COLD READING - About To Release EP Trilogy, New Single "Through the Woods, Pt.1" Out Now

After a one-year break from playing shows, Swiss Alternative Rock band COLD READING are back with an extended line-up and ‘Part 1: Past Perfect’, the first installment of their EP trilogy to be released throughout the next months.

COLD READING, which now operates as a quintet after the addition of guitarist Alain Schurter, has spent the past year intensively working on new material. In October 2018 the band finally hit the studio to record the new songs with producer Jan Kerscher (Mutiny On The Bounty, The Intersphere, EF among others) at Ghost City Recordings in Germany.

The result is a three-part concept album, the parts of which will first be released as digital EPs and then also as a physical full-length album. The first EP is called "Part 1: Past Perfect" and will be released on May 24th via Berlin based label Krod Records.

The first single ‘Through the Woods, Pt.1’ was released in April, its title already alluding to the multiple part overall project.

Cold Reading - Through the Woods, Pt.1:

Part 1: Past Perfect:

In the first part, ‘Part 1: Past Perfect’, the human tendency to glorify the past and mourn missed opportunities is at the centre. The strong sense of romantic melancholy that accompanies remembering is captured by COLD READING on the first part of their album trilogy, where they tell tales about nostalgia wrapped in powerful and expressive compositions.

Singer Michael Portmann describes the lyrical content as follows:

"'Part 1: Past Perfect' is primarily about the past as such; the present remains purposely excluded. The lyrics should invite the listener to engage with their own melancholy and the ambivalence of this feeling. This fundamental human emotion is what I wanted to express in the songs on 'Part 1: Past Perfect'. Nostalgic feelings can be very comforting, but once they are at odds with reality and all its positive and negative facets, they can evolve into something dangerous."

The retrospection was retained tonally by recording all tracks with analogue devices and instruments. This consistent step gives the Past Perfect EP an unmistakable old-school touch. The raw, yet accessible songs draw from the sound of the late 90s/early 2000s Emo/Post-Hardcore movement, forming a seamless transition from the band’s previous EP ‘Sojourner’.

Tracklist - "Part 1: Past Perfect"

01. Through the Woods, Pt.1
02. Past Perfect
03. Mono No Aware
04. Escape Plan Blueprint / New Domain