Feb. 3, 2005

Crossfade Gets Hot with ‘Cold’ And Takes on SnoCore Tour

By Randy J. Klodz

Many fans may not have been able to yet put a band name with the hit song “Cold,” but the quickly successful rock band Crossfade is hoping you soon will. Crossfade is prepared to embark on this year’s installment of the popular SnoCore Tour, which this year features Chicago-native rockers Chevelle headlining, and rock bands Helmet, Future Leaders of the World and Strata also scheduled to perform. The SnoCore Tour runs through Chicago’s Congress Theatre on Feb. 12.

The South Carolina-native quartet—which features Ed Sloan (lead vocals, guitar), Mitch James (bass/backing vocals), Tony Byroads (vocals/turntables/sampler) and James Branham (drums)—has quickly sold more than 500,000 copies of their self-titled debut album without the aid of their own headlining tour.

Sure, it helps to have a single such as “Cold” blow up rock radio, but the heights seem endless for Crossfade, as the band plans to release another single, “So Far Away,” and potentially hit the road on its own headlining tour. But the members of Crossfade just take this sudden success in stride.

“It really hasn’t sunk in to any of us yet, we’re on tour and we haven’t really done a major headlining thing,” said Crossfade bassist Mitch James, “so we’re riding on other bands’ coattails at this point. We can tell that the crowd is into us, and a lot of them are there just to see us.”

The single “Cold” has earned its way into Top 40 radio rotation with its catchy rock riffs and 3-way vocals, a unique aspect the band tries hard to duplicate during live shows. James noticed, as a concert fan, that he was often disappointed when his favorite bands couldn’t duplicate live the sound his favorite bands showcased on CD.

“The album has such a powerful stack of voices, and every band I always saw, I always liked it when they sounded just like the record because that’s just what I associated with it,” James said. “And with us being able to sing the 3-part harmonies that are on the record evidently impresses a lot of people,” he said. “We hear a lot how that’s different from a lot of bands with just one singer, and that you can hear every nuance that was on the CD to begin with.”

Congress Theatre is at 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for with a show start time scheduled for 5 p.m. For more information on Crossfade log on to www.crossfadeonline.com.

Crossfade Photo: Eric McNatt