Dubbed “South Wales’ loudest group”, Cardiff’s James and the Cold Gun have returned with a propulsive new track, “Chewing Glass,” a slice of raw, insistent garage-rock and their first new music since their debut EP, False Start, came out earlier this year.

The track is out today via Seattle-based label Loosegroove Records, owned by Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) & Regan Hagar (Malfunkshun, Brad, Satchel). 

“What a relief…hard rock with a shot of pure adrenaline” says Stone Gossard, “”Chewing Glass” reminds me of The Damned meets The Dead Boys. Simple and fricken slamming. Thanks again KEXP Seattle for turning us onto James and Cold Gun.” 


Frontman James Joseph had the following to say about the themes behind their new single:

“Chewing Glass” was written during a time where I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. The verses are a conversation with myself in the mirror at a low point where I’m re-evaluating all of my decisions – in essence, it’s a song about being down on your luck but persisting anyway. It’s our first self-produced song, which in itself was an act of persistence, but we’re super happy with the result.”


Early releases from the band have been rapidly building support from some of rock’s most respected tastemakers including Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Radio 1 and more.

Recent touring included the band at 2000 Trees Festival as well as joining Pearl Jam’s BST Hyde Park alongside Pearl Jam, Johnny Marr, Temples, Tigercub and more. 

The band are currently working on their new full length album set to be released in 2023 and will be making their American touring debut at next year’s 2023 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. 

James and the Cold Gun are: 

James Joseph – Guitar and vocals
James Biss – Lead guitar 
Peter Smith – Bass guitar 
Al Jones – Guitar 
Jack Wrench – Drums 

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