‘Spot light on a Song’
Hello Friday! Today’s spotlight is a band I was lucky enough to see live and up close at a private event back in 2011. And although new to me at the time, they were not such ‘new kids on the block’!
Cold War Kids are an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. They started in 2004 in downtown Fullerton when Nathan Willett, Matt Maust and Matt Aveiro met regularly in Jonnie Russell’s apartment above a restaurant called Mulberry Street. Maust came up with the band’s name during his travels in Eastern Europe with his brother inBudapest, where they found a park with statues that had been dumped after Communism fell. Seeing that there was a playground in that park, Maust stated “…being in that environment just made the phrase ‘Cold War Kids’ pop into my head. I may have heard it before. I’m a cold war kid, too — I was born in 1979.” The band relocated to Whittier, California and began recording their first demo, which Monarchy Music released as the EP Mulberry Street.
Critics were impressed with the band’s blues rock sound and lyrics that told morose tales of yesteryear. And the band spent the end of 2008 and most of 2009 on the road touring for the album, highlighted by a national tour with one of my very favorite bands, Death Cab for Cutie.
Their song ‘First’, is featured in Cameron Crow’s new movie Aloha! Way to score that spot. Enjoy music fans! Life is too short not to listen to good music.
Strum a little….