Multi-talented Yorkshire musician Andy Watson (under the moniker of his music project “Cold Culprits”) is set to release his second single of 2021 on the 16th April. The track is titled “Keep on Rising”. It is inspired by the story of a Leeds boxer Josh Warrington who suffered a shock defeat to a Mexican underdog Mauricio Lara at Wembley Arena earlier this year, after being unbeaten during his entire career. The message the song is trying to portray is sticking at something that’s important to you, taking the knocks and inching your way forward to success. It’s about being able to focus on the long term; but also taking care of the day-to-day things that mean your dream of tomorrow doesn’t always just hang there like a dream, out of reach. It’s also about being able to cope with a big setback; then rising back up, stepping up and taking on the world again.

Andy explains “although sports was the original inspiration for this song, Keep on Rising seems to apply to so many things in life,” says Andy. “We all have our goals and dreams. We just need to keep plugging away, throwing those punches and shrugging off any setbacks. Just keep on rising. And remember why you started doing something in the first place.”

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The tune starts with a cascade of twinkling keys; before the drums kick in and then an infectious rolling guitar riff starts its course throughout the tune, with some nice six-string diversions along the way. If you have heard some of Cold Culprits recent tracks “My Sweetest Friend” and “The Great Escape” you won’t recognise Andy Watson’s vocals. He has really changed his style to give a tougher sound to match the subject, almost as if he is giving the boxer a pep talk in-between bouts like Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) in Rocky. It’s an interesting tune full of some great ideas, I feel though it’s somewhat under-produced and the sound could have a bigger more atmospheric feel to it to match a boxing arena atmosphere. Cold Culprits is a journey of experimentation and discovery for its creator and the tune more solid evidence of Andy’s continued diversity.

“Keep on Rising” is available everywhere, to download or stream from Friday 16 April, from here.


Words by David Chinery (Chinners).

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