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Interview With Elissa Of Cold Kingdom

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Born of Minneapolis in 2014, Cold Kingdom is a full-out, juggernaut hard rock band that dispenses a lethal combination of fury and sentiment, delivering emotional lyrics wrapped in an unbreakable hard rock casing.

Cold Kingdom brings an unfailing drive to play energy-filled shows every time they walk on stage, a quality that gets ever-rarer in today’s arena. In their years of performing live they've had the experience of touring the west coast in support of Shinedown and opening for acts such as Chevelle, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, and Nonpoint, as well as contributing to some of the Midwest’s largest music festivals, including Northern Invasion, RockFest, Summerfest, Moondance Jam, and Halfway Jam. Their first released album, "The Moon and the Fool," brought their musical dreams roaring to life, with the singles "Crash Poet," "Let it Burn," and "Surrender" quickly becoming fan favorites. Their eponymous EP, produced by Shinedown’s Eric Bass, further pushed their rock to an even greater creative edge with songs like "The Break" and "Perfect Chambers". Their long-awaited full length album release for 2019 represents a creative outpouring for the band, with "A New Disaster" leading the charge.

More than just a band, this close-knit family is always looking forward to new challenges, new venues, and new fans, because that’s what it’s all about to Cold Kingdom: the fans. The Midwest is their home, but they’re excited to grow and make new friends all around the country, bringing their distinctive sound to all corners, both domestically and beyond. Cold Kingdom is also forever thankful to the friends, family, fans, bands and companies that so significantly contribute to their success.

Emmy: How did the name come about?

Elissa: We're proud of the fact that we come from Minnesota, we love the people and to us it really does feel like our kingdom and our home. But also it gets very cold. Like, too cold.

Emmy: How would you describe your genre to someone who isn't familiar with your music?

Elissa: High energy, loud guitars, catchy and powerful vocals, big drums, melodic keys and synths, and knuckles of Taco Bell fire sauce.

Emmy: How did the band form?

Elissa: So, Cold Kingdom started as Evan just wanting to record some of his songs, and not even necessarily starting a band. So, in comes Ian Combs, our producer, who helped find the right team for the job, and it ended up turning into Cold Kingdom. There have been member changes over the last five years, and Collin and I became members about a year ago. We all kind of knew or knew of one another, and Ian actually produced my and Collin’s previous band’s full length album.. so he was super on board with me taking over on lead vocals. And now we are all besties.

Emmy: What are some of the artists that influence you?

Elissa: Lacey Sturm, Halestorm, Birds of Tokyo, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI, Meg Myers, Alannis Morrissette

Emmy: If you could tour with any artist or band (still active or not) who would it be?

Elissa: Just to name a few— 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI, Halestorm, Starset, Birds of Tokyo, Shinedown.. Lacey Sturm is definitely an artist I’d love to tour with. I love that you asked this question and included the option to put in bands that are not active. Because now I can add Flyleaf!!! Ooh, and Bad Seed Rising!

Emmy: What's your favorite show you've played?

Elissa: Oh man, they’ve all been so fun. At this point, my favorite has got to be the ‘Into the Black Sky’ album release show. It was such a great night of celebration, and it was our first hometown show! We played with Eaon and Emergent, who are both hometown bands as well, and Arson City came in from Omaha, NE to play!

Emmy: What's the future hold for Cold Kingdom?

Elissa: SHOWS. This summer, we are hitting the road and have shows just about every weekend. We have a few festival dates as well, so I’m stoked on that. Definitely looking forward to it. We are looking to broaden our reach and grow into new markets.

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