Photo: Jonathan Weiner
As we approach the long-awaited holiday season, our radios and stereos tend to become inundated with songs of cheer and blissful harmony. While it’s always nice to look on the bright side of things, it’s quite refreshing when an artist takes the road less traveled.
Set against a backdrop of gently crescendoing acoustics, “Cold Spell” thoughtfully exposes the pain of being apart from your lover during any season. As Los Angeles foursome Dear Boy expanded, “We love Christmas songs, but we felt that the melancholy shade of the music is underrepresented.” Lead singer Ben Grey sings of the paradoxical “warmth of the winter,” as images of sunshine and comfort are associated with the union of two lovers regardless of season.
The band might technically be categorized as “alternative rock,” but they draw inspiration from a diverse set of influences including their Southern California upbringing, the post-punk era, and ‘90s British guitar pop. “Cold Spell” is a proper follow-up to Dear Boy’s Parts Of A Flower EP release in August 2016, which set foundation for the band’s distinct new sound.
You can hear “Cold Spell” at Dear Boy’s upcoming show, on Monday, December 12 at The Troubadour Los Angeles in support of fellow rockstars The Shelters. Pick up your tickets today and enjoy your exclusive stream of “Cold Spell” in the meantime below.