The Cold One Hundred: Exclusive Xpress Interview


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Days ahead of their headline slot at Factory 251 for the Xpress campaign launch night, The Cold One Hundred meet us at Bates Mill, Huddersfield to talk about the Xpress campaign, CALM, debut album plans and being referred to as ‘bookish.’ Photography by Danny Allison.

The Cold One Hundred are: Amory Neish-Melling (vocals), Jake Ward (guitar), Joshua Harper (guitar), Jacob Walker (bass) and Sam Dabrowski (drums).

It’s a chilly night and like most interviews, it’s all hand shakes and niceties until the kettle goes on. It’s a Monday after all. Bates Mill is a huge spinning mill and Base studio, top floor and home of Xpress photographer and art-director Danny Allison has been chosen as the location for the evenings photo shoot, featuring a pot of tea that was so much more than an ice breaker. We all crowd around a small coffee table in the centre of a huge open plan creative studio. We’re soon talking about music and the band’s origins.

Amory: “A lot of our interest in music comes from our parents. We all inherited our parent’s record collections. That’s certainly the biggest influence for me.”

Jacob: “We’ve all played in bands from relatively young ages. I think Jake (Ward) was about fourteen. We were all playing around Preston by the age of sixteen, on the small band circuit. It all started for The Cold One Hundred when Jake and Amory started at Salford Uni and would later meet Sam. They roped Josh and I in later on through mutual connections.”

Amory:

“Our musical influences have changed over the years. Jake (Ward) and I first had conversations about country; Glen Campbell. We were big Suede fans when we first met. David Bowie and Morrisey were key and then we started to branch out a little more.”

Jacob:

“We certainly started being a heavily nineties influenced band. That influence will always be there, but it’s about trying to be more diverse in our influences now. There’s more seventies and eighties about it and more recently, art rock has been interesting to us.”

Amory:

“It all started to sound a little like a pastiche. The culmination of all that work was supporting Brett Anderson and although great, we realised we had become the ultimate Brett Anderson support band.”

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Has the band’s sound evolved since then?

Jake:

“I don’t think we ever really thought about trying to write a pop hit. When we were writing ‘Hedonist’ and similar tracks, they just kind of…came out and we weren’t really aiming towards anything. We’re a little more conscious of that now.”

Jacob:

“I think the newer work, the new EP, has a completely different feel, so much so that we considered a name change and a re-launch. We didn’t see that through because we’re not so ashamed of the past two years that we would ditch it all and start again”

Jake:

“We don’t want to ruin our eight-hundred Facebook likes.”

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What else Inspires The Cold One Hundred?

Josh:

“I think we’re all fairly well read.”

Jacob:

“Literature has never been a massive thing…”

Amory:

“A lot of reviewers like to throw around the word ‘bookish’. The Guardian used that one.”

Sam:

“I think that’s a subconscious thing, we’ve never deliberately played up to it.”

Josh:

“I think films are important to our work too.”

Jake:

“Flubber?”

Josh:

“There’s a new song on the EP called ‘Marilyn.’

Amory:

“There’s always been a hint of faded glamour about it, that typifies the song about Marilyn Monroe.”

Jacob:

“I suppose that applies to Hedonist too. Film stars of old and all that…”

Amory:

“The tragedy of lost youth.”

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Is personal expression something that The Cold One Hundred practice through their work?

Jacob:

“Our work is a massive outlet and I don’t know what I’d do without it. There’d always be something else, I just don’t know what.”

Amory:

“A lot of it is just taking the mickey out of ourselves. It’s definitely a way to vent.”

Jake:

“Absolutely, I honestly don’t know what else I’d be doing, I really don’t. It’s simply a massive part of my life.”

Jacob:

“Arts wise, I’d always find something else, because I have to. I’d probably write, it just happens that the band is the focus of that.”

Josh:

“I’d be working on an oil rig.”

What does the Xpress campaign and the work of CALM mean to the band?

Jacob:

“We’ve never done any charity work as a band and this struck a chord with all of us. As young lads, you know so many people who go through tough times and it’s something that’s close to home. When I read the statistics about young suicides it shocked me. It’s not something that is given a lot of media attention and that should be massive.”

The Cold One Hundred headline Factory 251, Manchester on Saturday 9th March as part of the Xpress campaign launch gig and will appear on Xpress: The Album in the summer. They are currently finishing the band’s new EP.

 


Written by: Ben Tallon


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