"L.A. duo the Cold and Lovely made a huge statement with 2013′s 'Ellis Bell,' an EP that embraced the arena-sized alt-rock of the 1990s and was embraced by many who remember it. Singer-guitarist Meghan Toohey (who counts the Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk on her resumé) and bassist Nicole Fiorentino (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette) have returned with the fan-funded 'What Will I Become,' an eight-song album of lush, driving dream-pop featuring the oceanic reverb employed by artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Pale Saints and Curve, with a few added twists as well. The new single 'Lost All Control' boasts the big, surging sonics of Silversun Pickups (à la their single 'The Pit'), perfect for rock radio. The new collection featured guest vocals from Louise Post of Veruca Salt and John O’Reilly Jr. on drums, and was engineered by Bryan Cook." - Buzz Bands LA
The Cold and Lovely is the brainchild of Meghan Toohey (The Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk), and Nicole Fiorentino (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette). After several years as a producer and session player, Toohey returned to her roots as a songstress, writing the band’s eponymous debut album. When her songs began achieving placements on television shows such as Gossip Girl, Grimm, Chasing Life and Vampire Diaries, she knew she was on the right path. The band's sophomore album, Ellis Bell, is an E.P. recorded primarily in their home studio and mixed/mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups/M83). After a very successful Pledge Music Campaign to support their third record, The Cold and Lovely are releasing the full length "What Will I Become" mixed by Bryan Cook (One Republic, Train, Autolux) on January 20th, 2015.
Reflecting on the band's work, Toohey says: “With the first record, we were just getting our feet wet. Working together over past few years has matured our relationship, and I wanted our future records to reflect this growth. I dug deep into albums that changed my life, such as My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, PJ Harvey’s entire catalog, and the work of bands like The Cure and U2. But it was Nicole who really helped me shake out the sounds and pinpoint what I loved about the guitar tones and production. We wanted more grit on these records and the result is, for us, incredibly fresh and exciting. The songs are dark and brooding but at the same time joyful."
Toohey and Fiorentino are both staunch believers in empowering young women and girls through music education. Both are volunteers and supporters of Rock N' Roll Camp For Girls in Los Angeles.
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