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As of last night, I have seen Cold War Kids live four times in three different states. From the first night I saw them I was completely taken aback by their vigorous live energy. It’s infectious nature permeates the crowd whether you’re at a sold out House of Blues in Boston or closing out a rainy night of Lollapalooza. This Cold War Kids experience was unlike any other I’ve had because of it’s size. The patio Clive Bar in downtown Austin couldn’t hold more than 200 eager fans and I was thankful to have a spot despite the midnight hour after a long day in the Texas sun.
While each record they have released has changed their sound little by little over time, Cold War Kids never seems to disappoint. Perhaps that means the audience and the band have found some sort of perfect harmony in evolving together over the years – their forthcoming album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts will be the real test. Frontman Nate Willett opened the night with the disclaimer that he was going to use this set as an opportunity to preview some of the new songs live and the crowd was ready. The new tracks are definitely along the same vein as 2011′s Mine Is Yours, less edgy and raw than the earlier Cold War Kids – but upbeat, and hooky nonetheless.
Last night’s performance didn’t leave out older favorites however, “Cold Toes On The Cold Floor,” “Hospital Beds,” and “Audience” all made it in to the late night setlist. Having seen the band on massive stages, it was incredible to see them so up close and personal.