Cold Irons Bound – for success? We certainly think so. [Album review]

In the heart of inner city Melbourne the lauded, sticky-carpeted live-music venues of the 70s and 80s are now all but ghosts. Stricken by noise curfews and gentrification and mostly now replaced by ubiquitous, yawn-inducing apartment blocks. However amidst this broad-brush demise some stoic venues remain. Saved as much by their audiences as their owners. The Totes, Evelyns and Retreats et al.

The venues that remain are even more vital now as ‘new music’ incubators. As a musical nexus between new bands and fresh ears. Spotify is yet to be able to replicate the thud of a low bass note in your stomach or that crisp clean taste of the first pour from a jug.

So all is not lost. In fact far from it. Talent is all around and pleasingly sometimes it even comes to you! Such as in the case of four lads from Melbourne who describe themselves as…

Tom Petty jamming with Teenage Fanclub.

Oh yes Americana is alive and well in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Less than 12 months since Saint Jude’s wonderful breakout album, Saint Jude III, comes the twang and roll of the fabulous self-titled debut album from Cold Irons Bound.


Hitch the wagons. The Cold Irons Bound band are a coming.

Packed full of harmonies and jingle jangle guitars, this album straddles the spectrum of all things country rock. From the Byrds and Little Feat to Jackson Browne and latter day Tom Petty. Add  some Drive-By Truckers and Midlake to the mix and the influences are strong and well laid out on this fine album.

Produced by Saint Jude’s Brooke Penrose at his Captain B Studios, he captures a band honed and tight from many hours of live performance.

With the opening Black Crowe-like punch of ‘We’re Right On’, the album sets off on a dusty mid-western road trip. Twin guitars intertwine beautifully throughout. The slidework is superb.

Likewise, strong drawling vocals from guitarists Mark Adams and Ben Carter, may feel more like Dodge City than Brunswick, but give each of the songs an aura of authenticity. There doesn’t appear to be any weak tracks at all. ‘Easy When You Know How’, ‘Sure Is Funny’, ‘Porchlight’ and ‘Whenever You get Home’ jump out immediately, but this album sounds like a burner and one to stand up over time.

The quality of music emanating out of Melbourne is truly breathtaking. The Cold Irons Bound band are just another fine example.

Now available on CD, MP3 and streaming, the only question to ask is, where is the vinyl??

More Information.

You can catch Cold Irons Bound Album Launch at the Retreat Hotel, Brunswick on Sat 22 Oct from 7:30pm.

Cold Irons Bound Facebook


I love music. I mean I really, really love music. Music is my oxygen. I can’t play a note but I know what makes my feet tap….even if sometimes you do have to scratch the surface. I love to travel too. The music will always takes me somewhere. Bluesfest at Easter is my Christmas. Oh and I love vinyl. The sound, the smell and the feel. But CD’s are fine. Don’t let the nerds tell you otherwise! I read. Music bio’s mainly. But I’m passionate about Michael Connelly (author). And I still enjoy my Saturday morning coffee with newspaper spread in front of me. I despise commercial radio. I live in a busy household. My family is great. And loud. My stereo is louder!

Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.