Cold War Kids


Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids performing at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, 2007
Background information
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Downtown Records
Co-Op
V2
Monarchy Music
Website coldwarkids.com
Members
Matt Aveiro
Matt Maust
Jonnie Bo Russell
Nathan Willett

Cold War Kids are an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Band members are Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Matt Maust (bass guitar), and Matt Aveiro (drums, percussion).

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History

Cold War Kids started in 2004 in downtown Fullerton in guitarist/vocalist Jonnie Russell's apartment above a restaurant called Mulberry Street, whose name they would eventually use as the title of their first EP. The band relocated to Whittier, California and began recording their first demos, which Monarchy Music released as the Mulberry Street EP in spring 2005. Between tours, the band released two more EPs: With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags, in 2006. In summer 2006, Cold War Kids signed to Downtown Records and released their debut LP Robbers & Cowards that fall.

After two years of non-stop touring around the world, and relocation to Long Beach, California, Cold War Kids went back into the studio 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.”[1]

The band's second album, Loyalty to Loyalty, represented a departure from their debut in featuring a lot of narrative storytelling, as well as political and philosophical references. In an interview with Blackbox Magazine, Nathan described the record as “Being a little darker then the first." "The title, 'Loyalty to Loyalty,' comes from the philosopher Josiah Royce. He said people need to live in community with each other, and he was reacting to Nietzsche who came before him, saying people need to rise above—you need to be the strongest individual you can and rise above the masses. But this guy Josiah Royce is saying that you need to not rise above the masses, that you need to embrace your community. His paper was called 'Loyalty to Loyalty.'”

The band spent the end of 2008 and most of 2009 on the road touring the record, highlighted by a national tour with Death Cab for Cutie. In between touring, the band returned to the studio to record what would become the Behave Yourself EP. Willett describes the album, “These 4 songs were recorded sometime between “Loyalty” sessions and now. They didn’t belong there but they kept hanging around, starting trouble, made friends and insisted their story be heard.” Like their most recent releases, Behave Yourself was released on Downtown Records.

The band went back into the studio in February 2010. Nathan speaking to Filter Magazine, “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."[2]

Members

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
Alt.

[4]
US
Ind.

[5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
BEL (Fla)
[8]
CHE
[9]
FRA
[10]
NLD
[11]
UK
[12]
2006 Robbers & Cowards 173 15 43 79 96 35
2008 Loyalty to Loyalty
  • Released: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Downtown/V2
  • Format: CD, DI
21 6 3 20 29 48 68
2011 Mine Is Yours
  • Released: January 25, 2011
  • Label: Downtown/V2
  • Format: CD, DI
21 5 9 56 54 85 128 84
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Extended plays

Year Album details US
Ind.
[5]
2005 Mulberry Street
2006 With Our Wallets Full
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Monarchy Music
  • Format: CD
Up in Rags
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Monarchy Music
  • Format: CD
We Used to Vacation
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: V2
  • Format: CD
2007 Live from SoHo
  • Released: 2007
  • Label:
  • Format: DI
2008 Live at the Paradiso
  • Released: 2008
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
Live at Fingerprints
  • Released: 2008
  • Label:
  • Format: CD
2010 Behave Yourself
  • Released: January 19, 2010
  • Label: Downtown
  • Format: CD, DI
48
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[13]
US
Alt.

[14]
BEL (Fla)
[8]
NLD
[11]
UK
[12]
2006 "Hair Down" Robbers & Cowards
"We Used to Vacation"
2007 "Hang Me Up to Dry" 122 26 57
"Hospital Beds" 140
2008 "Something Is Not Right with Me" 39 Loyalty to Loyalty
2009 "I've Seen Enough"
"Audience" 39 Behave Yourself
2010 "Louder than Ever" 31 81 Mine Is Yours
2011 "Skip the Charades"
"Finally Begin" 99
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References

  1. ^ Cory Carroll (2008-09-16). "Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett on ‘Loyalty to Loyalty’ - BlackBook". Blackbookmag.com. http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/cold-war-kids-nathan-willett-dishes-on-new-album/4161. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ "News – Q & A: Cold War Kids (Part 1)". FILTER Magazine. 2010-01-04. http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/news/entry/cold_war_kids_q_a_part_1. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Cold War Kids Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/cold-war-kids/chart-history/767713?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Cold War Kids Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/cold-war-kids/chart-history/767713?f=794&g=Albums. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Cold War Kids Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/cold-war-kids/chart-history/767713?f=326&g=Albums. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Discography Cold War Kids". Hung Medien. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids" (in German). Hung Medien. http://austriancharts.at/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Discografie Cold War Kids" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids" (in German). Hung Medien. http://hitparade.ch/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids" (in French). Hung Medien. http://lescharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  11. ^ a b "Discografie Cold War Kids" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. http://dutchcharts.nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Cold+War+Kids. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  12. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Chris C. – CZR". Zobbel. http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_C.HTM. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Cold War Kids Album & Song Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/cold-war-kids/chart-history/767713?f=379&g=Singles. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  14. ^ "Cold War Kids Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/cold-war-kids/chart-history/767713?f=377&g=Singles. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 

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