Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Record label: Dais
LA’s Cold Showers stick as steadfastly to their name as they do their roots: their debut is the stuff of Factory Records and early-2K NYC, of frigid cool and young, too-horny traces of post-punk. So when Love and Regret sounds both old and new, both insanely derivative and sometimes transcendent, you can probably guess the rest: great introduction to a band who’ll, let’s hope, warm up to a looser aesthetic focus in the near future. .
The debut full-length from this glowering Los Angeles act is a focused sonic assault that borrows a great deal from Joy Division, early Interpol, and A Place to Bury Strangers to create just under 35 minutes of tastefully restrained post-punk. From the pulsing opener, "Alight," to the shimmering, highly danceable finale, "Seminary," the entire album projects a series of sometimes familiar, always unsettling, images. These eight tracks have a purposeful, soiled quality that will leave listeners feeling more than a little guilty.
Los Angeles’ Cold Showers conjures up a dark sound akin to a late night desert meetup between Morrissey and Ian Curtis. Their latest effort, Love and Regret, is an intoxicating 2:00 a.m. escape from the city into a black hole to purge a cloudy mind. Lead singer Jonathan Weinberg’s vocals have a Morrissey movement and Curtis baritone, while the beats have a hypnotic Joy Division/Curtis franticness.