Thursday night saw one of, if not, the biggest shows of the year in San Diego as powerhouse bands Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails teamed up for a US tour. The black horse of the bunch, was opening artist Cold Cave, the moniker for the music by Wesley Eisold.
Cold Cave is Eisold’s first venture into instrumentation, after previously being lead vocalist for hardcore bands. Born without a left hand has focused his musicality in the electronic direction. Throughout the years, he has managed to release 2 albums while simultaneously working and touring with artists such as Beck and Patti Smith.
Described as a ”collage of darkwave, noise, and synthpop,” Eisold is accompanied on stage by Amy Lee, who has been touring with him for the past year. Both set up with their own keyboard, a video showing the rolling ocean paying in the background (a contrasting, but very interesting juxtaposition), the duo plays through a fairly quick set. While Lee stays fairly still and quiet manning her half of the songs, Eisold moves away from his position to emotively sing through the songs. His voice is deep and emotive, another fine contrast to the music that accompanies it. Definitely worth rocking up to that Nine Inch Nails/ Soundgarden show early to catch a peek for yourself.