We were invested far before knowing the venture. There is suffering - an anguish - in the voice of d.c.R. Pollock as he tells the story he calls “Cold Bath.” Pollock made the emotional investment in the tale and we willingly followed. Well-crafted music has the force to carry the listener, even before the vehicle’s makeup is clear.
The lyrics of “Cold Bath” are embedded below. Our understanding evolved with repeated listens and the confidence in the understanding hasn’t fully congealed, but the song is a first-person account of a man who chances upon seeing someone he knows in a magazine ad for a coat. He knew the model “back when.” She “got her dream,” while he is traveling, perhaps as a long haul truckdriver. Think Harry Chapin’s “Taxi,” but with a truck and without an ending seeped in irony.
The protagonist in “Cold Bath” is still is emotionally attached, “She gets to me like El Paso heat.” And when he talks to his brother, who is being criminally prosecuted, the brother notes a strain in the voice that indicates it’s been too long since the last contact with Lianne.
The anguish is enhanced in the later half of “Cold Bath” by mournful backing vocals. The story behind the song’s release relates to a “near miss” in ever hearing this gem:
“This song was originally one of about 40 songs written for a full length record coming up, but didn't end up making the final cut. I loved the song but didn't have the funds to take it to a studio, so I just sat on a demo of it for about a year. It wasn't until a heat wave hit my city, Costa Mesa CA, that I remembered it. I was taking out the trash at my work and I just kept mumbling some of the lyrics about the heat. That convinced me that I should just release the demo. So I had a friend throw a quick master on it, drove home on my lunch break, and posted it in time to be back and finish my shift. It takes about two weeks to upload to most streaming sites, so I posted it to SoundCloud so people could hear it while it was still boiling outside.”
As noted, d.c.R Pollock is from Costa Mesa, California. He is Dave Pollock. He deserves more attention.