Interview - Tim Landers Of Cold Collective

MA's Cold Collective is the new project from Tim Landers (ex. Transit, Misser, Off and On) and members of Defeater and November 5, 1955. Their LP, “Bachelorette Party,” released Friday, May 13th on Rise Records. Tim was kinda enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about the album and tour plans. Give Bachelorette Party a listen on Spotify while you read what he had to say.

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P2P: Your album, Bachelorette Party, came out May 13th. How are you feeling about it? Nervous, excited, little bit of both?

TL: Feeling good, I think! Definitely a lot of both. I made the record a while back, over a year ago at this point- so I’ve been cycling through the excitement and nervousness for a good string of months now. Let’s just say I’m just quite happy it’s out there.

P2P: You guys have all been in different bands before many people within the scene may have been a fan of, or still are. Can you all state your names, what you play, and have done in other previous bands?

TL: Well that’s nice! I can do that: my name is Tim- I play guitar and sing. I’ve been in bands my entire life- but I think the only ones people have heard of are Off & On, Misser, and Transit. When I went to record the album, I recruited my best friend Paul on drums. He’s the most talented person I know- I always call him first when I need a drummer. In the past, he has played in a TON of great bands in the Boston area; most recently/notably(?): November 5th, 1955, Modernist, and he was the primary drummer of Off & On. When Paul and I went to assemble the live/future lineup- him and our producer, Jay, recommended Gus right away on guitar and vocals. Gus is a very old friend of mine- and one of my favorite guitar players. He used to play in tons of bands as well- Defeater, November 5th, 1955, and he puts some great hip-hop stuff out under the name Skycake. Darren was the last piece of the puzzle, on bass and vocals. He used to sing and play in one of my favorite Boston-area bands growing up, Anola’s Recovery. All three of them are a lot more talented than me- not really sure why they wanted to join this band.

P2P: How did the relationship with Rise Records blossom? Are you guys feeling at home there?

TL: I’ve been working with Rise for about five years now. We’ve always had a great relationship- working and friendly. Rise is a fascinating label- they’re very smart individuals and I love seeing their success continuously grow. The thing that drew me to them in the first place, and the main reason we work so well together- is the fact that they are just fans of music. At the end of the day, we are both in this for the same reason: we love music. That understanding was easy to reach, so it’s been an easy and fun working relationship.

P2P: You guys are new to Rise, who do you look forward to maybe touring with on the label in the future?

TL: There are tons of great bands on Rise- and we are excited to play with as many different bands as possible. If I HAVE to pick one- Hot Water Music.

P2P: Coming from different sounds within past projects, how did this come about? Who called who and said lets do this.

TL: I guess I kinda called myself. Cold Collective started off when I locked myself in my studio and wrote/demoed 15-20 songs over the course of three weeks. I would say it’s the band I’ve wanted to start since I was a kid and got into music- just never really had it in me to let it out until now.

P2P: How would you describe the general tone and feel of this record to someone who hasn't heard the record yet?

TL: I would say it’s dark, with some shades of hope mixed in.

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P2P: Who came up with the name of the band? What did that come from?

TL: Like I mentioned before, when Cold Collective was born- it was just me. I wanted to make it a “Collective” of sorts, because I wanted to collaborate with other artists I respected.

P2P: What is everyone's favorite track from the record?

TL: I would say our “collective” (lol) favorites to play would be “Platonic” and “Adieu’

P2P: Is that also your favorite song to play live?

TL: Yes.

P2P: Who helped produce and record the record?

TL: Jay Mass produced and engineered, and his assistant Daniel did a lot of the editing and overall killing of it.

P2P: How was the recording process? Easy, slightly harder than expected?

TL: It was a great, smooth process. I used to record with Jay when I was a teenager, and we hadn’t worked together in years. It was like a fun reunion party, while having a blast making a record.

P2P: What have you guys been listening to lately?

TL: I guess I’ll speak for myself here. New Radiohead, Pinegrove, and J. Cole.

P2P: Have any records from 2016 changed a little bit of your writing style with this new release?

TL: Not at all. A huge aspect of writing this record was digging back to the bands that made me want to play music in the first place. I was trying to capture the feelings I had when I heard Nirvana and Third Eye Blind for the first time- trying to portray the things that made me want to pick up a guitar in first place.

P2P: There's a ton of great albums dropping before we hit 2017. What are you all looking forward to releasing?

TL: I honestly have no idea. I was excited for new Radiohead, but now we’ve got that. Hmmm. Another Kendrick record?

P2P: You guys have some dates with Dan from The Wonder Years side project, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties in June. Any more tour plans for the release after that?

TL: Nothing concrete, but trying to hit the road as much as we can.

P2P: Which one of you is the smelly one in the van?

TL: We haven’t been in a van together yet. I bet we all smell.

P2P: Do you have certain go to fast food stops on the road? Whats one place you'll refuse to eat?

TL: I will never go to iHop again. Fuck IHOP.

P2P: What are next plans for the band after the next tour?

TL: I really want to make another album. I’ve got about 25 songs written already for whatever we do next. I think the band has already grown a ton, now that the lineup is solidified, so i’m really looking forward to the music we make together. We want to make music and play shows.

P2P: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

TL: Check out the album, come hang at a show. Let’s hang out.

P2P: Thanks for taking the time to let us interview you guys. Congrats and good luck with the new release. Looking forward to hearing more.

TL: Thank you so much for having us.

Watch for the band on on tour this summer with Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Allison Weiss, and Can’t Swim.

Tour Dates:
May 31 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Jun 01 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
Jun 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jun 03 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
Jun 04 – Buffalo, NY – The Studio @ Waiting Room
Jun 05 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
Jun 07 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Jun 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Jun 09 – Nashville, TN – The End
Jun 10 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
Jun 11 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Jun 12 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Jun 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun 15 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Jun 16 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro House