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Cold War Kids

Long Beach, California's Cold War Kids make music with roots that go deep and wide, embracing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, and the Velvet Underground. 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. They spent much of 2006 on the road with Tapes 'n Tapes, Figurines, Sound Team, and Editors, and appeared at that year's Lollapalooza. That summer, they signed to Downtown Records, also home to Art Brut and Gnarls Barkley. The band's full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards, arrived that fall. Loyalty to Loyalty, which moved in a slower, bluesier direction, was released 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, Mine Is Yours, arrived in early 2011. For 2013's Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, the band added former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci (who co-produced the album with Lars Stalfors) to the fold. Though several of the band's members 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 produced by Gallucci and Stalfors, the album was released in October 2014. ~ Heather Phares
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Cold War Kids

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Albums by
Cold War Kids

Top Songs by
Cold War Kids

  1.   Song
  2.   Hang Me Up to Dry
  3.   Louder Than Ever
  4.   Hospital Beds
  5.   Miracle Mile
  6.   All This Could Be Yours
  7.   First
  8.   Audience
  9.   I've Seen Enough
  10.   We Used to Vacation
  11.   Finally Begin
  12.   Something Is Not Right with Me
  13.   Hot Coals
  14.   Lost That Easy
  15.   Tell Me in the Morning
  16.   Mine Is Yours
  17.   Santa Ana Winds
  18.   Thunderhearts
  19.   Romance Languages
  20.   Royal Blue
  21.   Water & Power
  22.   Sensitive Kid
  23.   Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  24.   Jailbirds
  25.   Red Wine, Success!
  26.   Nights & Weekends
  27.   Aeon
  28.   Bitter Poem
  29.   Loner Phase
  30.   Golden Gate Jumpers
  31.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  32.   You Don't Come Through
  33.   Skip the Charades
  34.   Hear My Baby Call
  35.   Passing the Hat
  36.   Romance Languages #2
  37.   Tuxedos
  38.   Broken Open
  39.   Cryptomnesia
  40.   Mexican Dogs
  41.   Saint John
  42.   Hair Down
  43.   A Million Eyes (From Stella Artois - The Chalice Symphony)
  44.   Flower Drum Song
  45.   Hold My Home
  46.   Hotel Anywhere