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Cold Gawd announces ‘God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here’

Cold Gawd announces ‘God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here’
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Their Dais Records debut will be out on September 23rd. // Watch a music video for the album’s first single ‘Sweet Jesus Wept Shit’ now.

Cold Gawd is the flag under which California-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Wainwright creates stormy, wounded shoegaze music born of open tunings and R&B melodies. Inspired by these sounds, Cold Gawd presents a refined, modernized take on the genre. Today, Cold Gawd announce details for their Dais Records debut album, set for release on September 23rd. The group’s second collection, ‘God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here’, took shape in the winter of 2020 while Wainwright was working long solo shifts at a coffee shop in Chicago. Fueled by dreams of returning to his hometown of Rancho Cucamonga and reconnecting with old friends from past hardcore bands, Wainright holed up with his coveted pink Jazzmaster, an array of FX pedals, and a laptop, and wrote the entire album in a month. In March of 2021 he made the move, heading back west to the Inland Empire, where he booked sessions with Gabe Largaespada at Open Ocean to track and mix. Despite recording every instrument himself, the results have the lived-in feel of a practiced live band (which Cold Gawd now are, fleshed into a six-piece). Cascading walls of guitar churn, surge, and ripple, framed by sunken rhythms and Wainright’s distant, defeated voice, veiled in violet haze. Watch (+ share) the video for first single ‘Sweet Jesus Wept Shit’:

Video directed by Amanda Siegel. Cinematography by Benjamin Turner.

‘God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here’ tracklisting:

1. Sweet Jesus Wept Shit

2. You Should Be Fine Down There

3. On the Pale Silver Sofa

4. Two Iris Prints

5. Comfort Thug

6. Gin

7. You the Well

8. Passing Through Opposite of What it Approaches

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Wainwright cites the thematic common ground between shoegaze and R&B as a central muse, both obsessively fixated on love, lust, and longing, in forms alternately grandiose and minor key. Lyrically, the album sways between oblique and desperate, yearning and resigned – with the exception of ‘Comfort Thug’ a brooding, largely improvised spoken word piece inspired by the notable lack of black musicians in shoegaze. Cold Gawd is here to change that. ‘God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here’ channels malaise and melancholy into gauzy, galvanized anthems of escape, change, and introspection. The crushing closing cut ‘Passing Through The Opposite Of What It Approaches’ heaves and hovers like looming storm clouds, beneath which Wainright sings (and bandmate Arturo Ramirez screams) as close to a mission statement as the album offers: “leave what you know / and get grown / everyday / remember / why you left.”

Cold Gawd, live:

June 29 Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid Sunset

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Artist photo by: Devon Cohen.

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