Cold War Kids Return With Two New Songs
Cold War Kids have released two new songs -- "Complainer" and "4th of July" -- the first new music from the Los Angeles, CA-based band in more than two years. The songs will be part of an album called NEW AGE NORMS due in the fall; more details to follow soon. "Complainer" and "4th of July" are available now via CWKTWO/AWAL at all DSPs and streaming services.
LISTEN TO "COMPLAINER"
LISTEN TO "4TH OF JULY"
Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), "Complainer" marks Cold War Kids's first co-write with multi-platinum songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Rita Ora) and Electric Guest's Asa Taccone.
Cold War Kids will embark on a major U.S. headline tour, with the dates beginning October 4at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT. They will then travel through late November (see attached itinerary). Fan presales begin Wednesday, June 19 at 10 am PT - please subscribe to the Cold War Kids mailing list for password. General Admission sales begin Friday, 21 at 10 am (local). Additional dates will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.coldwarkids.com.
As if all that weren't enough, Cold War Kids have slated a summer festival schedule that includes Louisville, KY's Forecastle (July 12), West Linn, OR's Polo Noir (July 27), Long Beach, CA's ALT 98.7 Summer Camp (August 3), Waynesville, OH's Bellwether Festival (August 9), and Glen Ellen, CA's Sonoma Harvest Music Festival (September 22). Furthermore, Cold War Kids will join AJR for "Jeep On The Rocks," a very special one-off concert event, set for October 5 at Morrison, CO's world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
COLD WAR KIDS
U.S. TOUR 2019
12 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival *
27 - West Linn, OR - Polo Noir *
3 - Long Beach, CA - Alt 98.7 Summer Camp *
9 - Waynesville, OH - Bellwether Festival *
22 - Glen Ellen, CA - Sonoma Harvest Music Festival *
4 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
5 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
8 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Jones Assembly
9 - Dallas, TX - The Rustic
10 - Houston, TX - The Rustic
11 - San Antonio, TX - The Rustic
12 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Forever ***
14 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
15 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
16 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues Anaheim
17 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theater
18 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
22 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
* Festival Performance
** Jeep On The Rocks w/AJR
*** Benefit Concert
Over their career, Cold War Kids have fielded music's seismic shifts while simultaneously sticking to their own game plan. Over the course of a dozen releases - including seven studio albums, multiple EPs, and 2017's live collection, AUDIENCE - on majors and indies alike, non-stop tours and the festival circuit's biggest stages, massive radio and streaming successes as well as a few lineup changes of their own, Nathan Willett and his band have become a major part of the modern landscape.
Coming off of the high water marks of 2014's HOLD MY HOME - with its smash single, "First" - and 2017's acclaimed LA DIVINE, Willett began to hone in on what was most exciting and integral to him in both the Cold War Kids recipe as well as in the current music climate. While on tour in the summer of 2018, he and the band obsessed over the seemingly never-ending stream of Kanye West-produced records being released (particularly gravitating to those by Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and Kid Cudi), enamored of their breezy compactness and fresh feeling. Willett became excited to explore a working relationship with his longtime producer of favor, Lars Stalfors. Upon Willett's return to Los Angeles, the pair entered the studio to write a very specific type of album.
"The idea that those Kanye records were coming out every month felt so cool, very of the moment," Willett says. "Eight songs, a very digestible amount of music that just keeps coming. And it really sunk in how fun it was to experience those in real time with all of us together. I wanted to do that with Lars-to make a record with just a writer and a producer. So it began a whole new chapter, what I would call Cold War Kids 2.0. I think the approach, sonically, was in taking apart the idea of what the band is and just trying to take the doors off a bit to see where it can go."
"Complainer," the first song written for NEW AGE NORMS, is a call to transcend and do something constructive rather than dwell on all the things that might drag us down, its message inspired Willett throughout the recording process. "4th of July," with Willett's falsetto delivering a laid-back but withering chorus as the beat pops smoothly around him, is a song about the mixed feelings Americans can encounter on patriotic holidays spent in celebration but without a context of appreciation.
"For me, the songs are always the most important piece of Cold War Kids," Willett says. "And in them, having a strong message and maintaining a positive energy and output-and not just rage and conflict-is so important, and what can set us apart. But at the same time, we're doing an old thing: rock 'n' roll! I don't want to completely intellectualize it, because we don't have this liberal, politically correct agenda. We set out to make a rock and roll record. But, the person that I am, the band that we are, the values that we have are in these songs. They're not tropes of rock and roll urges; they're in pursuit of a new value, a better world. And it's not so clear cut what those are, but these are the new age norms."
Cold War Kids is: Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Matt Maust (bass guitar), David Quon (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, percussion), and Joe Plummer (drums, percussion).