Drifting on a raspy sea, burning a fire of passion-filled drive beneath the coals of lyrics, Cold Specks takes listeners on a journey through the pale, weary thoughts of a thirsty heart.
After playing a few sets in London, Cold Specks realized “people got interested.” People must have been interested in the way the lyrics are carried by Al Spx’s soul-filled vibrato or how there is a subtle conversation between the guitar, percussion, violin and more.
Beginning with roots in England’s music scene, Cold Specks released a debut single, “Holland,” on October 17, 2011. The release of the debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, on May 21, 2012, created even more waves.
Whether Cold Specks’ style is described as Southern gospel-inspired goth grunge or pseudo-goth rock, Cold Specks says, “I don’t categorize my music. I’m sure a lot of people have called it a lot of things… a rowdy crowd is all I ask for.”
And sometimes, it’s a rowdy crowd Cold Specks gets. Spx recalls a time when, “Four corrections officers in Victoria had to escort me around a venue once. They were concerned about someone in the area and didn’t think I was safe. I had a wonderful time.”
Experiencing wonderful times anywhere from British Columbia, Canada to London, England, Cold Specks is proud to say, “The biggest accomplishment is that I have a career in music and can live off of doing what I love. This is what I am most proud of.”
The Calgary Folk Music Festival is ready to open its arms to embrace the subtleties lacing through the undulating curls and curves of Cold Specks’ music.
Cold Specks will take the stage as part of the Calgary Folk Fest, from July 25 to 28.
By Amanda TaylorAB, Alberta