Aberdeen-based rock quartet Cold Years share the track ‘Northern Blues’, taken from their recently released debut album Paradise.
As the true sound of worldwide youth disaffection post-Trump and post-Brexit, the big, windows-down, blue-collar punk songs of Paradise – a sarcastic snarl aimed at the band’s remote hometown – capture the anger and frustration felt for a generation in decline.
The album also operates with the optimistic notion that you don’t have to spend your life accepting misery as your reality.
Listen to ‘Northern Blues’ by Cold Years on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
Echoing the infamous, despairing “it’s s***e being Scottish” rant made by protagonist Renton in Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel, Trainspotting, Cold Years frontman Ross Gordon’s near-nihilistic take on the town where he was born goes further still, almost three decades and a generation later.
Rather than succumb to the pitfalls that laid waste to previous generations, however, he poured all of his grievances into his band’s debut showcase, Paradise – 13 songs of passion and belief that unapologetically breathe the redemptive fire of rock’n’roll.
“Our hometown is a s**thole,” Ross spits, with characteristically direct candour. “The album is called ‘Paradise’ because Aberdeen is not a paradise. It’s horrible, it’s grey, and it’s cold all the time. We all live and work here, and it’s not very happy. It’s quite morbid when you stop to think about it. But at the same time, it’s home.”