Scranton alt-rock band University Drive backs Cold on full US tour

Rich Howells

Over the past few days, gold-certified alt-rock band Cold, best known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked,” announced their coast-to-coast Black Sunday tour, and their own Alternative rockers from Scranton, University Drive, share stages with them on every date.

UD toured the country with Cold in 2019 as part of one of their first acts, but on this tour they are billed as “special guests” and will serve as live support.

The 36-date trek begins at Lovedraft’s Brewing Company (165 Gateway Dr., Mechanicsburg) on ​​Tuesday, March 29 and hits Brooklyn, Atlantic City, Orlando, Houston, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, Flint, Rochester, and more before se ending in Pennsylvania at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille (103 Slade Lane, Warrendale) on Sunday, May 15. New York rock band Black Satellite has also been confirmed as opening act.

“He’s a fucking man of honor. I’m still blown away that we were to be the 20 minute opener in 2019 – I never thought we’d be their direct support,” University Drive vocalist/guitarist Ed Cuozzo told NEPA Scene. .

“We are not a delusional group. We are well aware that there are so many large bands in our area and across the country, so we never, never expect something like this. So now that it’s happening, we’re so super grateful. I just can’t wait to get back on the road. »

Last week, UD premiered their latest song and music video, “Execution,” on NEPA Scene. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their third album, an emotional project that has been in the works for two years and is the follow-up to “Clear,” their well-received concept album which was named Album of the Year at the 2019 Steamtown Music Awards.

Cold also has several musicians from northeastern Pennsylvania in its ranks. The band was founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986 and enjoyed great success with the albums ’13 Ways to Bleed on Stage’ (2000) and ‘Year of the Spider’ (2003), but when lead singer/guitarist Scooter Ward reformed the band. a few years ago, after a hiatus, he began creating new material with a new lineup that included Berwick singer/songwriter Nick Coyle of Wilkes-Barre bands Lifer and Death Valley Dreams, who was soon named new guitarist for the band in early 2017 while working on Cold’s latest album, “The Things We Can’t Stop”, with Lindsay Manfredi on bass.

Jonny Nova, a member of Coyle’s Death Valley Dreams band and a NEPA native, officially became Cold’s rhythm guitarist in 2018 and also contributed to the album, which was released in 2019 via Napalm Records. The two joined Cold on the Broken Human Tour, the band’s first tour in more than eight years, featuring Awake for Days and University Drive — they even shot the music video for single “Without You” at Wilkes-Barre.

For their 2021 tour, Cold added Lifer’s Tony Kruszka on drums, and he will continue to play drums for the band on this 2022 tour. Back home, Lifer performed several shows with University Drive during for the past three years, so the bond between all these local musicians continues to grow stronger here and on the road.

“We love the Lifer guys so much. I think after making our initial connection on the road with Nick and the rest of Cold, it kind of blossomed from there. They asked us to do a gig with them at Stage West [in Scranton] right after the Broken Human Tour and we said OK – and then we kept on doing it! It was awesome – I really love playing with these guys. I think at the end of the day, we both have a mutual respect for what each other’s projects bring to the table. I think that’s why it works — we just get along and love each other,” Cuozzo said.

“As always, I just want to thank everyone and anyone for continuing to follow us on our weird musical journey. It’s so, so appreciated – we don’t take anything for granted, and we can’t wait to release this new record!

Photo by Maggie Kraser

Corina C. Butler