The punk electro-pop band Cold Beat is streaming their new album “Into the Air.” The new album, their second LP and out Sept. 4 on Crime On the Moon, shows off the group’s wide range of influences.
Strong vocals throughout, from bassist and vocalist Hanna Lew, embody the rich-sounding youth of early Blondie’s pop nuggets and that punk rock sound, as on “Broken Lines.” Lew’s voice may be the closest to Debby Harry’s as you can get, while still maintaining her own identity. Her vocals soar freely throughout the album, emitting a dreamwave warmth.
The vintage synth sound of “Am I Dust” and the ragged guitar intro and propulsive drumming of the punk-driven “Sisters” both show the band’s broad versatility on the album. They can be haunting, as on the instrumental “Clouds” and moody, on the space-rock closer “Ashes.” Through it all is Lew, who makes the whole thing sound easy. The San Francisco native‘s previous project was with the all-girl outfit Grass Widow.
Cold Beat only has a handful of tour dates, so you’ll have to head to Brooklyn to see them.
COLD BEAT NEW YORK DATES:
Fri. Sept. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Sat. Sept. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
Sun. Sept. 20 – New York, NY @ Other Music (7PM)
Sun. Sept. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn