You know how when you're a kid and it rains, your parents try to get you all excited about puzzles or making a fort or playing with clay for way too many hours just to keep you quiet? Cold Showers sounds like a band that was raised on those rainy days, but now that they're all grown up, so instead just stare pensively out a window, writing gloomily pretty tracks when it pours. "Violent Cries," like the rest of their excellent Love and Regret (out Oct. 9th on Dais), makes a home in misery and begrudging acceptance, but doesn't overdo it with the downer vibes. It's music that uses sadness as a tool to make pop songs—it's not the focus, but it hangs over every spindly bass line.
Download: Cold Showers, "Violent Cries"