The Xcerts’ Murray Macleod has formed a side-project called Cold Crows Dead with producer/songwriter Paul Steel. Their debut album, ‘I Fear A New World’ will be released through Raygun Records on 2nd December and features lyrics by poet/songwriter Stephen John Kalinich.

The band is backed by The Xcerts and the album release will be followed by a UK tour in December.

Sat 7 Bristol Start The Bus
Sun 8 Birmingham Flapper
Mon 9 Newcastle Think Tank
Wed 11 Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Thurs 12 Aberdeen Tunnels
Fri 13 York Duchess
Sat 14 Manchester Fallow Café
Sun 15 Brighton Hope
Tues 17 London Barfly

A preview of a track called ‘Man In Bleak’ and further details about the project can be vieweed by clicking read more.

“Inspired by the melancholic psychedelia of Sparklehorse, former housemates Murray and Paul began writing music together a few years ago. A short time later Mark Linkous, leader of Sparklehorse, committed suicide and what began as one song evolved into an eleven-track album. Recorded at Paul’s home studio, ‘I Fear A New World’ features a myriad of instruments including theremin, mellotron, horns, strings, vintage drum machines, analogue synthesizers and everything in between. Utilising ‘found sounds’ and unconventional recording techniques, Cold Crows Dead recorded themselves drowning in a bathroom sink, recruited an OAP choir to perform at the end of the track ‘Gone’, distorted their vocals, “reversed everything that didn’t work” and recruited Stephen John Kalinich to exhibit his poetic mastery on ‘Man In Bleak’.”

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