by David Antony (@dbanthony)
This past August, New York trio Freezing Cold quietly released their three-song demo, which saw the band as carving out a space somewhere between knotty post-hardcore and plaintive indie rock. Post-Trash is premiering the video for “Shape of Escape” below, which was directed by Brendan McKnight and features art direction by George Stadnik. The video’s swirling color palette pairs well with the song’s swells, rising and falling in a similar way that forebears Seam and Codeine would. “Shape of Escape” simply distills Freezing Cold’s approach, which sees Jeff Cunningham (Ordinary Lives, Bridge and Tunnel) subtly turn a haunting guitar line into something anthemic. Drummer Angie Boylan (Aye Nako, Cheeky) doesn’t just give the song forward motion, but when she harmonizes along with Cunningham, the pair turn a simple melody into a chest-rattling declaration. Even when Cunningham’s guitar decays, the song is pushed forward by Nick Rice’s (Weed Hounds) bass playing, which fills up the empty space without being obtrusive. In full, the video for “Shape of Escape” shows Freezing Cold as a band that’s found its aesthetic early, exuding confidence in a way that feels natural and is more than welcome.