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The Cold Warps

Punk that spangles, with romantic snappy hooks.

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Here’s a conundrum: You and your friends start a band. You make punk that spangles, with romantic snappy hooks that echo in the brain for days. You do a small tour, you release a tape and suddenly everyone is in love with you. Crowds throng your shows, each person banging into the other, clutching each other, glassy-eyed and shouting, “Yes, yes, this is new favourite!” Then, in an all-too-familiar Halifax story, one of your members has to leave the province. What do you do?

“We’re not breaking up,” says Cold Warps’ lead singer Paul Hammond. He says now that guitarist Dominique Taylor lives in Ottawa, the band is determined to soldier on, and in fact is working harder than ever, with a new summer EP on the horizon---“It’s real beachy and fun,” he says---shows in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec, an upcoming split seven-inch with The Fat Stupids and a gig at Pop Montreal in October.

“In a way, it’s gotten us really focused,” says Hammond. “Our plan is just to write and record and release as much as possible to keep the momentum going.” Long may they live.

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