Cola share new track ‘Keys Down If You Stay’

Cola press photo
Photo Credit: Amy Fort

Last year, Cola, the new project from former Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy and US Girls/The Weather Station drummer Evan Cartwright, released their debut LP ‘Deep In View’ via Fire Talk Records. Earning praise from outlets like Pitchfork, NPR, FADER, Stereogum, Uproxx, Paste, BrooklynVegan, Consequence, Clash, NME and Rolling Stone who named the band an Artist You Need To Know and called their debut “one of the year’s most thrilling rock statements,” the album was one of the year’s most acclaimed debuts, and launched the band on a year of touring in support of the release.

Ahead of an extensive run of dates in the US, UK and Europe, the band are sharing their first new music since their LP, the tightly constructed Keys Down If You Stay. Watch the video for Keys Down via YouTube below.

A live staple for the band, Keys Down If You Stay captures Cola at their meditative best. Subdued but subtly propulsive, the track wrings an unusual tension from its sparse arrangement, built around a hi hat-centered beat that came to Cartwright in a dream.

“Evan woke from a dream one morning: the three of us jamming with the memory of this exact drum part still etched in his mind,” Darcy explains. “That was how this one started…

“‘Keys Down If You Stay’ has already become a live staple for us so we were thrilled to finally lay it down earlier this year. Our friend OK Pederson created the brilliant video for the track, a piercing and funny take on Cost Of Living.” 

Cola’s 2023 tour dates will begin in Toronto on April 19th at the great Baby G. 

Tour dates

04.19 – Toronto, CA @ The Baby G
04.20 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
04.21 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
04.22- Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
04.24 – Louisville, KY @ Whirling Tiger
04.25 – Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
04.26 – Memphis, TN @ Lamplighter Lounge
04.27 – Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke & Barrel
04.28 – Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s
04.29 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
05.1 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
05.2 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
05.4 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
05.5 – New York, NY @ TV Eye
05.13 – Montreal, QC @ La Sotterenea
05.20 – Cardiff, UK @ the Tramshed
05.21 – Manchester, UK @ YES (Basement)
05.22 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
05.23 – Birkenhead, UK @ Future Yard
05.24 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
05.25 – Ipswich, UK @ The Smokehouse
05.28 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
05.29 – Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew
05.31 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney
06.1 – Leffinge, Belgium @ De Zwerver
06.2 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rotondes
06.6 – Berlin, Germany @ Urban Spree
06.7 – Hamburg, Germany @ Aaalhaus
06.9 – Rotterdam, Germany @ Rotown
06.10 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merlyn
06.11 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret
06.12 – Paris, France @ L’international
06.13 – Cologne, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
06.14 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Bar

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