EP Review: The Cold Heart Revue – First Picture On The Wall


The Cold Heart Revue, also known as David Robinson, is a UK solo folk-blues act who has been the ‘Time Out Critic’s choice’ for music and appeared on the BBCs ‘The One Show’, alongside an incredible appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ in the US. The Cold Heart Revue has supported Madness in front of 13,500 people in Fratton Park, Portsmouth, and is now releasing his debut EP First Picture On The Wall. With its recent release, Thank Folk For That got the chance to listen to the EP that took David on an incredible journey. Having been recorded at the Brighton Electric Studios, a place that has had the likes of Foals and Royal Blood record in, this allows for a great entry into the acoustic world.

With its country vibes and bluesy style, the EP kicks off with the fantastic song (You’re A) Picture On A Wall. This song itself takes you on a nostalgic trip back to the sounds of Johnny Cash, someone who seems to influence The Cold Heart Revue. The use of the harmonica throughout allows this song to be taken from your typical acoustic song to a standout and amazing opening to the EP. The vocals of singer David Robinson himself are exceptional and effortless, with his guitar abilities being something that shows his talents are really up there with some of the best.

This EP debuts three other exceptional songs with After The Flood being a personal favourite. This song showcases singer David Robinson’s vocals with the rusty tone he conveys. Juxtaposing this next to his astonishing guitar abilities, this creates a song that should go straight to a number one spot. What amazes many about David is his incredible stage presence when playing these songs live. Having just played at the Isle Of Wight Festival and having myself been at many intimate gigs, it comes with no surprise that he will be supporting Bob Geldof, his idol, performing with the presence that comes by being a natural born star.

Stop The Hunt and The Last War are his final two songs on the EP, in which he showcases his skills with the harmonica. There is nothing disappointing about this EP. Its production values are as incredible as his song-writing and vocal ability. Still unsigned, the day The Cold Heart Revue gets his record contract will be a day remembered for years to come. He could be our generation’s Johnny Cash.

Rachel Allman


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