Music: Cold War Kids

It’s been an eventful seven years since guitarist/vocalist Jonnie Russell, vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust and drummer Matt Aveiro emerged from Russell’s Fullerton, Calif., apartment as Cold War Kids and began churning o

Aug 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

It’s been an eventful seven years since guitarist/vocalist Jonnie Russell, vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust and drummer Matt Aveiro emerged from Russell’s Fullerton, Calif., apartment as Cold War Kids and began churning out a distinct blend of Indie Rock, Blues and Garage Soul. In that relatively brief span, CWK has released three albums (including the latest, Mine Is Yours, which came out back in January), eight EPs and 10 singles, opened for Death Cab for Cutie, played the Glastonbury Festival, recorded for four labels, relocated three times and fended off allegations that they’re a Christian band.

But, really, what does it matter that Cold War Kids members lived in three cities and the band has been affiliated with four labels? It also really shouldn’t matter that three of the band’s members attended an Evangelical Christian university, and that the band’s lyrical message sometimes navigates an obvious spiritual/philosophical path. There's a certain stigma to being branded a Christian band, and Cold War Kids have stated over and over that they do not adhere to the stated goals and aspirations of a typical Christian band.

Cold War Kids play Madison Theater Friday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.