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Embracing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, and the Velvet Underground, Cold War Kids grew from blog darlings into a band with a contemporary yet classic sound. Founding members vocalist/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust, drummer Matt Aveiro, and guitarist Jonnie Russell began crafting their soulful, blues-inflected take on indie rock as Cold War Kids in 2004, recording demos in Los Angeles soon after they formed. After signing to Monarchy Music, Cold War Kids released their debut EP, Mulberry Street, in spring 2005. The band's unique sound and impassioned live act generated a buzz -- particularly from bloggers -- that grew with each tour and release. Maust's clean but eye-catching designs for EPs like With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags and the group's website also added to Cold War Kids' mystique. In 2006, they signed to Downtown Records and their full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards, arrived that fall. The band relocated to Long Beach, California after spending two years on the road, and delivered their bluesy, introspective second album, Loyalty to Loyalty, in 2008. On Behave Yourself, an EP that had a digital release late in 2009 and was issued on CD early in 2010, Cold War Kids emphasized their soulful ballads. In 2010 the band went into the studio with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon). Their third album, the polished Mine Is Yours, arrived in early 2011. Late in 2012, Russell departed Cold War Kids, with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci joining the band for 2013's Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, which he also co-produced with Lars Stalfors. A few months later, the digital-only EP Tuxedos arrived. At the end of the year, Aviero left the group and was replaced by Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer. Though Maust and Willett worked on the side project French Style Furs -- whose debut Is Exotic Bait arrived in 2014 -- Cold War Kids also returned that year with Hold My Home. Recorded at the band's personal studio and once again produced by Gallucci and Stalfors, the album was released in October 2014. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Cold War Kids

Top Songs by
Cold War Kids

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Hang Me Up to Dry
  3.   Louder Than Ever
  4.   Hospital Beds
  5.   All This Could Be Yours
  6.   First
  7.   Audience
  8.   Miracle Mile
  9.   I've Seen Enough
  10.   We Used to Vacation
  11.   Something Is Not Right with Me
  12.   Hot Coals
  13.   Finally Begin
  14.   Tell Me in the Morning
  15.   Santa Ana Winds
  16.   Mine Is Yours
  17.   Cold Toes on the Cold Floor
  18.   Lost That Easy
  19.   Loner Phase
  20.   Tuxedos
  21.   Saint John
  22.   Romance Languages
  23.   Relief
  24.   Quiet, Please!
  25.   St. John
  26.   Royal Blue
  27.   Robbers
  28.   Mexican Dogs
  29.   Hair Down
  30.   Passing the Hat
  31.   A Million Eyes (From Stella Artois - The Chalice Symphony)
  32.   Hear My Baby Call
  33.   You Don't Come Through
  34.   Pine St.
  35.   Romance Languages #2
  36.   Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  37.   Jailbirds
  38.   Baby Boy
  39.   Minimum Day
  40.   Flying Upside Down
  41.   Bulldozer
  42.   Broken Open
  43.   Sermons
  44.   Coffee Spoon
  45.   Cryptomnesia