Album Review: Cold Years - Paradise

With their debut studio album, 'Paradise', Aberdeen rockers Cold Years have channelled their pent-up frustration and anger at being part of a generation that has been "sold short" in a post-Brexit Britain.

You'd expect it would've be an easy task to unload their feelings into 13 tracks, however, Ross Gordon and co had heated arguments over the songs, which came after a period of serious upheaval in the Cold Years camp, with Gordon going through a divorce, moving flats and other personal issues within the band.

Gordon - who is joined in the quintet by guitarist Finlay Urquhart, bassist Louis Craighead and drummer Fraser Allan - explained: “There were heated arguments about the songs, because every single person was so engaged in the process. And that's a first for us. If we’d done it any other way or at any other time it wouldn’t have been the same, and more importantly, it wouldn’t have been as good.”

Cold Years have provided fans with a fist-pumping collection of anthemic guitar tunes, with equal measures of snarly vocals and harmony, and if it wasn't for Covid-19, we'd be singing along to every song from start to finish at the top of our lungs at a packed venue somewhere.

On '62 (My Generation’s Falling Apart)' Gordon snarls: “My generation is falling apart / and we were born without a chance / the fuse is blown / SOS."

Whilst anger is a persistent theme, Gordon also shows his vulnerable side on the pin-drop folky acoustic closer, 'Hunter'.

Elsewhere, 'Night Like This' sees the Scotsman own his flaws as he documents his awkwardness when it comes to dating.

'Breathe' does what it says on the tin, it's the four-piece breathing new life into the band after regrouping.

Just like Green Day's 'American Idiot', on which Billie Joe Armstrong's band channelled their anguish at the social dysfunction in America, Bush's ascendancy, as well as 9/11 and the Iraq War, Cold Years have written two political tracks on their album in 'Burn The House Down' and the aforementioned '62 (My Generation's Falling Apart)'.

Punk rock veterans Green Day set aside 'American Idiot' and 'Holiday' to vent about the political climate on their 2004 LP, 'American Idiot'.

What made the latter album so powerful is that it spoke to the masses, and Cold Years have given themselves a launching pad to become a voice of a generation just like their predecessors.

Rating: 8/10

For Fans Of: Green Day, IDLES

Release date: 04.09.20