The Cold Year is a bastard jazz trio based out of Orem, Utah. The band is comprised of Matthew Skaggs on lead vocals and guitar, Mitch Shepherd on bass and Columbia Jones on drums. Their heavy garage rock foundation is made unique with the addition of gypsy jazz inspired instrumentation and poignant and dark storytelling. 

Music Video 

Dearest Yearlings,

The music video is done! Received the final cut today and we're so hyped to share this with all of you. Enjoy some trippy stills from the video before our music video premiere in May! 

Don't forget to always Praise the Goat! 

Utah Music Festival 

Hello our lovely Yearlings,

We were selected to play the Utah Music Festival this year! We will be playing alongside a ton of other amazing bands at a ton of other awesome venues in SLC. The bands playing include...

The Cold Year, SKYE, Matthew and the Hope, Vaydr, Badfeather, Ginger & The Gents, Scenic Byway, House of Lewis, BARBALOOT SUITZ, Opal Hill Drive, The Johnny Utahs, Coral Bones, Belle Jewel Music, Lost in Bourbon, I Hear Sirens, JANA and the Rebels, Listen Out Loud - LOL, Grits Green, Burnell Washburn, Missy Lynn, Stephanie Mabey, American Hitmen, Festive People, Amber Lynn, Ashley Hess, Brumby, Carver Louis and Old Lincoln Highway Band, GrapeGrass, Jody Whitesides, MiNX, Secret Abilities, Cherish A. Degraaf, Martian Cult, Perish Lane, Le Voir, Spirit City, Crook and The Bluff, Grey Glass, Vintage Overdrive, Arizona Sun, Motion Coaster, Eighth Day, Advent Horizon, and more! 

For $20 you can get a 3 day pass to see all the great music. Or you can just pay $6 and come to The Royal on March 3rd at 9pm to see us blow the roof off the entire venue. If you use the checkout code COLDYEAR you will be helping us out a great deal. 

We want all of our good friends there because when you attend you will have a chance to vote for us to go on and open for this years Twilight Concert Series. That's a very big deal and would help us immensely. So come out, have a drink, grab a burger, and Praise the Goat with us. This show is gonna be incredible. 

Thanks to Everybody 

The music video shoot went wonderfully. We'd like to thank you all for coming and making it a great time. We will be updating you as we go along. All the friends who signed the email list will be getting updates as they go. Until then, please whet your appetite for weird culty things with the following photo from the shoot (note the pizza slice in Columbias hand)

Music Video shoot on January 21st 

 The Cold Year is making their first official music video and we need YOUR help. 


We will be holding a "cult" meeting at The Boxcar Studios on the 21st of January to shoot the first ever Cold Year music video. Entry is free. Kool-Aid will be provided (as well as hot chocolate and coffee) and we will be shooting the main chunk of the scene in the evening at around 5pm and we will go until the crowd shots are finished. We will have some extra blank white t-shirts if anybody doesn't have one. Please come and support our little vision and have a hell of a lot of fun with us. 

This event is family friendly so feel free to bring kids. 


More T-Shirt Designs 

Our friend Tommy Gunn, from the awesome band Mythic Valley, made up this badass design for t-shirts and posters. Let us know what you think and maybe you'll see it on your sexy sexy body in the future. 


T-Shirt Designs 

While we take a break I decided to get some t-shirt designs done. These beautiful designs were done by our very good friend Reina Meza. Tell us what you think, and keep your eyes open for these shirts and more on sale at our next show.  

Taking a quick break 

Hello our wonderful Yearlings,

As some of you may know, Columbia's wife Elizabeth is having a baby in early December. So The show on the 28th at ABG's is gonna be the last one we will be playing for quite a while. But when we do come back next year we will be coming back with some new material, and some new tracks for ya'll to listen too. 

Stay cold, stay clean and always remember to Praise the Goat.

The Cold Year

Praise the Goat is official 

Hello my dear Yearlings,

WE DID IT! I drove up to Big Bryan Sansom's place yesterday and picked up the official final master of the album. I listened to it in the car, with our producer Jason. And can I just say it was surreal. Hearing the album knowing it's complete was a strange ephemeral experience. Each track went by in an instant and every moment and beat was something that really moved me it was something I was not prepared for. I kept having to remind myself that this was final. That it is forever engraved into that CD and that once the art and booklet were done it'd be finished. So much stress and worry lifted from my shoulders during that hour long drive home. 

The release date is officially set for September 10th at the Sheffield house in SLC. Its going to be an intimate and quite little evening of amazing music. We'll be joined by the incomaprable Little Moon, Clavicles, and Mortigi Tempo. I hope you're all ready to see me cry like a bitch once it's all said and done. Because this album has caused me more stress, worry, and happiness than I have felt in a long time. 


New website!  

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Previous events

Skaggstock 2017

Skaggs house, 2113 w 475 s, Orem, UT

Skaggstock 2017 is happening. The lineup this year will be the best yet. Featuring some of the best local talent in Utah County.

Dead Metro The Mystic The Cold Year Breezeway City of Salt Cecily


The Cold Year, Branson Anderson, Salduro at ABG"s

ABG's, 190 Center St, , Provo, UT

The Cold Year will be playing at ABG's with Branson Anderson and Salduro from Logan. Come and get blackout drunk with us so we can get Mitch a new kidney.

Advent Horizon, Veio, Lost in Bourbon, The Cold Year @ Muse Music

Muse Music, 247 Center Street, Provo, UT

The Cold Year will be playing with local legends Advent Horizon, and an incredible Portland Prog Rock band Veio. We will also be joined by our good friends in Lost in Bourbon.

Queenadilla, Breezeway, The Cold Year, Mythic Valley Valentines show

Muse Music, 247 Center Street, Provo, UT

The Cold Year will be joined onstage by the wonderful Queenadilla, Breezeway and Mythic Valley for a night of romantic love and good old fashioned blues rock n' roll. Kissing booth and chalk candy provided.


Music Video Shoot @ The Boxcar Gallery

The Boxcar Studios, 156 W 500 S, Provo, UT

The Cold Year is filming their first ever music video. Come and be a part of this FREE event! IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING PLEASE WEAR A BLANK WHITE T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS.

Mortigi Tempo, Queenadilla, The Cold Year @ ABG's

ABG's, 190 Center St, , Provo, UT

The Cold Year will be sharing the stage with Mortigi Tempo, and Queenadilla. Come to the show and dress up and get a drink or two.


The Cold Year live at Magna Main Street Arts Festival

Magna Arts Festival, Main Street, Magna, UT

Bands: 12:00 to 1:00pm — The June Brothers 1:30 to 2:30pm — The Lombardy Boys 3:00 to 4:00pm — The LoveStrange 4:30 to 5:30pm — The Naked Waiters 6:00 to 7:00pm — The Cold Year 7:30 to 8:30pm — Will Baxter Music


The Cold Year live at KRCL

90.9 KRCL

The Cold Year will be performing live on air on the "Not a Sideshow" program hosted by Circus Brown. Tune in to 90.9 fm to hear some tracks off of Praise the Goat.