The Cold and Lovely is made up of three seasoned L.A. music scene veterans Meghan Toohey (The Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk), Nicole Fiorentino (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette) and Patty Schemel (Hole, Imperial Teen, Juliette and the Licks). A long time session player and producer, front woman Toohey decided it was time to get back to her roots as a songstress which resulted in last year's full length self-titled album. Having received several song placements on television shows such as Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, Toohey knew she was on the right path with her songwriting. With Fiorentino currently off her Pumpkins touring cycle, the band has had time to focus on their sophomore record, Ellis Bell. The 6 song E.P. was recorded primarily in Toohey's home studio and mixed/mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups/M83).
Reflecting on the new EP, Toohey says: “With the first record, we were just getting our feet wet. Over the last year of working together during our downtime from playing with other bands, it became evident that there was something special with this group. Nicole and Patty's styles really helped me shake out the sound of our new EP Ellis Bell. I also dug really deep into albums that changed my life, such as My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, PJ Harvey’s entire catalog, as well as other timeless bands like The Cure and U2. I tried to pinpoint what I loved about the guitar tones and production. I wanted there to be a grit to this record that I hadn't truly expressed the way I wanted to on the first record. The result is something I think is incredibly fresh and exciting, dark and brooding but somehow joyful at the same time."