Cold War Kids

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Cold War Kids
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Cold War Kids performing at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, 2007
Background information
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Indie rock, blues rock, soul
Years active 2004–present
Labels Downtown Records (United States)
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
V2 (United Kingdom)
Monarchy Music (Early)
Website coldwarkids.com
Members Matt Aveiro
Matt Maust
Dann Gallucci
Nathan Willett
Matthew Schwartz (Touring Member)
Past members Jonnie Russell

Cold War Kids is an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Band members are Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Dann Gallucci (guitar), Matt Maust (bass guitar), and Matt Aveiro (drums, percussion). Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, keyboards) was previously with the band. Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, guitar, vocals) is also a touring member with the band.

History[edit]

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 worldwide touring and an eventual 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 its debut, 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 than 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 album, 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 described 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, when speaking to Filter Magazine, said, “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]

On January 15, 2013 the band announced a new single, "Miracle Mile", for their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. On July 31, 2013, "Miracle Mile" was featured in the NBC series Camp episode "Valentine's Day in July". The latter was released on April 2, 2013.[3]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
Alt.

[5]
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
BEL
(FL)

[8]
BEL
(WA)

[9]
FRA
[10]
NLD
[11]
SWI
[12]
UK
[13]
Robbers & Cowards 173 43 79 96 35
Loyalty to Loyalty
  • Released: September 23, 2008 (US)[15]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 6 20 29 95 48 68
Mine Is Yours
  • Released: January 25, 2011 (US)[16]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
21 5 9 56 54 128 85 84
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  • Released: April 2, 2013 (US)[17]
  • Label: Downtown, V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
52 11 48 96 142 149
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
Title Album details
iTunes Live from SoHo
  • Released: December 2, 2008 (US)[18]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums
Title Album details
Up in Rags/With Our Wallets Full
  • Released: February 2006 (US)[19]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: LP

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[4]
Mulberry Street
  • Released: June 15, 2005 (US)[20]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
With Our Wallets Full
  • Released: November 2005 (US)[21]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
Up in Rags
  • Released: January 2006 (US)[22]
  • Label: Monarchy
  • Formats: CD
We Used to Vacation
  • Released: November 27, 2006 (US)[23]
  • Label: V2
  • Formats: CD, LP, 7", digital download
Live at Fingerprints
  • Released: September 23, 2008 (US)[24]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Live from the Paradiso
  • Released: December 2, 2008 (US)[25]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Behave Yourself
  • Released: January 19, 2010 (US)[26]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
177
Live at Third Man
Tuxedos
  • Released: September 17, 2013 (US)[28]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[29]
US
Alt.

[30]
US
Rock

[31]
BEL
(FL)

[8]
NLD
[11]
UK
[32]
"Hair Down" 2006 Robbers & Cowards
"We Used to Vacation"[33]
"Hang Me Up to Dry" 2007 122[A] 26 57
"Hospital Beds" 140
"Something Is Not Right with Me" 2008 39 Loyalty to Loyalty
"I've Seen Enough"[35]
"Audience" 2009 39 Behave Yourself
"Louder Than Ever" 2010 31 48 81 Mine Is Yours
"Skip the Charades"[36] 2011
"Finally Begin"[B] 99
"Royal Blue"[C] 94
"Minimum Day"[37] 2012 Non-album single
"Miracle Mile" 2013 22 Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
"A Million Eyes"[38] 2014 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hang Me Up to Dry" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.[34]
  2. ^ "Finally Begin" was released as a promotional single.
  3. ^ "Royal Blue" was released as a promotional single.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carroll, Cory (2008-09-16). "Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett on ‘Loyalty to Loyalty’ - BlackBook". Black Book Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ Lieu, Lynn (2010-01-04). "News – Q & A: Cold War Kids (Part 1)". Filter. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. ^ Cosores, Philip. "Cold War Kids: Dear Miss Lonelyhearts". Paste. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Discography Cold War Kids". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Discografie Cold War Kids". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Discografie Cold War Kids". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Discographie Cold War Kids". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in the United Kingdom:
  14. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Robbers & Cowards – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Netowrk, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ Phares, Heather. "Loyalty to Loyalty – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Phares, Heather. "Mine Is Yours – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Phares, Heather. "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "iTunes Live from SoHo by Cold War Kids". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cold War Kids - Up In Rags, With Our Wallets Full (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ (track listing) Mulberry Street (Media notes). Cold War Kids. Monarchy Music. 2005. MCM 004-1.
  21. ^ (track listing) With Our Wallets Full (Media notes). Cold War Kids. Monarchy Music. 2005. MCM 005-2.
  22. ^ (track listing) Up in Rags (Media notes). Cold War Kids. Monarchy Music. 2006. MCM 006-2.
  23. ^ "We Used To Vacation EP – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  24. ^ Carino, Paula. "At Fingerprints – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Live from the Paradiso – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  26. ^ Phares, Heather. "Behave Yourself – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Cold War Kids – Live At Third Man (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Tuxedos – EP by Cold War Kids". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  32. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  33. ^ "We Used To Vacation – Cold War Kids". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Cold War Kids – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  35. ^ (track listing) I've Seen Enough (Media notes). Cold War Kids. V2 Records. 2008. COOPR0108.
  36. ^ "Modern Rock – Airplay Archive". FMQB (Mediaspan Online Services). Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Minimum Day – Single by Cold War Kids". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  38. ^ "A Million Eyes (From Stella Artois – The Chalice Symphony) – Single by Cold War Kids". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 

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