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Cold heats up after eight-year recording gap

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2011

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It’s been six years since the Florida hard rock group Cold’s last album, an interim that saw the band break up between 2006-09 and frontman Ronald “Scooter” Ward start another group, The Killer and the Star, with drummer Sam McCandless.

And because of that, Ward says the interim between albums has passed very quickly for him.

“I was busy the whole time,” Ward, 40, notes, “first with the Killer and the Star and then getting Cold back together and starting another album, so I haven’t taken a break at all.

“Anytime a band takes off for a couple years, you’re going to worry about the reaction from the fans. Me doing the Killer and the Star kinda held them over and let me keep in contact with them online and through Facebook and everything. And, of course, once Cold got back together there was a huge surge and everybody’s back.”

Cold, which has seen 13 members pass through its ranks since 1996, will end its recording hiatus on June 28 when it releases its fifth studio album, “SuperFiction.” Ward says it’s “probably the best record we’ve had yet,” and it reveals a different kind of Cold — still hard-hitting but also matured and somewhat mellowed, at least on the personal end.

“I think we’re more geared-up now, more focused than before, when we were younger,” Ward explains. “(Music) is basically what we focus on at all times now. The most important thing to us is the music and, of course, the fans.

“A lot of bands get into this for other reasons and stuff like that. But there’s no way we can be around this long. ... It’s been 16 years now, and we’ve never really made a lot of money off it, sometimes not even enough to pay bills. We do it just because playing music is what it’s about for us.”

Cold, Egypt Central, Kopek and others perform Saturday, April 2, at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-779-9278 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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