The Cold and Lovely is the brainchild of Meghan Toohey (The Weepies, Lenka, Schuyler Fisk), and Nicole Fiorentino (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Spinnerette). After several years as a producer and session player, Toohey returned to her roots as a songstress, writing the band’s eponymous debut album. When her songs achieved placements on television shows such as Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, she knew she was on the right path. Now, with Fiorentino currently off her Smashing Pumpkins touring cycle, the band has had time to focus on their second album, Ellis Bell. The six song E.P. was recorded primarily in Toohey's home studio and mixed/mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups/M83).
Reflecting on the new album, Toohey says: “With the first record, we were just getting our feet wet. Working together during this past year has matured our relationship, and I wanted to our second record to reflect this growth. I dug deep into albums that changed my life, such as My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, PJ Harvey’s entire catalog, and the work of bands like The Cure and U2. But it was Nicole and the band who really helped me shake out the sound and pinpoint what I loved about the guitar tones and production. We wanted more grit in this record and the result is, for me, incredibly fresh and exciting - dark and brooding but at the same time joyful."
Toohey and Fiorentino are staunch believers in empowering young women and girls through music education. Both are volunteers and supporters of Rock N' Roll Camp For Girls in Los Angeles.