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Lowbrow-loving pop peddlers release record this Saturday

click to enlarge Expect classics and new jamz from The Warps on Saturday
  • Expect classics and new jamz from The Warps on Saturday

Imagine cruising through a Slip 'n Slide on the hottest day of summer. Add The Ramones, The Smoking Man from The X-Files and a can of Zoodles, and you'll only be having half as much fun as if you were at a Cold Warps show.

The pop-punk sensations release the self-titled and Endless Bummer tapes on 12-inch vinyl this Saturday at The Khyber. With Noyes Records, the tapes were re-mastered by Seth Smith for a more cohesive sound. And---"like canned cranberry sauce," says bassist Ryan Allen---a Cold Warps show is "something you only get a few times a year."

Guitarist Dominique Taylor lives in Ottawa, making Cold Warps a "long-distance band." Because of this, singer Paul Hammond says that when they are finally together, they don't have time to be serious: "Our only goal is to have as much fun as possible."

This attitude is likely why Cold Warps has attracted fans from far and wide, "without really trying that hard, in terms of promotion," Hammond says. Coming from hardcore bands, Hammond and Taylor started Cold Warps "to be silly," punking up '60s pop riffs.

"We were listening to The Nerves and The Beatles when we realized we could channel the same ideas with so much less, and way dumber," Hammond says. But when an imitation is more than just a copy, the outcome can be so much more interesting. "The parts that aren't quite right are the parts that are the coolest," he says. "But still lowbrow."

With "super lo-fi" songs about lame parents and stupid tattoos, "we're almost poking fun at the idea of lowbrow itself," Hammond says. "I mean, I'm 31, writing songs as a joke from the perspective of an idiot teenager and I think that's funny," he says. "We want to embrace that willful stupidity mostly because it's just really fun."

Hammond hopes that the first Cold Warps show of 2012 will be a wild one. Allen, a ramen noodle man, says, "show up early for Long Weekends."


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