Cold War Kids

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Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids at The Hype Hotel.jpg
Cold War Kids performing at the Hype Hotel in Texas at SXSW, 2013
Background information
OriginLong Beach, California
GenresIndie rock, blues rock, blue-eyed soul
Years active2004–present
LabelsDowntown Records (United States)
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
V2 (United Kingdom)
Monarchy Music (Early)
Websitecoldwarkids.com
MembersNathan Willett
Dann Gallucci
Matt Maust
Joe Plummer (indefinite member)
Matthew Schwartz (touring member)
Past membersJonnie Russell
Matt Aveiro (leave unknown)
 
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Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids at The Hype Hotel.jpg
Cold War Kids performing at the Hype Hotel in Texas at SXSW, 2013
Background information
OriginLong Beach, California
GenresIndie rock, blues rock, blue-eyed soul
Years active2004–present
LabelsDowntown Records (United States)
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
V2 (United Kingdom)
Monarchy Music (Early)
Websitecoldwarkids.com
MembersNathan Willett
Dann Gallucci
Matt Maust
Joe Plummer (indefinite member)
Matthew Schwartz (touring member)
Past membersJonnie Russell
Matt Aveiro (leave unknown)

Cold War Kids is an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Band members are Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Dann Gallucci (guitar, vocals), Matt Maust (bass guitar), and Joe Plummer (drums, percussion). Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, keyboards) was previously with the band, as is Matt Aveiro (drums, percussion) who's leave is either temporary or permanent. Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, guitar, vocals) is also a touring member with the band.

Forming in 2004 in Fullerton, the band's early releases came from independent record label Monarchy Music. In 2006, Cold War Kids signed with Downtown/V2 and released their major label debut Robbers & Cowards to cult appeal from fans and critics. 2008's Loyalty to Loyalty and 2011's Mine Is Yours saw the band develop different musical sounds and lyrical content throughout to mixed reviews. In 2013, Cold War Kids released their fourth album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Their upcoming fifth album Hold My Home is prepared for a release on October 21, 2014.

History[edit]

Early years and Robbers & Cowards (2004-2006)[edit]

Cold War Kids performing at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, 2007

Cold War Kids started in 2004 in downtown Fullerton when Nathan Willett, Matt Maust and Matt Aveiro met regularly in Jonnie Russell's apartment above a restaurant called Mulberry Street. Maust came up with the band's name during his travels in Eastern Europe with his brother in Budapest, where they found this park with these statues that had been dumped after Communism fell. Seeing that there was a playground in that park, he said "[So] being in that environment just made the phrase 'Cold War Kids' pop into my head. I may have heard it before. I'm a cold war kid, too -- I was born in 1979."[1] The band relocated to Whittier, California and began recording their first demo, which Monarchy Music released as the EP Mulberry Street (based on the restaurant they regularly met) in spring 2005. Between tours, the band released two more EPs: With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags, in 2006. Monarchy Music would re-release those EPs as one compilation album titled Up in Rags/With Our Wallets Full in 2006.

In summer 2006, Cold War Kids signed with Downtown Records and started work on their debut album. The album titled Robbers & Cowards was released on October 10, 2006 with sales close to 200,000 copies.[2] Critics were impressed with the band's blues rock sound and lyrics that told morose tales of yesteryear: Joe Tacopino of PopMatters said that "These ambitious youngsters are definitely worth the trip, even without the ostentatious vocal harmonies."[3] Jeff Weiss of Stylus Magazine called the album "[It’s] a good debut, maybe even a very good one. Whether or not this band will achieve greatness remains anybody’s guess."[4]

Loyalty to Loyalty (2008)[edit]

After two years of non-stop worldwide touring and an eventual relocation to Long Beach, California, Cold War Kids went back into the studio in spring 2008 with the producer of their first record, Kevin Augunas. Nathan described the record making process: “Throughout the record making process, we would write songs in our own little practice studio, then we’d go into the studio for, like, two days and record three or four songs, then go back into our own practice studio for, like, a few weeks. So really it was over the span of four months or something. Actual studio days probably like 15 days. We don’t love being in a studio; we focus more on the writing.”[5]

The band's second album, Loyalty to Loyalty, represented a departure from its debut, featuring a lot of narrative storytelling, as well as political and philosophical references. In an interview with NPR, Nathan described the songwriting process for the album: "The choices that we make have always been organic ones, to try to grow at a rate that makes sense," Willett says. "Not necessarily talking about, 'Is there a great single? Is this a big breakthrough for us? Is this the next level for us?' But just write songs. Yeah, there is a stress, and the way we deal with it is to ignore it."[6]

Loyalty to Loyalty was released on September 23, 2008 to generally positive reviews from critics.[7] Bart Blasengame of Paste called it "a better-than-solid album from a band that seemed equipped to someday make a classic one."[8] James McMahon of NME said that "Almost in defiance of poor sales and cult following, CWK and their charming second album embody everything you hoped music might be."[9]

Behave Yourself and Mine Is Yours (2009-2011)[edit]

The band spent the end of 2008 and most of 2009 on the road touring for the album, highlighted by a national tour with Death Cab for Cutie.[10] In between touring, the band returned to the studio to record what would become their seventh EP Behave Yourself. In an interview with Flavorwire, Maust talked about the differences between this and Loyalty: "It’s basically the happier, more vibrant songs that didn’t really fit on the [Loyalty] album. We realized that in a way, we were starting to work ahead of ourselves, so this [EP] works as a nice bridge between records."[11] Behave Yourself was released digitally on iTunes on December 21, 2009[12] and given a physical version on January 19, 2010.

Cold War Kids performing at Cal Day 2010 in UC Berkeley on April 17

The band went back into the studio in February 2010. Nathan, when speaking to Filter Magazine, said, “Album three is in the works now. We are working with a producer named Jacquire King. He has a sweet and eclectic roster of Modest Mouse, the last Norah Jones record, Tom WaitsMule Variations, the last Kings of Leon record...So, he is going to work miracles with us. All of our music has always been written entirely by us, without any influence, so to have him step in and help us with the direction is tremendous. I was just watching the Wilco Documentary again, and I think that in many ways Wilco is to country/Americana as Cold War Kids is to soul/punk. We are taking what we do to the next level on this record. The EP is the final reminder of the good old days of quick and fun, minimal Cold War Kids recording."[13]

Mine Is Yours was released on January 25, 2011 and garnered mixed reviews from critics.[14] Billboard said that "the band has emerged with a set that's more inviting than its first but just as catchy."[15] Sean O'Neal of The AV Club said that the album has "the bland sound of a band trading identity for ambition."[16] They supported the album with a spring tour across North America[17] that included festival appearances in Bonnaroo and Coachella.[18][19] On February 8, 2012 the band announced that lead guitarist Jonnie Russell left the band due to personal reasons.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts and Hold My Home (2012-2014)[edit]

On January 2012, the band announced that former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci would take Russell's place in the band and premiere on their new single "Minimum Day".[20] On January 15, 2013, the band announced a new single, "Miracle Mile" for their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. The latter was released on April 2, 2013.[21] They followed that up with a digital-only EP titled Tuxedos, released on September 17, 2013. They promoted both efforts with a US headline tour that ended on November 6, 2013.[22] On November 2013, they announced that a fifth album was in the works.[23]

On November 10, 2013, the Orange County Register reported that drummer Matt Aveiro had left the band, and that Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer would be holding his place indefinitely. It is unclear whether or not Aveiro's leave is permanent or temporary.[24]

On March 2014, they collaborated with Belgian brewer company Stella Artois and sonic inventor Andy Cavatorta for a project titled "Chalice Symphony", that involved using the brewer's famous drinking glasses as instruments for the band to use to record the track "A Million Eyes".[25] The behind-the-scenes videos were used as commercials and were uploaded on the brewer's YouTube page.[26] The song was released on iTunes on March 3, 2014[27] and the music video that went along with the track premiered on YouTube on April 4, 2014.[28] On May 2014, Willett and Maust worked on a side project with We Barbarians' Nathan Warkentin called French Style Furs. The project's debut album Is Exotic Bait was released on July 8, 2014.[29]

On July 15, 2014, the band released the first single, "All This Could Be Yours" from their fifth album Hold My Home, which is prepared for an October 21 release.[30]

Musical style[edit]

AllMusic's Heather Phares cites Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley and The Velvet Underground as influences for the band's blues rock-influenced indie rock sound.[31]

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
[32]
US
Alt.

[33]
AUS
[34]
AUT
[35]
BEL
(FL)

[36]
BEL
(WA)

[37]
FRA
[38]
NLD
[39]
SWI
[40]
UK
[41]
Robbers & Cowards17343799635
Loyalty to Loyalty
  • Released: September 23, 2008 (US)[43]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2162029954868
Mine Is Yours
  • Released: January 25, 2011 (US)[44]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
215956541288584
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  • Released: April 2, 2013 (US)[45]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
52114896142149
Hold My Home
  • Release: October 21, 2014 (US)
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
TitleAlbum details
iTunes Live from SoHo
  • Released: December 2, 2008 (US)[46]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums
TitleAlbum details
Up in Rags/With Our Wallets Full

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
[32]
Mulberry Street
  • Released: June 15, 2005 (US)[48]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
With Our Wallets Full
  • Released: November 2005 (US)[49]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
Up in Rags
  • Released: January 2006 (US)[50]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
We Used to Vacation
  • Released: November 27, 2006 (US)[51]
  • Label: V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, 7", digital download
Live at Fingerprints
  • Released: September 23, 2008 (US)[52]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Live from the Paradiso
  • Released: December 2, 2008 (US)[53]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Behave Yourself
  • Released: January 19, 2010 (US)[54]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
177
Live at Third Man
Tuxedos
  • Released: September 17, 2013 (US)[56]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[57]
US
Alt.

[58]
US
Rock

[59]
BEL
(FL)

[36]
NLD
[39]
UK
[60]
"Hair Down"2006Robbers & Cowards
"We Used to Vacation"[61]
"Hang Me Up to Dry"2007122[A]2657
"Hospital Beds"140
"Something Is Not Right with Me"200839Loyalty to Loyalty
"I've Seen Enough"[63]
"Audience"200939Behave Yourself
"Louder Than Ever"2010314881Mine Is Yours
"Skip the Charades"[64]2011
"Finally Begin"[B]99
"Royal Blue"[C]94
"Minimum Day"[65]2012Non-album single
"Miracle Mile"201322Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
"A Million Eyes"[27]2014Non-album single
"All This Could Be Yours"Hold My Home
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hang Me Up to Dry" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.[62]
  2. ^ "Finally Begin" was released as a promotional single.
  3. ^ "Royal Blue" was released as a promotional single.

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