The Cold Year’s newest album, Prey for Me, isn’t a critique of religion so much as it is a conversation about it, one that lyricist and guitarist Matthew Skaggs finds therapeutic. On the album, the band explores the highs and lows of depression, the feeling of having left organized religion, as well as the comfort that comes from physical media. The trio—made of Matthew Skaggs on lead guitar, Mitch Shepherd on bass and Josh Cannon on drums—describes their genre as “bastard jazz,” music that draws on jazz theory and bastardizes it with techniques that draw the sound toward an psychedelic-indie feel.


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