All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

Cold Blooded @ the Pin’s Side Stage, 6/2, 8:50pm

How did the group get together?

We formed four years ago and most of us had jammed with or knew one another from other bands in the Spokane music scene. Myself (Ethan, vocals) and Chris Williams (guitar) are the only two left from that initial line up. But the last few years the core of the songwriting was the two of us, so the spirit of the band remains intact. We recently welcomed Matt Simmons on bass and Joel Visterfield on drums.

What is your favorite song to play live?

Personally, my favorite song to play live—right now anyway, because it is always changing—is “There Will Be Blood.” It is the first song I wrote lyrics to and is a crowd favorite. It’s a short, thrashy rager, and it is just a blast to play live. We have played it so many times it has become muscle memory. We don’t even have to think about when we play it, it just comes naturally now.

What goes into making a great setlist?

It is all about the ebb and flow. We are a fast and heavy death/hardcore band, so all the songs are fast and loud. But we like to kick the crowd in the teeth to start, then in the middle play some of the songs with more slower sludgy hardcore parts, songs that have a bit more dynamics. Then we like to end on crowd favorites like “Fall On Your Sword” or “There Will Be Blood.”

Who are you most excited to see at Volume?

I am really excited for Ras Kass. He is a legendary underground rapper that has worked with Dr. Dre, and he is also a labelmate on Blackhouse Records. I never dreamed I would get to share a stage with an artist like that, and it is a dream come true. Also Slug Christ, another rapper on our label.

If a Spokanite stumbles into a Cold Blooded show during Volume, what type of show are they likely to see? Anything special planned?

They are going to see a high-energy metal/hardcore show with blood, sweat and beers flying around. We are also filming this set for a live video to help promote our new album, Thoneburner, out July 22 on Blackhouse Records. So if you like it fast-paced and loud come check us out.

Answers by vocalist Ethan Kennedy. Follow Cold Blooded on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here.


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