California’s Cold Showers’ third album ranges through a tasty menu of modernised goth and post punk notions reminiscent of New Order and their disciples. The rolling rumbling bass and inventive electro keeps the listeners interest for the full duration.

No track name is spent on the Untitled intro, but radio commentary, sirens and sparse sounds sets the listener up nicely for the direction of travel, into Tomorrow Will Come’s bass driven sound-scape with simple clever electronic and guitar rhythms and accompanying under-stated vocals. Later, our stand out track, Faith ups the tempo with electronic rhythms cleverly over-laid with doom infused guitar and takes-on a dark dance-floor vibe.

‘Our stand out track, Faith ups the tempo with electronic rhythms cleverly over-laid with doom infused guitar and takes-on a dark dance-floor vibe.’

With Shine Cold Showers show off their pop credentials with the tracks up-beat direction, guitar, horns and backing vocals carefully held together with strong but subtle bass. The first single, Dismiss won us over ahead of the full length release with an oddly successful stilted timing, graduating into an addictive goth pop number.

The first single, Dismiss wins us over with an oddly successful stilted timing, graduating into an addictive goth pop number.’

Some tracks are plainly more referential, such as Measured Man, bringing back the growling bass with guitar layers and Cure-esque piano counter-points neatly knitted-in around introspective vocal themes. And Motionless delicately reminds us of New Order numbers and Sinking World of the cutting guitar sounds from the likes of The Killers, Interpol or Editors.

‘Motionless delicately reminds us of New Order numbers and Sinking World of the cutting guitar sounds from the likes of The Killers, Interpol or Editors.’

Sidewalk’s female vocal brings a new welcome touch to refresh the album, with a lighter fresh note as a counter-point the ever-present dark base. And, we end on While Everyday On My Head’s heart-strung strings and piano, leaving us on a melancholy note, as if to re-affirm Cold Showers’ goth cred.

Motionless is a well written and skilfully crafted work reverent to the foundations of its genre. That said, it might split opinions. Some would be forgiven for finding some tracks too derivative and lacking originality, but this may trouble new-comers far less. Best not ask Peter Hook!

7/10

Words: David Murray

 

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