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Cola’s ‘The Gloss’: A Sophomore Album Filled with Wit, Energy, and Musical Evolution + Tour Dates

  • April 9, 2024
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Cola’s ‘The Gloss’: A Sophomore Album Filled with Wit, Energy, and Musical Evolution + Tour Dates

Cola, post-punk, indie rock, alternative rock, the gloss, pallor tricks, tour

We are excited to share Cola’s latest project with you. Originating in Montreal, Cola was established by former Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy. They were joined by Evan Cartwright, a sought-after session musician from Toronto known for his work in the city’s thriving jazz and experimental music scenes with groups like U.S. Girls and The Weather Station, immediately following their initial rehearsal in 2019.

Their first album, Deep In View, was launched in 2022 under Fire Talk Records and garnered acclaim from prestigious music publications. Rolling Stone highlighted them as an Artist You Need To Know, praising their debut as one of the year’s most exciting rock releases and marking it as a standout debut.

Currently, the group is excited to reveal their second album, titled The Gloss, set to release on Fire Talk Records on June 14th. Coinciding with this announcement, they are introducing a new single, “Pallor Tricks.” Since the beginning, Cola has built upon the DIY spirit reminiscent of the Dischord and SST record labels, crafting powerful music using a simple set-up of drums, bass, and guitar. Their lyrics, filled with clever quips and reflections on society, invite listeners to search for deeper meanings. The album draws inspiration from various sources, including David Berman’s poetic approach and the playful aspects of early UK New Wave and the Dunedin sound, delivering a mix of sparse poetry and catchy hooks. It playfully navigates through themes with a mix of humor and insightful commentary, showcasing the band’s dynamic energy and creativity.

Since their debut album, Cola has released singles like “Keys Down If You Stay” and “Bitter Melon” from their upcoming LP, demonstrating a more relaxed and exploratory sound. “Pallor Tricks” accelerates the pace, showcasing the band at their most intense, with restless rhythms and varying distortions striving for balance.

Tour Dates
05.08 – Hanover, DE @ Cafe Glocksee
05.09 – Rotterdam, NL @ Vessell 11
05.10 – Eindhoven, NL @ Altstadt
05.11 – Luxembourg @ Out of the Crowd Festival
05.13 – Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall
05.14 – Birkenhead, UK @ Future Yard
05.15 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
05.17 – London, UK @ The George Tavern
05.18 – London, UK @ The George Tavern
07.05 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
07.06 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
07.07 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
07.08 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
07.11 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
07.12 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
07.13 – Asheville, NC @ Eulogy
07.15 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd +
07.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s +
07.17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
07.18 – Troy, NY @ No Fun +
07.19 – Boston, MA @ The Rockwell +
07.20 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount +
10.10 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
10.11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
10.12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
10.14 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
10.16 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
10.17 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s *

+ = w/ Mhaol
* = w/ Mind Shrine

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