Cold Cave

Prurient – Bermuda Drain (Hydra Head)

Saturday May 15th, 2010- Prurient’s Dominick Fernow is traveling through a tunnel in Europe at night. He is exhausted, miserable, anxious, and bored. This is usually when he conceptualizes his best work. Having spent most of the last two years playing synth in the iconic pop group Cold Cave, Fernow has had plenty of time to reflect on his own material. Bermuda Drain states its intention to soundtrack this sensation, the moments of dead time in travel, surrounded by lights and the narcoleptic calm of speed, traveling with no connection to the outside world. In order to realize his vision Fernow abandoned every tool and instrument he’s ever used, down to the cables and chords, in a technological purging. The result is immediately apparent. Displaying overt musicality, Bermuda Drain may seem surprising to those expecting to be confronted with walls of noise and feedback.

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by STEVE LOWENTHAL on 6/20/2011 in Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Cold Cave interview

Last year, I went to see a screening of ‘Breaking Glass’, a film made in the U.K. in the early eighties that examined the fictional rise and fall of a female vocalist from punk rock nobody to new wave uber star. I initially saw the film in a weird act of coincidence when I was nine or ten and turned on the TV on a Saturday morning around 5 a.m. As an impressionable and anglophilic child, the sight of National Front skinheads, posters for Siouxsie and the Banshees gigs and general U.K. coolness blew my tiny little mind. As years went by, I would always reference the movie in my head from the grainy memories I had of watching it that fateful morn. I would sometimes wonder who the film was based on. Sometimes I would think it was a veiled, gender-changed-to-protect-the-innocent account of Jimmy Pursey, famed vocalist for what some consider the first true British punk band, Sham 69. It built up a legendary status in my mind and pretty much nowhere else. When I saw it last year, the elation of seeing it again faded quickly and I felt embarrassed I thought something of it; even as a child. Not only was the flick completely cornball in this day and time, but the print was lousy and the only person in the theatre was an older woman who sat directly in front of us and smelled like an old washcloth. In this case, the memory was certainly better than the actual artifact. It’s not like I’m going to jump out a window in an upset state or anything, but I would be twenty something dollars richer if me and my lady never went. It was that day I decided to sorta stop trying to catch the invisible rabbit and go on with the present.

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by TONY RETTMAN on 11/16/2009 in Interviews | Tags: , , , , , ,


Every so often Swingset likes to throw a party. On Nov 8th at Club Rehab we were lucky enough to feature a diverse array of sets from some of our favorite acts both old and new. Starting off the evening was the first ever set by Philadelphia’s Cold Cave, whose icy tones and anthemic minimalism translated just as well on stage as on their two recent recordings. Burning Star Core played an all solo set that ran the gamut from drone poems to violin and drum machine improv duets. Fans of Burning Star Core’s epic Challenger album were not disappointed. Finally, Dan Melchior graced the New York area with his presence once again to deliver some fiery rock and roll sermons, including tracks from his forthcoming double LP. Backed by Todd Cavallo and Chris Weingarten, Melchior showed us once again why he’s the best at what he does. Thanks to everyone who came out, especially Swingset neighbor Nikki Sneakers who provided us with the following photographs thankfully preserving the images for us and to share with those of you who could only be there in spirit. Until the next party….enjoy.


by STEVE LOWENTHAL on 11/13/2008 in Features, Swingset Presents | Tags: , , , , , ,