This was probably coming. The dam was surely always going to break. Had you listened to Ross Gordon speak over the past few years, read between the lines of his lyrics, or paid attention to the more seething moments of Cold Years’ 2020 debut album Paradise, you could have predicted that something had to give. As the incendiary spirit of the band’s new album Goodbye To Misery attests, ‘something’ might be an understatement. Everything has changed. This is the sound of the fight-or-flight kicking in, of deciding that enough is enough, and the trio – completed by guitarist Fin Urquhart, bassist Louis Craighead and drummer Jimmy Taylor – demanding better.
Most importantly, it’s them doing something about it all. The time for pissing and moaning is done.