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Cold War Kids, one of the only real survivors of the blog-buzz era, are still going strong and steady. Last Friday, the Long Beach, California, group released their sixth album, L.A. Divine, via Capitol Records.

They celebrated the release of the new album here in New York with a special intimate in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC for fans who purchased the album from the store. They performed a seven-song set that included a few songs from the new record, a few older cuts like “Something Is Not Right With Me,” as well as a cover of Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain.”
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Cold War Kids and Elliot Moss at Terminal 5 (March 20, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 21st 2015 — with 1 comment

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One of the reasons We All Want Someone exists is because of bands like Cold War Kids. Looking back at the California band’s now impressive ten year history, they got a big boost from music blogs that helped jump start their young career. Watching the effect that blogs had on bands like Cold War Kids made me want to be a part of this culture. Ironically enough, one of the first posts that I did was about the release of “Something Is Not Right With Me.” It was the first post to garner even the slightest bit of attention, and gave me a well needed push to believe that I could actually do something with the blog, and here we are today.

Somehow seven years have passed since that moment, and Cold War Kids are still very much alive and kicking. Last night they sold out Terminal 5 along with tourmate Elliot Moss and showed that there’s plenty of gas left in the tank.
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[new]: Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile

By Will Oliver, January 22nd 2013 — with 3 comments

Cold War Kids - Miracle Mile

On April 2 Cold War Kids will release their new album Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. They have released the albums first single “Miracle Mile.”

Their last album, 2011’s Mine Is Yours, had some nice moments but was lacking on the whole. “Miracle Mile” has that epic Cold War Kids sound that won so many of us over during the early blog golden age. It’s good to see them still going strong after all these years. Hopefully the rest of Dear Miss Lonely Hearts is as rock solid as “Miracle Mile.”

Cold War Kids @ Catalpa Music Festival (July 29, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

I remember reading about Cold War Kids as a 14-year-old enamored with these new music blogs. Who knew that I would be one of these blogs, getting a chance to cover and photograph the band. It’s mind blowing.

It was a cool thing to see them going strong after all these years. People thought they were just a product of blogs, but they have risen above that, becoming a steady force on the scene. They played a few new songs, along with “Hang Me Up To Dry” and “Hospital Beds”, two songs that really did play a large role on the formation of this blog.

Check out a set of photos from their set below.
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[music video] Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2011 — with 1 comment

Liking Cold War Kids music video for current single, “Louder Than Ever”. Watch it below:

As a bonus, check out their live performance of a stellar new song called “Skip The Charades”. It’s making me really excited for the new record:

[new] Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2010 — with 1 comment

Cold War Kids are hitting 2011 early with their new album Mine Is Yours. About a week ago they dropped the first piece of music from the album with “Royal Blue”. Now they have given us a chance to download their new single “Louder Than Ever”, for free.

The song is a top notch tune. Anyone who had doubts about the band after their last release will be happy to know that this band is back in full form. I don’t know if they’ve sounded this good since their early days.

This is anthem ladies and gentlemen. Cold War Kids are coming back swinging. Grab it below via RCRD LBL:

[mp3]: Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever

[new] Cold War Kids – Royal Blue

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2010 — with 4 comments

As previously reported, Cold War Kids are releasing a new album on January 25th of 2011 called Mine Is Yours.

They have put up a new song from Mine Is Yours called “Royal Blue” for streaming, and it’s quite a sunny track. The bassline is fat, the vintage rock sound is still there, but there is something different about this new tune. It’s upbeat and sunny and the band sounds comfortable.

Gone is the pressure of the always feared 2nd album. The band seems like they are back to doing there thing. They aren’t worried about the haters anymore. That’s the way it should be.

Stream “Royal Blue” below:

Cold War Kids – Royal Blue by weallwantsome1

Cold War Kids Announce New Album: Mine Is Yours

By Will Oliver, October 13th 2010 — with 1 comment

Well look at that. Cold War Kids are returning with a brand new album to kick of 2011 right. On January 24th, 2011 the band’s 3rd album, titled Mine Is Yours, will be released on Downtown Records.

The album will consist of 11 new songs, recorded in three months in Nashville Tennessee, and Los Angeles, California. Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) recorded/produced the album.

Here’s how lead singer Nathan Willett described the songwriting on Mine Is Yours:

“I got home from tour and realized I was married. All my friends had either jumped in the deep end of a relationship or had drowned. When did things get so serious? We fought growing up but the wild nights and free-for-all caught up with us. Some people got out in time and others had permanent damage. For this record, I wrote about the joys and failures of commitment all around me.”

Sounds like this albums going have some pretty dense lyrical content. Hopefully they can combine that with the thrilling, hungrier music found on their great debut album. I hope Cold War Kids can recapture that magic.

Cold War Kids – Audience Of One

By Will Oliver, November 16th 2009 — with 4 comments

Ah, Cold War Kids. How I miss the days of your initial blog buzz. CWC’s were practically hailed the saviors of indie rock, with sold out gig, after sold out gig. Their debut album was very solid, giving us memorable songs like “Hang Me Up To Dry” and “Hospital Beds”. They came back with their 2nd album, and sadly it was somewhat forgettable.

When Cold War Kids debuted “Something Is Not Right With Me” as their 2nd album’s single I was sort of half for it, and half disappointed. Ultimately I decided It lacked omph. It turned out it was the first warning sign about their sophomore album. Sophomore slumps are never fun!

Hear we are in November, 2009. Fear not, Cold War Kids are back. For real this time!! They are releasing a brand new EP called Behave Yourself this January. One of the songs is currently in our hands, and it is good!

The song is titled “Audience Of One”, and it sounds familiar….Familiar to the hungry, passionate Cold War Kids that you all went crazy for back in 2006. The band that had plenty of passion, and a lot to prove.

Nathan Willett lays down soulful vocals, that border R&B at some points. The chorus really brings back a lot of the sentiments that I got from their early EP’s:

Warmth and familiarity.

This is more like the old Cold War Kids. It’s good to have you back!

[mp3] : Cold War Kids – Audience Of One

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Album Review: Cold War Kids – Loyalty To Loyalty

By Will Oliver, October 6th 2008

Flashback to 2006. Cold War Kids were probably “the” blog band of the year.Their success was due to nonstop touring and great early EP’s. They put on energetic live shows that got their name spread from their hometown of Fullerton, California all the way to New York and everywhere in between. We all knew their songs by heart. Honestly who was not singing ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’, ‘We Used To Vacation’, ‘Hospital Beds’ in ’06? Everyone and their dog was into this band. They even opened for Muse for a bit! Now it is late 2008 and they finally released their highly anticipated follow up to their debut album. To be honest it seems many of the same bloggers who hyped Nathan Willett’s band to the sky, were the same ones who gave no shit about them anymore.

I however was eager to digest their sophomore album ‘Loyalty To Loyalty’. The sophomore album is always the toughest one for a band. You work your whole career crafting your debut album, then have a year to write another one. I can understand why a band’s 2nd album would be a daunting task. Cold War Kids do provide a decent follow up but it does have many flaws. The first two songs ‘Against Privacy’ & ‘Mexican Dogs’ are a solid start to the album (and sound good together) creating the familar Cold War Kids sound. You got Nathan crooning his stories just as well as before. Some songs reminded me of the 2nd half of ‘Robbers & Cowards’: Decent but almost filler compared to songs like ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’. The songs sometimes take forever to get to the point/good and by the time it does, it is hard to get moved. Unfortunatly for me some of the songs at the end of this album started to blend together and sound the same. That is not a good thing. Songs like ‘Every Valley Is Not A Lake’ and ‘Welcome To The Occupation’ show promise but don’t quite reach their full potential.

There are some bright spots though. Their single ‘Something Is Not Right With Me‘ is a great track that showcases everything right about Cold War Kids. The song is upbeat, catchy, and the band sounds tight. Nathan Willets dilevery adds something special to the song as well. ‘I’ve Seen Enough’ is a dark horse hit. It has a perfect transition from the lackluster ‘Avalanche In B’ and has a dark atmosphere that has it all. This song makes you remember why you were a fan of Cold War Kids. You only wish the rest of Loyalty To Loyalty sounded this sweet.

Don’t get me wrong the album is not terrible. There are two pretty standout singles that are well worth your time. Album closer ‘Cryptomnesia’ is a pretty good finish ending with a really lush conclusion. There are also tons of slower ballads that failed to captivate me like the songs on their debut album did. Yes, they do create atmosphere but it isn’t enough. This is sadly what prevents me from really liking this album. Maybe these songs are growers? If so, it didn’t happen with me. They probably could have shortened the album to 10 tracks easily.

All in all this is a pretty nice follow up. The band has so much going for them, I think next time around they should get back to their faster songs with a few ballads only to regain their breath. It is their strength. The songs do sound nice, but they feel too safe for me. Lets hope that their 3rd album showcases their talents like we hoped.

Rating: 6.8

  1. Against Privacy – 4/5
  2. Mexican Dogs – 4/5
  3. Every Valley Is Not a Lake – 3.75/5
  4. Something Is Not Right With Me – 4.75/5
  5. Welcome to the Occupation – 3.75/5
  6. Golden Gate Jumpers – 3/5
  7. Avalanche In B – 2/5
  8. I’ve Seen Enough – 4.75/5
  9. Every Man I Fall For – 2.75/5
  10. Dreams Old Men Dream – 3/5
  11. On The Night That My Love Broke Through – 2.5/5
  12. Relief – 3/5
  13. Cryptomnesia – 3/5

Cold War Kids – Something Is Not Right With Me (MP3)

Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough (MP3)

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