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What You Missed: Cold War Kids and A Lull

11 Mar

The latest in a string of sold out shows in the First Avenue Mainroom had the Cold War Kids rocking out a capacity crowd last night, as Chicagoans A Lull opened, with leftover confetti from the Girl Talk shows occasionally wafting down to the audience, it’s own little left-over celebration. The idea of a sad parade seemed quite fitting for A Lull- their upcoming record is called Confetti– and also with their smashing 4-drum arrangement and minor-key roaring, a sound veering between drone and melodic, at points engulfing and others, distancing.

Long a favorite of CakeIn15, Cold War Kids are out touring behind their new record, Mine Is Yours, a solid effort that saw the band use an outside producer for the first time- Jacquire King, who ominously had a hand in launching the Kings of Leon. That kind of smooth production is evident over Mine Is Yours, but some of the songs, “Bulldozer” and “Skip the Charades” in particular, got a warm welcome Thursday night as well as some singing along. It couldn’t be denied that the best sounding, best received and all around more stirring points of the night were older tunes filled with grit and vinegar, “Mexican Dogs” from Loyalty to Loyalty, and the eminently singable “Hospital Beds” and “Hang Me Up To Dry”, which had frontman Nathan Willett joking, “Oh, you remember this old song?” For their encore, the band came back for a blistering trio of “Welcome to the Occupation”, “We Used to Vacation” and “St. John”, a roaring, thrilling hope that Willett and his cohort of Southern Californians will let the smoothness go and get back to cracking the world open with blues chords and smashing pianos, because they do that so damn well.

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