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Long Beach quartet the Cold War Kids are another one of those local bands done good for us Angelenos, rising up through the ranks about 7 years ago with their particular style of indie rock. Like a bluesy tent revivalist punk band, they confounded and enthralled crowds on the small stages until Downtown Records picked them up and put them on the national stage. And for good reason – their unique sound is ultimately catchy and engaging, while live they can be pretty show stopping.
The sound has changed a bit over the years (the band too, as founding member & guitarist Jonnie Russell has recently retired with friend Dann Gallucci taking over), blending in more garage, harmonies and less quirk. But the soulful croonings of vocalist Nathan Willet define the sound, and that continues to lead the band. They recently did a surprise warm up gig at the Bootleg Theater, playing lots of new tracks from their upcoming release, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (which is also the song that opened the show). They rocked out with the new single, “Miracle Mile,” which sounded tight, crisp, and fun. Of course, the reaction was biggest with their first LA favorite, “Hang Me Up To Dry,” which inspired group singing while bassist Matt Maust (who also does all the design for the band) prowled over the stage with his head bobbing, as he is prone to do. Drummer Matt Aveiro pounded furiously on “Minimum Day” and “Louder Than Ever,” both of which were greeted enthusiastically as well. They closed out the show with “We Used to Vacation,” another nod to their first self released EP from way back when, and definitely another crowd pleaser. The Bootleg, now adorned with the somewhat landmark SALVATION sign from the Silverlake Lounge which was a reminder to everyone there of where the Cold War Kids started, served as a lovely homecoming venue for another act Los Angeles is proud to call their own.