Interview: Darkness is Contagious – Cold Cave Interview with Frontman Wes Eisold

Frontman Wes Eisold dished a few words surrounding his act, Cold Cave’s latest release, Fate in Seven Lessons. The word “act” is used intentionally. Cold Cave are not a traditional multi-layer band. They are the creation of Eisold, who brings a variety of collaborates whilst maintaining Cold Cave as his sole creation and art.

“Ultimately, we fell in love with the demos and had a few mixers try them, only to abandon most attempts for the sound we created,” Eisold says when asked about the album’s production. “I have always been instrumental in the production of all of Cold Cave’s recordings, and this is just the pinnacle of self-realization sonically.”

As a result, while other producers have worked with Eisold and contributing bandmates, he remains the number-one driving force behind each release. However, to create Fate in Seven Lessons, Eisold did collaborate directly with artist Amy Lee.

“She is thoughtful and analytic[al],” Eisold says. “She understands my word, my heart and soul, and she picks up the pieces. She is a very concept to completion type of artist. She is my left hand, and then some.”

Eisold also happens to be Amy Lee’s husband in addition to regular bandmate.

Cold Cave have circled the goth and electronic scene over the last 10 years, but were often lost at sea trying to find peers in a genre that walked out the door in the heyday of New Order and Depeche Mode. In 2021, however, the punk and alternative scene is definitely seeing a resurrgence of post punk, new wave, and new wave’s edgier younger sister, dark wave.

Eisold defines darkwave as “a bi-product of synth pop and a divergence of post-pink as more goth and electronic.” Through dark wave, Cold Cave are leading the rebirth of a genre that hasn’t been heard outside of a few movie soundtracks in the last 25 years.

When asked if he thought there was a larger, cultural meaning to the darkwave rise, Eisold states, “I think our trouble became attractive…[and] darkness is contagious.”

For a contagiously dark album, Eisold reveals that Fate in Seven Lessons’ ideal listener is still someone who isn’t cynical about love, which is fitting for an album wrapped deeply in made-for-cinema passion. Anyone listening can immediately place themselves in an internal montage of life, fantasy, or fantastical life. For Eisold, there isn’t just one ideal setting for listeners, “There are driving moments and contemplative moments.”

Find our for yourself which moments you’re ready to fall in love to when Cold Cave’s new album is released via Heartworm Press on June 11.

Originally published in New Noise Magazine Print Issue 58 2021 under incorrect author name.


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