‘Cold Christmas’ was written for the annual ‘A Very Cherry Christmas’ compilation by Cherryade Records and was released on its own right as a digital single on 9th December via Happy Robots.
This is no Cliff Richard Christmas hit, though. A relentless krautrock beat propels a driving synth bass line layered with Cromwell’s signature ARP synth strings and a thumping bass guitar. It is the most knowingly gothic song that Cromwell has released to date.
As the UK descends into another round of austerity, the lyrics of ‘Cold Christmas’ are like ‘Eleanor Rigby’ turbo-charged for 2022. “Julie wanted a Christmas tree until she fell into poverty, the house is cold, and the lights are off, and now she’s getting a nasty cough”.
Since the release of his debut ‘Age of Anxiety’ album, Rodney Cromwell has been featured by the likes of NME, Electronic Sound, Huffington Post, Paste, Shindig!, Louder Than War, The Big Takeover, Magic RPM and the Bandcamp homepage. He’s had national radio play in Japan, Finland, and Germany and multiple spins on RTE in Ireland, on BBC 6Music in the UK and RNE3 in Spain for whom he recorded a live session.
Live Rodney Cromwell has played shows with acts including Pram, Marsheaux, Death & Vanilla, M!R!M, Rowetta, Steve Davis, A Flock of Seagulls and Blancmange.