Who: Cold Cave with Austra and Overcasters
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bluebird Theatre, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Wesley Eisold’s a musician, poet and author — oh yeah, in his spare time the Cold Cave frontman also operates the publishing house Heartworm Press.
Cold Cave is Eisold’s electronic pop group, and he’s touring to show off the outfit’s new CD, Cherish the Light Years.
Saturday, Eisold and the latest incarnation of his synth-pop band hit the Bluebird.
Eisold bases his creative operations out of New York City, but Cold Cave’s busy making waves around the country. The outfit’s 2011 schedule featured stops at Coachella and the Pitchfork Music Festival.
The media pro got an early start in his career by traveling with his Navy family.
“Growing up in a Navy family allowed me to see and feel different walks of life and different possibilities,” Eisold said. “It also left me to my own devices and to fend for myself socially.
“Writing and music was my world that I had control over and I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”
Eisold was initially drawn to the world of hardcore music, and he served as vocalist for the bands Give Up the Ghost, XO Skeletons and Some Girls.
“Music extends the sentiment and emotion of ourselves that words alone can’t conquer,” Eisold said. “It’s magic and desperate, and evidence that there is more to us than flesh and blood.
“I moved on from the hardcore and noise punk bands, because I wanted to write my own music and I don’t play any traditional instruments.”
Eisold started up Cold Cave in Philadelphia. The artist said he had a lot of time on his hands, so he focused his energy into the group.
“The only premise for this project was that it had to be mine, regardless of what it was going to sound like,” Eisold said.
The artist wanted Cold Cave to have a unique sound, so the music has elements of ambient, New Wave and Goth. Eisold even had to relearn singing techniques to adapt to the new music.
Cherish the Light Years was Cold Cave’s sophomore release, so Eisold had a gameplan for the new project. The record uses very pop sounding tunes, but counterpoints with darker lyrics and imagery.
“This record has a lot of pop, mainstream sounding music, but it’s presented in this darker lyrical content,” Eisold explained. “The song ‘Confetti’ sounds very mainstream, but the lyrics are totally self-destructive.
“This record is also dedicated to youth. It wasn’t meant to be only a synth record — enough of those came out last year. This is an ode thematically and sonically to different times of my life.”
Now Eisold’s ready to show off his new music to Denver.
These days, Cold Cave’s operating as a trio and this combination of players may be the best to date.
“We’ve been a three-piece band for the past six months,” Eisold said. “This is the first lineup that’s really worked. The music is much more raw live.”