Album of the Week: Cold Cream – S/T

Carrboro’s Cold Cream holds nothing back on its self-titled debut. Featuring a line-up of North Carolina rock veterans, with a collective resume that includes Pipe, Bat Fangs, Flesh Wounds and The Kingsbury Manx, this fuzzy hardcore release is a force to be reckoned with.

Opening with a track headed straight for Capitalism’s jugular, “Wage Theft” sets the tone for what’s to come. This album’s 10-track blitz ends in under 30 minutes, but shifts easily from psych-punk a la Leave Home-era The Men into old-school hardcore blasts reminiscent of The Germs. Lyrically, the band fuses sharp wit and smart references to expertly carry out the soundtrack to revolution Take for instance, the anti-war screed “See You on the Somme,” in which vocalist Montgomery Morris bellows:

Which of these shovels digs the best?
“Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori” – that old lie
As the death rains down from the sky
The last shall be first and the first shall be last?
Let’s see that cut the mustard gas
Dying in trenches down in the dirt
No one told you that’s how empires work.
Ready or not, y’all, I’ll see you on the Somme

My favorite track, In Carrz, skewers Carrboro’s gentrification (or, let’s be real, most of America right now), with a tongue-in-cheek riff of the Gary Numan classic, “Cars“.

The songs are brief and potent, delivering a punch through the listener’s ears and into their brain. What more can you ask from a punk band?

For local readers, Cold Cream plays an Election Day day show at Motorco in Durham tomorrow with Superchunk and No Love.

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Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.