I Am The Cold Man
Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Tom from I Am The Cold Man find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Tom Harrison (vocals, piano, keyboard, trumpet), Michael Dale (vocals, guitar, piano). We met in 2014 while studying for a masters in Radio Production in Bournemouth. The name is an anagram of 'Tom and Michael'.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Our influences growing up are many and varied. We were both classically trained, and variously listened to folk, jazz, classical, and prog rock among others. In terms of artists that influence us now, we cite Sufjan Stevens, Anais Mitchell, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, and The Staves.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound fits into the modern folk scene focuses on vocal harmonies, over often quite sparse instrumentation. We like to employ innovative rhythms and unusual time signatures, along with evocative and mysterious lyrics.
What’s your local music scene like?
London has a great local scene. There's always lots of gigs going on, whether we're playing or watching. We have lots of friends close by to collaborate with and share ideas.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our EP, 'A Winters Night' launched at the end of May, and we've just released a video for our single 'Embers' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_-GJ-l9Awo), so for the foreseeable future, we'll be playing gigs around London to support them! We're also focusing on making a radio show/podcast about song writing, interviewing local songwriters and musicians and delving into their creative processes.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Any of the influences I mentioned before would be an absolute dream!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
In our early days of performing in London we had a few unbelievably shambolic live performances. I remember one, where, first, a guy knocked my keyboard of its stand as he walked past the stage to go to the toilet, mid song, then in another song, my keyboard pedal fell of the stage, and finally during the encore (goodness knows why we got one), one of Michael's strings broke on the first chord. We found out afterwards, that some funk music had also been playing through some of the speakers, along with us for the entire gig!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We're trying to bring something new a genre that's very rooted in tradition, and if that sounds like something they'd be into, our EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, and keep an eye out for our live shows in and around London!