Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands

Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands - Golden Syrup

Tomorrow night's show will feature a couple of tracks from Patrick Kelleher's new album Golden Syrup. The album's just out on Osaka Records and follows last year's You Look Colder remix album, that was in turn a reworking of Kelleher's 2009 debut album, You Look Cold. As much as I enjoy his debut and indeed the remix record, Golden Syrup is the first recording to truly capture the sound that Patrick and His Cold Dark Hands create on stage - that sound is dark, moody, gothic synth-driven tunes, effects-laden vocals, driving bass, and some brilliant wigged-out guitar playing all crashing together to create 10 blissful pop songs.

Osaka describe the record as, "moving on from the previous more DIY/lo-fi sound we now find them embracing a more gothic, minimal synth sound. Reminiscent of lesser known early 80s electronics pioneers such as Robert Rental and John Foxx." Golden Syrup is definately a huge step up from You Look Cold. The last time I saw the band play was supporting Future Islands and it was obvious from the tunes played that night that the next record was going to be one dark beast and indeed last year's Skinny Wolves, Contact Sports 7'' also hinted at where the band were taking their sound. When Patrick came up to the radio station to chat about the remix album he played records by Holgar Czukay, Ariel Pink, Harmonia and Echo & the Bunnymen on the show and Golden Syrup is akin to throwing all of those different sounding artists into a blender and liquidising. It's a collection of really strong songs that have been brilliantly recorded. Broken Up Now and Seen Me Blue, two of the slower tracks on the record, are two of the best songs I've heard all year.    

Photo by Ivan Rynn

Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands-Too Many Harsh Words by osakaRecords

Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands-Miracle Candle by osakaRecords

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