Cold War Kids kick off bi-coastal US residency

Hotly-tipped newcomers debut new material in New York

Cold War Kids played the first of their six bi-coastal residency shows at Pianos in New York last night (January 10), and debuted a brand new song for the capacity crowd.

Speaking to NME.COM after the show, bassist Matt Maust described the feeling of playing the first show of the sold-out residency.

“Tonight was great, everyone was listening,” he declared. “We played Pianos eight or nine months ago, three nights in a row, so it was a sweet return.”

He also explained the current buzz surrounding Cold War Kids – who feature in this week’s issue of NME as one of the ten New Noise bands tipped for 2007 – has left the band feeling some pressure to live up to the reputation they created for themselves.

“There’s a pressure to record new songs and we don’t really have time right now, although we recorded stuff over the last few days,” he said. “We wrote ‘The Golden Gate Jumpers’ four days ago and played it tonight for the first time ever. It’s about people who commit suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge.”

The band also used the time in the California studio to re-record several existing favourites.

“We recorded a very loud, obnoxious, stompy version of ‘We Used to Vacation’,” said the bassist, “and a piano version of ‘Hospital Beds’.”

Maust also discussed the residency, which will see the band play a show every week in New York and Los Angeles for the rest of the month.

LA and New York are the biggest cities so it’s kind of a way to tour and not really tour,” he said. “New York audiences are more attentive. In LA they yell too much, they’re not respectful. We played in LA two weeks ago and they were obnoxious. Audience members want their own show, they want to be a part of the show. I don’t like that. We didn’t do an encore because people were yelling too much and pushing.”

Meanwhile, Maust is set to exhibit his art on January 18 in New York.

Following the bi-coastal residency, Cold War Kids will head to the Europe for a tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and will embark on their own headlining North American tour in February.

–By our New York staff.

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