The Cold Chills are rocking twice as hard this February! We'll be performing at the Tetfestival in Garden Grove on Saturday, February 9, and at the Other Door in North Hollywood on Wednesday, February 13. So whether you're in the 818 or the 714, come check out the Cold Chills and our new guitarist, Jimmy Le!
The Tetfest is a Chinese New Year festival held at the Garden Grove Park over February 8 - 10. The Cold Chills will be playing Saturday the 9th at 6 pm, and the admission is only $5! There will be food, carnival rides, and games, so bring yer kids!
Come rock out with the Cold Chills at local NoHo bar the Other Door on Wednesday, February 13! We go on at 10 pm and it's $5 at the [other] door. This awesome hole-in-the-wall features select craft beers on tap and high-end cocktails... along with other more *affordable* alcoholic beverages. We're excited to be sharing the stage with Lyndzie Taylor, Vigilant Playground, and our friends Wilding!
Whether its up in the Valley or down in the OC, hope to see all of you this month! Rock on!
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COLD CHILLS / NEW BEGINNINGS
Through the years The Cold Chills have evolved and adapted in terms of personality and mind set, while maintaining and staying true to their characteristic groove rock sound. Aaron and Rob moved to L.A. around the same time in 2007. They immediately started jamming and experimenting with a few original songs Aaron had put together. They soon brought in guitarist Zeke Middleton, Aaron's old band mate from Salt Lake, who was living in LA at the time. After a few months of songwriting and sound experimentation, they had a nice set of new songs put together.
They added bass player extraordinaire, Ferrari Watts to provide some low end sound to the material.
Aaron's Tribeca Film Festival compadre', friend, & guitarist, Kevin Crowley
moved to L.A. & joined the band and added a ripping second guitar to help complete the Cold Chills original lineup and establish the characteristic rock sound displayed on their 2010 self titled debut LP release.
joined the lineup in 2011 and added his monster riff style to help polish off recording The Cold Chills sophomore album, "Lighter in the Shadows."
The Cold Chills slimmed down to a 4 piece lineup in 2012 and brought in Jonathan Decker on bass to help complete the melodic 3 song EP release, "Coasting." The Cold Chills capped off 2012 by completing their very 1st music video for the single "Cali Coast".
The Cold Chills, from the very beginning, has been an institution for like minded individuals, and a brotherhood of songwriters, who would like nothing better than to express their soul through solid Rock and Roll at it's finest.
We'd like to thank the founding members of the Cold Chills for their individual passionate contributions, blood, sweat, and soul. You have helped build The Cold Chills to the dignified sound we have today. Thank you brothers, you will always be a part of the Cold Chills fraternity. Much Love!
"The Cold Chills," 2010:
Zeke Middleton, Guitar; Ferrari Watts, Bass; Kevin Crowley, Guitar; Aaron Winter, Vocals; Rob Gaudet, Drums
"Lighter in the Shadows," 2011
Zeke Middleton, Guitar; Ferrari Watts, Bass; Kevin Crowley, Guitar; Noah Peters, Guitar; Aaron Winter, Vocals; Rob Gaudet, Drums
Jonathan Decker, Bass; Noah Peters, Guitar; Aaron Winter, Vocals; Rob Gaudet, Drums
*Special Thanks to Matt Skversky who helped in recording "Coasting"
2013 brings in a brand new era for The Cold Chills.
We'd like to introduce guitarist Jimmy Le into the Cold Chills brotherhood!
Jimmy Le Bio:
Jimmy was born in Vietnam and raised in the Philippines. He started teaching himself to play guitar at the age of twelve, and was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Paul Gilbert to name a few. Upon moving to the U.S. he joined the band, "Slow Burning Car" and performed with various artists such as Destenee McKenzie, Neena Yvone. He has brought his stellar showmanship and virtuosity to every project he's been a part of. He also owns and operates his own recording studio in Woodland Hills, CA where he engineers and produces various L.A. based bands and Vietnamese artists alike.
The Cold Chills lineup 2013 & beyond:
Jonathan Decker, Bass
Jimmy Le, Guitar
Aaron Winter, Vocals
Rob Gaudet, Drums
Get ready for new recordings, videos, and shows coming from The Cold Chills new lineup in 2013!!!
We were super stoked to work with this guy right here...
"A Los Angeles native and hopeless romantic, Leslie Andrew Ridings is a visual artist and film-maker," as well as being a nifty, creative dude and long-time friend of Cold Chills bassist Jon Decker. Leslie is the idea man and generalissimo of Black Noise Industries, "a super-rad creative studio making innovative music videos, commercials and design of all kinds."
"Cali Coast" was co-produced by Black Noise and Urban Organic Music, and this video represents a lot of hard work. Big thanks to our director and fearless leader Leslie (who was also co-producer, cinematographer and editor), Justin Edwards for all the tireless help, Ava Gaudet for the makeup, wardrobe and for letting us borrow her car, Joon at the Blue Whale Jazz in Downtown Los Angeles for letting us crash his club, and Farah Mokrani and Taylor Manuel for all their hard work. And thanks to you guys for watching it!
With 2012 behind us and 2013 before us, we have a lot of new things on the horizon… new original music, more shows, more covers, more videos, and even a personnel change… stay tuned!!!
We're excited to be playing at The Good Hurt once again. It's always fun to rock on the West Side of town. We'll be performing a few of our new songs at the show, so be sure to come down to hear them before there official release. We have a slew of songs ready to drop for the Fall season. Our next single, "Charlie Sheen" will be out in a matter of mere weeks!! Check out the sexy show flyer:
Principle shooting for our 1st official music video for the song, "Cali Coast' is underway. Our very talented and visionary video director, Leslie Andrew Ridings, has been absolutely amazing to work with. He has a very vivid style of filming, and overall is a very cool dude! Check out some of his work at:
It's amazing how bartending in LA can turn into a straight marketing job.
I (Noah, the guitar player) work at a super chill restaurant in Hollywood called Baby Blues. For a struggling artist it's the perfect job. Good money, cool people, minimal bullshit. PLUS there's one more additional perk: people always want to talk to me. "What are you working on?" "How's the band?" "When's your next show?" Incidentally, I end up doing marketing half the time. For instance, my promoter friend Alicia comes to the bar. "Hey, do The Cold Chills want the August 23rd slot at The Viper Room?" "Sure." One thing done. (next club date for the cold chills, check.)
Two nights later my manager Chad shows me what he's been working on. It's a Holster for beer. You heard me correct, a western style six-shooter holster for beer bottles/cans that he custom designs ( theholstar.com ). "Hey Chad, you want to design some custom Cold Chills holsters for our show at The Viper Room?" "Sure." Cool marketing merch for the band, check!
A week later Lauren, our Black Star beer rep, comes to the bar. What's Black Star? It's basically like Montana's PBR. ( http://blackstarbeer.com/ ) She's super excited. "What's up, Lauren" "I finally got Black Star in at The Viper Room!" "No shit?! My band's playing there on the 23rd." "Really?! We should do beer specials!" Awesome! Great beer promotion for our Viper show, check!
So come see the Cold Chills at The Viper Room Thursday August 23rd at 10:30. Enjoy 3$ cans of Black Star. Maybe get yourself a Cold Chills Holster so you can go hands free. Oh yeah, and you'll get to rock out.
It was a warm Wednesday evening when I parked in front of the Grimelab for the first time. I grabbed my bass from the back seat of my dirty black Civic and called Rob to let him know I was there. I don’t like to walk in unannounced the first time I show up somewhere. It just seems rude.
Rob walked out toward the street to greet me and we chatted as we walked around to the studio, where I met Aaron and Noah. Everyone seemed pretty cool. We talked about music and personal history while I set up my bass and got ready for the audition; a few stretches, finger exercises, going over bass lines. I had learned three Cold Chills songs for the audition, and we went through each one a few times. I thought it sounded pretty damn good! And the guys didn’t seem to think I sucked, which was what I really wanted to hear.
“So hey, good times guys, that went well!”
“Yea! We’ve got a few other people auditioning, so we’ll let you know by Friday for sure.”
“Cool man, sounds good!”
They did not let me know by Friday. I actually went through the entire audition process without getting nervous at all, but when I wasn’t told by Friday that I did or did not have the gig… THAT made me nervous. I’ve auditioned for bands before, and occasionally I haven’t gotten the gig. It isn’t a big deal for me. But not knowing? THAT is a completely different situation. And when I finally did hear back from Rob on Sunday, he asked me to come back for another audition.
“It’s down to you and one other guy,” the email read.
So let me stop the story at this point and give you a bit of personal history. Maybe I should’ve started with this, but hey, I like Quentin Tarantino. I had been looking for a good ol’ fashioned ROCK band for a little bit before I ran into the Cold Chills. Before I joined them, I had been working with a lot of programming, synthesizers and MIDI controllers for years. It was definitely time to get back into a straight-ahead rock band and play some solid, stanky grooves. When I came across the Cold Chills, I knew I wanted the gig.
So skip back to Sunday night. The guys wanted me to learn three more songs for a second audition that Wednesday. No problem. Except this time, I couldn’t stop psyching myself out! I should have been confident in my playing of the songs, but I was over-thinking everything. The worst mistake a musician can make.
Wednesday night rolled around again, and I showed up nervous as hell. I left the second rehearsal feeling like crap. I thought I had screwed up every song. The boys were nice to me, of course, but I could feel the fact that the OTHER GUY must be better, he must be the one they chose…
So I said my goodbyes, told the Cold Chills I was looking forward to hearing their decision, and drove home. Upon my arrival I promptly poured myself a glass of Jameson. My girlfriend was asleep already and so I went to quietly drown my nerves. As I was sitting on my condo’s balcony, staring at the nearly-full moon and sipping my whiskey, wondering how I could have let myself sabotage this second audition, my phone vibrates. It was a text message from Rob, followed by one each from Noah and Aaron, all of them welcoming me to the band. Awwww, thanks guys. I would have not slept that night if it weren’t for those text messages.
I’m really excited to be a part of the Cold Chills. I’ve played in many groups and with many talented musicians, but none with the combination of energy, drive and commitment to the music as these guys. We’ve already been working on new music since I’ve joined and I’m stoked to be a part of the process! Please keep checking back in with us, more new new new things ahead!
Special thanks to all who came to see our show @ The Roxy on Sunday night! Man, it felt good to play again and we had a blast. Shout outs to our new band friends Cartoon Lion from Phoenix, AZ and Cadence from Portland, OR who helped us Rock out! Thanks to Ava Gaudet for taking these great pics below! Thanks for your support and be sure to download your copy of "Coasting" tomorrow!
Yes Yes yall! So here is one of our new songs off our new EP called "Cali Coast" for your listening pleasure! It's available for streaming for now but will be a free download Tuesday, July 10th! If you come down to our show this Sunday, July 8th @ the Roxy, you'll get a free advanced copy of our full EP "Coasting" - Thanks for your support...enjoy!
Holy Geez, haven't you heard? The Cold Chills are playing a show!!! Finally! Thanks for all of your patience and support as we've re-grouped, worked on a new sound and crafted new songs for your earholes. And now we are ready to come back into the light from the underground in order to ROCK. Come on down and have a drink with us!
We're playing at the world-famous Roxy Theatre tomorrow, July 8th at 8:30 pm, doors at 7:45, & we're excited to be playing with headliner Enation, Cartoon Lion, & Cadence.
As if getting to experience the Cold Chills live in all of their glory isn't enough, we will have advance copies of our new EP, "Coasting" at the show! "Coasting" will be officially released on Tuesday, July 10th... BUT everyone at our show tomorrow will have the opportunity to snatch up one of these catchy collections of summer themed jams, created to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain. Don't miss out! And just so you don't think we're yankin' your chain, check it out!!!
So go ahead, put the Cold Chills in your day planner for tomorrow, you won't regret it. See you in West Hollywood!!!