By Matt Elias
Cold War Kids celebrated the release of their new album Mine Is Yours (which hit the streets today) with a record release show on Monday night (January 24) at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Fans squeezed into the sparse warehouse space to catch the intimate yet in-your-face performance. The dim lights and plywood walls made it feel like the band — Nathan Willet, Jonnie Russell, Matt Maust and Matt Aveiro — were playing a backyard barn party — a very special treat indeed.
When we last heard from CWK, they had just released their EP Behave Yourself and were about to head to Nashville to record their next full-length. It marked the first time that the foursome worked with an outside producer (Jacquire King, the man behind the fist-pumping Kings of Leon tunes that you know and love).
The resulting album finds the Kids recapturing their signature soul-punk sound, but taking it to a more atmospheric place. That's what the packed crowd at the Bootleg Theater were treated to on Monday night, as frontman Nathan Willet promised a set full of new songs — many of which, he admitted, had never been played before an audience.
Judging by the crowd's energy, the band had nothing to worry about. Many of those in attendance were already singing along to the new songs, a great compliment considering the album was still a few hours from being officially out. Standout tracks included the title track, "Louder Than Ever" and "Sensitive Kid."
Seeing CWK live is seeing them at their best. It's a stage show full of raucous vigor, especially during the mid-song roughhousing between Willet and Maust. There's never a dull moment, and that tradition continues with Mine Is Yours.