Back in the day, before you were even allowed to set foot in unwelcoming club The Chamber in Atlanta, it was crucial to make sure your dark synth pop knowledge was about as up to date as your black platforms and pleather outfit.
Descending into the dark cave-like room, you couldn’t help but to washed over by electronic sounds, all while pretending that the sporadic beats that fueled those swinging arms moves, actually represented a coherent song. Dark, synth-pop has always had its loyal followers, while the rest of the mainstream world couldn’t tell the difference between electronica and the latest Nokia ringtone.
Eisold (also known for his work in Give Up the Ghost) has recruited the help of Ian Dominick Fernow (Prurient) and Xiu Xiu protege Caralee McElroy, to form Cold Cave, and the band’s debut album, Love Comes Close has lived up to the task of sounding current while wearing their Joy Division/Depeche Mode influences on their sleeve.
With Casio drums and synth tones aplenty, Cold Cave’ s debut album is impressive not only because they fully embrace their gloom, but also because they allow those of us without a Hot Topic frequent shoppers card to “get” their multi-shaded music.