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Cold Snap hits the Boot



Who: Cold Snap

Where: The Boot Pub

When: Jan. 7

"We’re not pups, and we all appreciate really good music," so says Pip Euinton, of Esound and local band Cold Snap, playing Monday Madness at the Boot Pub.

The Cold Snap lineup includes Pip on guitar, Briton on bass, Phil Richard on guitar, chef Jordan White (of Uli’s Flipside) on a Hammond B3 and Greg Reamsbottom (of Hairfarmer) on vocals. Members of the band started the live jam night that currently happens Thursdays at the Boot Pub.

Their appreciation of music shows in the selection of songs the band regularly plays, including Heartbreaker and Good Times, Bad Times from Led Zeppelin, tracks from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Part III, as well as a little sky crying with Can’t Stand the Weather from the late Texas blues great Stevie Ray Vaughn.

"We first formed as a band out of developments at Esound (a Whistler-based business that provides sound equipment services for rock and DJ performances)," says Pip.

Occasionally Cold Snap will throw a few modern covers into the listening mix, with classic rock the focus but borrowing modern songs like Inner State Love Song, from the Stone Temple Pilots.

"There’s so much experience in the band, with 10 to 20 years among us, and everyone knows this music so well, agree on it and like it too," says Pip.

And the Stevie Ray Vaughn homage is a natural progression, with friend and colleague Colin James training for a time under Vaughn’s wing. James followed his time with Vaughn by releasing albums Colin James in 1989, and Sudden Stop in 1990, featuring the classic single, Just Came Back (To Say Goodbye).

As one fifth of Cold Snap, Pip brings 20 years experience in sound engineering and music making to the stage. His music service business moves into 2002 as the modernized Esound, with a cross-section of guitars in its stock, including those manufactured in both Korea and Mexico – often replicas of classic U.S. guitar models.

As sound engineer, past musical highlights for Pip include the Long John Baldry show at B.C. place for 20,000 fans, cross-Canada tours, and a blues ensemble show in Kansas City that featured Lee Oscar on harmonica.

But out of all the classic and modern rock available, why is Cold Snap concentrating on three bands to cover? "We keep coming back to the bands we all appreciate," said Pip. "(maybe) some Who down the road... You need to have that identifiability in the crowd, and we’re always chalking up ideas we’ve compiled."