On Friday, May 24th, I was treated to a very lively sold out Cold War Kids concert at Hollywood venue, the Fonda Theatre.
These five guys certainly know how to entertain a crowd. Not a single inch of the stage was left uncovered at this show. They were incredibly fun to watch live thanks to bassist Matt Maust, who struts around the stage, head-butting and lightly kicking the lead singer Nathan Willett. The two of them appear to have a playful relationship that’s reminiscent of two friends fooling around and their enjoyment is indeed infectious.
Willett alternated between standing at the mic to provide vocals and rhythm guitar, and sitting at the piano for quieter songs like “Water & Power.” While the group worked in a heavy dose of new material, they always found room for plenty of material from Robbers & Cowards, their debut album, including the funky cool “Hang Me Up to Dry” and the tragically true to life story song, “We Used to Vacation.” Of course, these early classics got the best responses of the night, affirming that the band is forever tied to that first record that brought them so much support. At times, it appeared that everyone in the room knew all the words to these older hits.
These LA lads were really in tune with the crowd, setting off an enraptured vibe throughout the theatre. The beautiful thing Cold War Kids succeeded at doing was bringing the audience together musically.