Our Story

The Cold Year combines the raw power and DIY attitude of garage rockers with an obsession for jazz. All of this comes bundled with dark poignant songwriting, and a raucous, irreverent live show that's sure to make you feel things you thought you had buried long ago.  

Lead singer and guitarist Matthew Skaggs takes influence from classic genre tropes he grew up with, like the rock star attitude of heavy blues, the storytelling of classic folk artists, and the technicality of classic gypsy jazz greats. He's an accomplished guitarist and not half-bad at murderin'.

Bassist and backup yeller Mitch Shepherd comes from a background of jazz, hardcore, and pop punk. He combines the showmanship and energy of a pop punk bassist with the hard hitting bass lines of a hardcore kid, all the while effortlessly mixing in the smooth easy tones and grace of a jazz master. He enjoys long walks on the beach and shoplifting.

Drummer and backup singer Columbia Jones comes from the world of prog and folk. Able to switch between heavy hitting rock drums and soft smooth jazz riffs in the blink of an eye, he uses his flexibility as a drummer to complement and enhance the genre blending styles that are so common in The Cold Year. Besides playing drums he's also a male model for "funny hats and beards magazine".