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Caleb Chapman (vocals and guitar), Will Chapman (drums) and Scott Mills (guitar) have been doing business as Colony House (above, performing “Second Guessing Games” for Audiotree TV) since forming six years ago in Nashville. After self-releasing several EPs, influenced by the likes of U2 and Cold War Kids, the optimistic trio put out their debut full-length, When I Was Younger (stream it below), last year, impressing the folks at Paste magazine: “Once you have hit play a few times, the songs open up and reveal more about themselves. They’re authentic, but just like authenticity isn’t something instantly seen, these songs hold up well over time and prove themselves again and again.”
Upbeat Nashville four-piece COIN (above, doing “Fingers Crossed” for Hype Machine)— Chase Lawrence (vocals and keys), Joe Memmel (guitar and vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Zachary Dyke (bass)—released their self-titled debut full-length (stream it below) a few months back. AllMusic makes comparisons to Vampire Weekend, the Strokes and the Killers, and declares, “At ten songs and 35 minutes, COIN is brief in the fashion of any classic LP but that also feels like a coincidence, a happy accident from a band raised in an era when everything old is always new and nothing ever goes away.”
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The Cold War Kids’ current tour brings them to Terminal 5 on Friday night. And although the show sold out quickly after it went on sale, The House List is giving away two tickets. Don’t have any but want to go? Then try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Cold War Kids, 3/20) and a brief message explaining which song off the California five-piece’s fifth LP, Hold My Home, is your favorite. Eddie Bruiser, who’s got his own but doesn’t want anyone kissing up, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
Cold War Kids – Rough Trade NYC – October 22, 2014
Rough Trade NYC hosted a flock of impressive acts last night, and concertgoers who caught this show on the second night of CMJ 2014 lucked out, as the lineup provided such a satisfying variety befitting the festival’s spirit. Fresh off tours supporting Sylvan Esso and My Brightest Diamond, Brooklyn native Doe Paoro and her band entranced early arrivals with celestial electro soul. Australia’s Little May followed with their subdued rock sensibilities. The band had many an audience member swooning with material from their self-titled debut album. Little May’s gorgeous, resonant sound is full of husky whispers and hook-y choruses, and they played up their songs’ melancholic beauty throughout their set.
Moses Sumney took the stage next and quickly mesmerized the crowd with his velvety voice and artful looping skills. The Los Angeleno stood alone onstage and built vast choral phrases out of lilting, angelic tones and subtle beat-boxing. Sumney could sing every word in the dictionary and make it sound interesting—his voice is just that good. The 20-year-old electro rocker Elliot Moss and his band continued the night with a dynamic set of songs from Moss’s 2013 album, Highspeeds. His music is mercurial, with elements of Radiohead, James Blake and Bon Iver popping up here and there. Having successfully wooed the audience to move superclose, Moss and Co. graciously left the stage to make way for the night’s headliners.
The much-loved members of Cold War Kids meandered onto the stage as the audience roared with excitement. The band’s career has spanned nearly a decade, and the five-piece has some serious discography to show for it. From their 2006 debut record, Robbers and Cowards, to the just released Hold My Home, the band has made a big impression on their fans. The gentleman barreled through an extensive set featuring songs from all over their repertoire. Nathan Willett’s valiant vocals drove “All This Could Be Yours” and “Miracle Mile” at the top of the set. All-time favorites like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “Hospital Beds” got the crowd howling. The guys in Cold War Kids have an astounding sense of synchronicity. They’re constantly making contact with one another, whether it’s a hand on a shoulder or an intense glance during a chorus. Their set was a spectacular burst of energy, proving that Cold War Kids aren’t losing steam. Rather, they’re louder than ever. —Schuyler Rooth
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A pair of Cold War Kids, singer-guitarist Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust, have hooked up with a barbarian—make that one of We Barbarians—drummer Nathan Warkentin, to form the brand new trio French Style Furs (above, performing “All the Way Down” for KCRW FM’s Morning Becomes Eclectic). The band’s name comes from a random Greenpoint, Brooklyn, storefront. The three recorded their debut LP, Is Exotic Bait (stream some of it below), in Kings County, and it comes out next Tuesday. Consequence of Sound writes: “While Willet still hits his trademark piercing high notes, tracks like ‘Turn or Burn’ find him exploring the lower registers of his voice, often creating a much more haunting and morose sentiment. Maust’s super-fuzzed-out bass, paired with Warketin’s super-sludgy drumming, focuses the album on a rolling, slow burn that rises and falls with emotion and tenacity.” French Style Furs celebrate their album’s release with a pair of shows, on Monday at Mercury Lounge and on Wednesday at Rough Trade NYC.
Four guys from California—Matt Aveiro (drums and percussion), Matt Maust (bass), Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals and keys) and Nathan Willett (vocals, piano and guitar)—formed Cold War Kids in 2004. They’ve relocated twice, first from Fullerton to Whittier and then to Long Beach, but their unique bluesy, soulful sound remains steady. The band’s third album, Mine Is Yours, came out in January and Cold War Kids (above, playing “Royal Blue” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) come to Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Don’t miss ’em.
Cold War Kids – Terminal 5 – January 29, 2010
On one of the coldest nights the city has seen this winter, the California rockers Cold War Kids rewarded the sold-out Terminal 5 crowd for braving the weather with a stunning set. Bathed in dark purple light, the band crawled through a moody intro while four projectors flashed on square screens behind them. Simple and beautifully melodic, their music started out punchy and brimming with blue notes, which set the tone for the rest of the show. The laid-back “Audience” awoke the fans from their winter coma, while the following “Red Wine, Success!” set the groove.
Jonnie Russell’s raw guitar sound expanded all the way to the top floor of the venue, ringing out clear with nothing more than the most basic distortion. And he belted out awesome harmonies that complemented lead singer Nathan Willet’s unique voice. All the while bassist Matt Maust stumbled around the stage, leaning into his bandmates and kicking at the piano stool when Willet manned the keys. By the time they played “Hang Me Up to Dry”—the biggest single off their first album, Robbers & Cowards—the crowd was screaming with excitement, which carried through to the end of the hour-plus set.
The rest of the show featured much more percussive and fast-paced songs, like a rowdy version of “Something Is Not Right with Me,” highlighted by a horns section erratically stomping around the stage, blaring into any available microphone. Willet and his band then treated the crowd twice more: First, they finished their encore with an explosive version of crowd-favorite “We Used to Vacation.” And second, as the fans trekked back out into the cold, they were met with flyers for a free download of the entire concert they had just experienced. —Sean O’Kane
Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com
Cold War Kids come to town this week for two shows in two boroughs. The bad news: There are no tickets available for either date. The Good news: The House List is giving away two of them to Friday’s show at Terminal 5. So try to Grow a Pair. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets for (Cold War Kids, 1/29) and a brief message explaining which past war is your favorite. Eddie Bruiser, who’s partial to the “Low Rider”-writing War, will notify the winner by noon on Friday. Good luck.