Half a year ago, Regina band Coldest Night of the Year didn’t exist. Yet, since their inception in November, they’ve become one of the most talked-about bands around town, and they have a record ready to be released. On April 5, the six-song, self-titled EP will be made available at the band’s record release show at the Exchange.
While still a relatively new band, the idea is something guitarist/frontman Chris Matchett and bassist Wolfond have been thinking about for some time now.
“Me and Jon had been talking about getting a band together for a long time, and it just never really worked out … then, one night, I was playing a show opening for Everlast at the Pump, and I wanted to get a band together,” said Matchett.
Wolfond also said the band has been able to churn out material as quickly as they have because “it’s really easy to write with these guys.”
Although, not everyone in the band has found it to be as easy as Wolfond.
“It hasn’t been easy. It’s been manageable, but I think it’s just chemistry. We’re all good friends and have known each other for years and years. It was something we were all looking for; Carl [Johnson] wanted a break from what he was doing with Library Voices, and I just wanted to do something with somebody else,” said Matchett.
Along with the inevitable hard work that goes into playing in a band and writing a record, Matchett said the collective experiences of the members’ playing with different groups throughout the years has also made things come together as smoothly as they have.
“We’ve been working really hard getting the songs down, working hard in the studio,” Matchett said. “We’ve all been doing this separately or together for a long time, so we know what’s up. We took all of our combined experience and put it towards a single goal.”
“It hasn’t been easy. It’s been manageable, but I think it’s just chemistry. We’re all good friends and have known each other for years and years. It was something we were all looking for” – Chris Matchett
Save one song Matchett had written prior to the band’s existence, every song on the EP “is the product of us writing together as a band over the last couple of months,” said Matchett.
“Most of the songs on the record are the first songs we wrote, the first couple of jams,” Wolfond added. “We’ve only been a band for five or six months, but we haven’t had to toss a song away yet. Everything we write we feel strongly about.”
Even during the interview, both Matchett and Wolfond seemed a bit surprised with the pop hooks permeated in the band’s tunes.
“We want to move units,” Matchett said with a laugh. “Art for its own sake is good, but…”
“We never had that in our minds when were writing. We never thought we were going to write something for a specific group of people or anything, but that’s how it turned out,” Wolfond added.
It seems terribly far away with the amount of snow that’s still outside, but Coldest Night of the Year already has some plans for the summer, including more shows and prepping their next release.
“We’re going to spend the summer doing gigs and writing, and we want to do a full-length in the fall,” said Matchett.
“We’re hoping to go out west, hoping to do some festivals,” Wolfond added.
Coldest Night of the Year’s EP release show is at the Exchange on April 5, with Nick Faye & the Deputies and Gunner opening the show. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the doors, which open at 8 p.m.
Photo by Tenielle Bogdan