The legend of Cold Fronts goes like this: The band was playing an impromptu show in the streets of Austin at SXSW in 2012 when the legendary Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein passed by. Liking what he heard, Stein asked Almquist for a CD. Almquist had no idea that his admirer was none other than the man who once signed the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna, and only two weeks later did he understand his good fortune. A year later, Stein signed the band to Sire. Whatever, right?
But despite being overjoyed at this incredible break, Almquist’s good fortune would eventually turn to frustration, as the release of Cold Fronts’ debut was slowed by the exceptionally patient major label system. Almquist is a guy who doesn’t sit still, who writes constantly, and was anxious to have his music hit public ears—while waiting for a release date, he convinced the label to release an EP, Forever, and wrote and recorded several new songs. But now the wait is over, and Forever Whatever is finally set for release this fall.
Cold Fronts have shared stages with The Cribs, The Vaccines, The Districts, and more, while Almquist identifies FIDLAR, Wavves, The Orwells, and Mac Demarco as some of his favorite peer musicians. And there are elements of those acts in the sound of Forever Whatever, in addition to influence from older bands like The Strokes and Phoenix. Chiming guitars mix with cruising bass lines, drums punch, and Almquist’s vocals clip along joyfully, often hitting falsetto high notes before soaring into power choruses. His lyrics toe the line of mystery, with cryptic references to relationships of unknown size and shape, but the sing-along quality of the songs have the ability to connect to a mass audience—something that is sure to happen as the band gains more and more experience in different places.
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