Cold War Kids Biography
Cold War Kids is a four-man Alternative-Rock band from Long Beach, California USA. Three of the four, frontman Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust and guitarist Jonathan Bo Russell, met at an evangelical Christian college. In the fall of 2004 they were joined by drummer Matt Averio and soon after they recorded a demo which lead to a contract with Monarchy Music.
In spring 2005, the group released their debut EP, "Mulberry Street"
which was followed by two more 6-track EPs, "Up In Rags" and
"With Our Wallets Full". Cold War Kids toured relentlessly,
sometimes with the likes of Editors and
even appeared on the Lollapalooza tour. It was these sweltering live shows
and limited edition CDs that created the rapid word-of-mouth, giving birth
to a burgeoning fan base and sold-out shows in cities across the country.
The band chose Downtown Records, the young Manhattan-based home to such talents as Gnarls Barkley and Eagles Of Death Metal. A deal signed, the band regrouped to the studio and recorded their debut full-length disc "Robbers & Cowards" in a matter of weeks; the 12-song set was released in October 2006 and by 2007 the record inched into the top 20 of the Billboard's Independent Albums chart, they received their greatest mainstream exposure with the lead-off single, "Hang Me Up To Dry", a good-sized hit on The Hot Modern Rock chart where it peaked at #26.
In September 2008 Cold War Kids released "Loyalty To Loyalty", the album splashed onto The Billboard Top 200 chart at #21 producing a Modern Rock top 40 hit in "Something Is Not Right With Me".
The band continued to tour during 2009 and even recorded a 4-song EP which was released in January 2010; it barely sneaked into the top 50 of the U.S. Independent chart and the opening track, "Audience", debuted at #39 on the Billboard's Alternative chart.
January 2011 saw the Long Beach rockers release their third studio album, "Mine Is Yours"; it includes the single "Louder Than Ever".