Cold War Kids concluded their bicoastal residency at Spaceland in Los Angeles last night (January 26).
The Long Beach, California-based quartet have been travelling between east and west coasts all month long, playing a total of six gigs in New York and Los Angeles.
Hotly tipped by NME as a New Noise band for 2007, Cold War Kids were on top form for the sold-out show, treating the audience to several highlights from their blues-infused debut album ‘Robbers and Cowards’ as well as some new material.
‘Golden Gate Bridge’, a down-tempo, honky-tonk piano number about suicide, elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd.
The quartet indulged in minimal between-song banter, ripping through crowd-pleasers such as ‘Hang Me Up To Dry’ with the audience singing along to every word.
“This is a song we’re stealing from some great friends of ours, Dr. Dog,” frontman Nathan Willett told the crowd before launching into a cover of the Philadelphia band’s morbidly uplifting ‘Die, Die, Die’ toward the end of the set.
The crowd refused to disperse after Cold War Kids said goodnight, clamouring for an encore until the band returned for two final numbers.
After the show, drummer Matt Aveiro told NME.com, “I think the residency went really well. We got to play a lot of our favourite clubs in LA and New York. And the audiences were amazing. There was a lot of positive energy coming from the crowds. It’s a good way to leave off before heading to Europe in two days.”
As previously announced, the Cold War Kids will tour the UK and Europe beginning February 1 with Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, before returning Stateside later in the month for a headlining tour.
–By our Los Angeles staff.