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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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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.   All This Could Be Yours
  6.   Miracle Mile
  7.   Audience
  8.   First
  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.   Santa Ana Winds
  17.   Mine Is Yours
  18.   Romance Languages
  19.   Avalanche in B
  20.   Fear & Trembling
  21.   Loner Phase
  22.   Saint John
  23.   Aeon
  24.   Red Wine, Success!
  25.   Expensive Tastes
  26.   St. John
  27.   Skip the Charades
  28.   Robbers
  29.   Water & Power
  30.   Royal Blue
  31.   Out of the Wilderness
  32.   Mexican Dogs
  33.   Sermons
  34.   Bulldozer
  35.   Baby Boy
  36.   Hair Down
  37.   Jailbirds
  38.   Tuxedos
  39.   Flying Upside Down
  40.   Broken Open
  41.   Coffee Spoon
  42.   Relief
  43.   Dreams Old Men Dream
  44.   Every Man I Fall For
  45.   Golden Gate Jumpers
  46.   Every Valley Is Not a Lake
  47.   Passing the Hat
  48.   Rubidoux
  49.   Romance Languages #2
  50.   Bitter Poem
  51.   Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  52.   Sensitive Kid
  53.   Against Privacy
  54.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  55.   Quiet, Please!
  56.   You Don't Come Through
  57.   On the Night My Love Broke Through
  58.   Bottled Affection
  59.   Cryptomnesia
  60.   Pregnant
  61.   Cold Toes on the Cold Floor
  62.   God, Make Up Your Mind
  63.   Pine St.
  64.   Minimum Day
  65.   Welcome to the Occupation
  66.   Expensive Tears
  67.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  68.   [Bonus Material]
  69.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  70.   Heavy Boots
  71.   Pregnant with Doubt
  72.   Vacation in Chicago
  73.   Well Well Well
  74.   Harmony in Silver
  75.   Drive Desperate
  76.   Hotel Anywhere
  77.   Go Quietly
  78.   Nights & Weekends
  79.   Hold My Home
  80.   Flower Drum Song
  81.   Harold Bloom
  82.   Hear My Baby Call
  83.   A Million Eyes (From Stella Artois - The Chalice Symphony)
  84.   Stop / Rewind
  85.   Amazing
  86.   One Song at a Time
  87.   Portuguese Bend
  88.   Thunderhearts