Luke Warm and The Cold Ones – Five Questions With

Luke Warm

Luke Warm and The Cold Ones share melancholic Americana kissed track “Paradise Lost”

Thunder Bay, ON’s Luke Warm and The Cold Ones have shared a nostalgic and reflective single, the alternative and folk rock-inflected “Paradise Lost.” Written by lead singer Greg Chomut after visiting a friend he hadn’t seen in a while, the song’s lyrics flowed out of him.

Emotive guitars, earnest vocals, and the violin skills of Dreamhouse Studios’ Kara MacKinlay create a melancholic overture that illustrates the importance of caring for what you have before it’s too late.

The variety of influences that their five members bring to the band creates a sound that is familiar and new at the same time. Everything from punk to folk, metal, classic rock and hip hop seamlessly blend into a refreshingly contemporary sound.

Much of their music focuses on the more painful side of the human condition, but in a fun way that gets people moving and having a good time in a therapeutic manner.

Listen to “Paradise Lost” below, and learn more about Luke Warm and The Cold Ones via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are a rock band based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. We try to make music that is reflective of the Northern experience of living in a small Canadian town. The band consists of Luke Warm (lead vocals/bass), Hillary McDowell (Piano/Vocals), Kyle Oikonen (Rythm Guitar/vocals), Carlo DeAgazio (Lead Guitar), and Angus Haapa (Drums). We feel that the variety of influences we all bring to the band creates a sound that is familiar and new at the same time. Much of our music focuses on the more painful side of the human condition, but in a fun way that gets people moving and having a good time in a therapeutic way.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

This song is about how time keeps moving on, and if you look closely, you can see little windows into the things that have been left behind. I have always been attracted to old houses or areas of town with run-down buildings and burnt-out lights. There is beauty in the memories they store of a time that they were new and thriving, supporting life, families, and activities that, in turn, care for them as well. There is also something special in the way nature reclaims anything that is left behind, creating something new.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Inspiration comes from different sources for different songs. Some are based on the experiences of different members of the band, some are about our friends, and others are just based on a feeling. Most of our songs start from a jam that sticks out and then starts snowballing into something more. Sometimes it can take forever to finish a song. Still, for our most recent release (paradise lost), the words and melody just flowed into my head while driving down the highway in a really organic way, and when I brought it to the band, everything just came together similarly.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to tell us about?

We have a few shows lined up locally throughout the fall and winter as we work on writing and recording. The next one is on September 30th at one of our favourite places in Thunder Bay, “The Foundry.”

What’s your goal for 2022?

Our goal in 2022 is to finish recording our first full album and to work on a plan to go on tour in 2023.

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