Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids are an indie rock band from Fullerton, California, USA. Band members are Nathan Willett (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, percussion), Matt Maust (bass guitar) and Matt Aveiro (drums). According to Songfacts, Matt Maust came up with the band’s name. He was inspired by a trip to Eastern Europe where he came across a big park where they’d dumped statues that had been removed after Communism fell. Within the park he found a playground and being in that environment the phrase ‘Cold War Kids’ popped into his head.

The band started in historic downtown Fullerton in Jonnie’s apartment above the restaurant Mulberry St. (their first EP title). They are avid supporters of unsigned talent such as the band Electric Furs. They have toured in support of Two Gallants, Tapes ‘N Tapes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sound Team, Muse and The White Stripes. Their music is heavily inspired by artists such as Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground and Johnny Segment. Recently they starred in an MTV2 special titled "Cold War Kids Takeover!" They appeared on Soccer AM and were announced as Norwich City F.C. Fans. They were going to tour with The White Stripes for their Icky Thump tour, but The White Stripes had to cancel.

In 2007, they contributed to OKX, a tribute to the 10-year-old Radiohead album OK Computer, recording their version of the track "Electioneering." Nathan Willett identified Radiohead and the album as a strong influence, saying, "It’s the only album that I feel compelled to say way too grandiose things about, that rock journalists have already said plenty: Like that OK Computer is the single most important album to be released during my youth and that it was a rite of passage. But that really is the truth and I have never had an emotional connection with an album quite like I have with this one."

He also explained why the band chose to cover "Electioneering" from the album: "I’m not saying ‘Electioneering’ is the best song on the album, but (still, a big claim!) it’s certainly the most badass. It’s lyrically everything we want to do – bursts of concrete imagery."

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Cold War Kids Albums

0.0 Behave Yourself Cold War Kids
Released on
December 21, 2009
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0.0 Behave Yourself EP Cold War Kids
Released on
March 23, 2010
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0.0 Cold War Kids At Fingerprints Cold War Kids
Released on
January 12, 2010
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0.0 Fally Lover Cold War Kids
Released on
January 1, 1980
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0.0 Hang Me Up to Dry Cold War Kids
Released on
February 26, 2007
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0.0 Hospital Beds Cold War Kids
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0.0 Live From The Paradiso Cold War Kids
Released on
December 2, 2008
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0.0 Live From The Paradiso (Live) Cold War Kids
Released on
December 2, 2008
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0.0 Louder Than Ever Cold War Kids
Released on
December 14, 2010
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0.0 Loyalty To Loyalty Cold War Kids
Released on
September 19, 2008
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0.0 Loyalty to Loyalty (Deluxe Edition) Cold War Kids
Released on
September 23, 2008
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0.0 Loyalty To Loyalty (Standard) Cold War Kids
Released on
September 22, 2008
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0.0 Mine Is Yours Cold War Kids
Released on
January 25, 2011
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0.0 Minimum Day – Single Cold War Kids
Released on
March 20, 2012
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0.0 Robbers & Cowards Cold War Kids
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0.0 Robbers And Cowards Cold War Kids
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0.0 Something Is Not Right With Me Cold War Kids
Released on
September 22, 2008
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0.0 We Used To Vacation Cold War Kids
Released on
October 29, 2007
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