Cold album.”
That’s exactly what he made with his 2019 debut for Napalm Records, “The Things We Can’t Stop.” In order to overcome the drought, he returned to his “alternative roots,” spinning favorite records from The National, Interpol, and Placebo in addition to reading musician biographies. Discovering Nick Cave’s One More Time With Feeling documentary proved eye-opening. Not only did he watch the film over twenty times and develop a deeper appreciation for the artist, but Ward credits “him for breaking my block.”
He recorded the album in multiple locations. Drums and bass would be cut in Phoenix with Jeremy Parker at Equinox Studios joined by Nick Coyle [guitar, keys, backing vocals], Lindsay Manfredi [bass], and Aaron Fulton [drums]. The rest of the material came to life at Ward’s home studio in California and in the woods of Pennsylvania at Nick’s.
“The Things We Can’t Stop” Tracklisting:
4. The Devil We Know
5. Run (Snow Patrol cover)
6. Better Human
7. Without You
8. Quiet Now
9. The One That Got Away
10. Systems Fail
11. Beautiful Life
12. We All Love