The litigious ordeals of AN/GUTG didn't end with the name change, or the band itself. Allegedly, Pete Wentz was such a huge fan that he decided to plagiarize some of their lyrics; Eisold and Fall Out Boy settled out of court in 2007. "Honestly, I haven't even discussed that situation with Wes, and I don't care to," states Cossar. "That band is lame. Plain and simple."
Stylistically, Eisold's transition from AN/GUTG to Cold Cave is inexplicable — until an examination of his old lyrics reveals that, unlike standard hardcore singers, he wasn't screaming politics or aggression toward unspecific targets. He was talking about his "feelings" and shit. But that's okay. The band showed us that we don't have to weep about our "feelings"; it's also possible to scream about them until our throats bleed — and then maybe smash some things.
"In our teens, Wes and I agreed that reunions are lame," writes Cossar in an e-mail after our phone interview. "We promised each other that we would never do one. Here we are in our 30s, and hardcore 'kids' have grown into young adults who still hold onto their punk ethics and care about our band. That speaks volumes to what we created, and how do you ignore that?"
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