Cold Comforts, the interview

Can you provide a brief history of the band and its formation?

“We (Cold Comforts) are an Alt Rock band based in Manchester that formed after meeting at university at the RNCM. Put together by guitarist/vocalist Kieran Murphy in an attempt to escape from behind the drums and write his own songs for once, he is joined by James Cooke, Imogen Shortall and Jacob Bentley. The name Cold Comforts is coined by Imogen and drawn from the Stella Gibbons novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932), which parodies the romanticised accounts of rural life that were popular at the time.”

Please describe when and how each member became a part of the project and why.

“The project was originally just a collection of songs I (Kieran) had written with no purpose but they seemed to all be linked stylistically. I had always wanted to front a band and so took this as an opportunity to try something new. I asked the rest of the band to come jam some of the songs and the rest is history.”

Which famous musicians inspired you to become a musician and why?

“Dave Grohl has been a constant influence on me both as a musician and also as a person. You don’t have to be a dick to be successful.”

What first got you into music?

“Probably my family. And my friends needed a drummer in their first band so I lied and said I could play.”

What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far?

“As a band? Finding good food to eat on the road so we don’t feel like shit.”

What do you enjoy most about being a musician?

“The people you meet.”

What do you hate most?

“How could I hate being a musician, it’s the fucking best.”

What are each of your favorite pieces of personal gear you like to use on stage and why?

“I don’t really have much gear so it’s not that exciting. James has a coodercaster he built which sounds insane though.”

What is your creative process like?

“I normally start with a rough voice recording on my phone of a small idea. I’ll then take that and make a demo of it on my laptop. I’ll show the demo to the guys and they input their ideas and personalities into the track. We repeat this until the song is finished. Recording normally brings out new ideas too.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

“I think Marshall Vore. Or perhaps Adrianne Lenker.”

If you could go play a show with any artist who would it be?

“Courtney Barnett, she is a songwriting genius.”

What is one message you would give to your fans?

“If you’re a fan, you are the fucking best.”

What is the most useless talent you have?

“I can do a pretty good Wookie impression.”

Do you sing in the shower?

“Of course.”

What songs?

“Any song by Phoebe Bridgers.”

Where have you performed?

“Around the UK, we just finished our first 9 date tour where we hit up Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, London, Portsmouth and a few small towns.”

What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

“Fav – small, loud, fucking sweaty punk bars”

“Least fav – the empty ones”

Do you have any upcoming shows?

“We’ve just finished a tour but there are plans for more gigs early in the new year!”

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

“The music industry is an ever evolving landscape so I don’t think it’s bad, it’s just the latest change. The internet has made it possible to do so much more independently, however that also means there is an over saturation of music. But then you could say this is the same for any creative industry.”

What is your favorite song to perform?

“Our single Get Back Up probably, James takes a fucked up noise solo which blows my mind every time.”

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

“Drunk people in bars are dicks and you should not tell them that..”

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

“Never conform to what you think other people want. Do you.”

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

“There would be more recognition for all the kick ass women that deserve it.”

What’s next for you?

“We have plans for loads of new music to come out early in 2020 and plenty of gigs and festivals to go along with that.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for chatting with us, it’s been a pleasure! x

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