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A Dirty Dozen with PAUL CROSBY from COLDWARDS – November 2021

| 18 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “ColdWards (pronounced Cold-Words) – is a four-piece rock band with three family members including drummer Paul Crosby of Grammy nominated + Gold and Platinum awarded Saliva, and his two sons. Youngest son Zac, (Vocals/ All things electronic -Loops, samples, synths, etc). And oldest son, Sean (Vocals/Guitar), with the band also consisting of bass player Richie Hey. ColdWards are a very percussive and vocal dominated style of music with chunky riffs and most of all deep lyrics with a message for today’s youth. On October 29th, the band released its debut single “Say Something” via Wake Up! Music Group. The single is from the band’s upcoming debut album Bloodwork coming out in 2022.” We get drummer Paul Crosby to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our debut single is called “Say Something”. It’s about a person’s struggle with their addiction and the battle that they endure within themselves while feeling like they’re alone in their own personal war, like they’re a complete outcast in a room full of people just waiting for someone to reach out to them about it. I think listeners might miss the fact that we have multiple styles and genres, but since this is our debut single, they will have to wait until the full-length album comes out in 2022 to realize that.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I first got into music when I was around 10 or 11 years old, my adopted brother was a drummer and he was always playing air drums, and I really looked up to him, so from that moment on I wanted to play drums. At first, I was into hip-hop, and R&B I wasn’t really a rock ‘n’ roll fan in my younger years. Once I hit about 12 or 13 and started skateboarding, somebody played Metallica Master of Puppets and I was hooked from that moment on.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

My first album ever was Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind. One of my friends played me Metallica Master of Puppets and that set-in stone my musical journey.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

From any genre, Prince! He was one of the best guitarists and song writers to ever walk the planet. But from the Rock genre, I would have to say Jerry Cantrell because he writes some of the darkest riffs ever. We do have 2 guest collabs on the full-length album “Bloodwork.” We have Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal formerly of Guns N Roses doing an incredible solo on “Bitch.” And we have Bobby Amaru from Saliva doing a guest hook on “Welcome To My Winter.”

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

I like to hang out with my dogs and do anything that involves being on or near the water.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe, or you disagreed with?

I consider us just a heavy rock band but with some seasonings on it. And so far the only comparisons we have heard a couple of times is Linkin Park and that doesn’t make us cringe at all even though we didn’t intentionally try to do that, they are an incredibly successful band.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We are all pretty good grill masters; Richie likes to have a few beers here and there. And we all love breaking out the acoustics or even just blasting some loud music on the Bluetooth speaker.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I have pretty much only been starstruck once and it was during the recording of the first Saliva record. It was Steve Perry from Journey.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is seeing how your music impacts people’s lives positively!! And If I had to do anything else, I would love to be an astronaut or anything that has to do with space. I am a total space nerd!

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

How does it feel to be a Grammy nominated drummer? Where were you guys last night, where are you going tomorrow?

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I would have paid more attention to all amazing things that were happening in my early career instead of just being caught up in the moment.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Metallica …And Justice For All. I would go back and turn the Bass guitar up!!!





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