No band in 2006 benefited from the power of the Internet like Cold War Kids.
No band in 2006 benefited from the power of the Internet like Cold War Kids. On Downtown Records, the same label that brought us breakout hit Gnarls Barkley, the band got so much praiseworthy press early on that it was playing Lollapalooza before its first album even hit stores.
Remarkably, the album, Robbers & Cowards, totally lives up to the hype, with a collection of storytelling songs that blend rock and roll with noise collages. The guys—including frontman and piano man Nathan Willett, drummer Matt Aveiro, bassist Matt Maust, and guitarist Jonnie Russell—recently stopped by the Sugar Publishing offices on their way back home to Long Beach, Calif., for an interview.
I talked to the band about everything from the music they're digging now — including the new Tom Waits album and Cat Power — to the authors they love (David Foster Wallace is a group fave). To see what the Cold War Kids had to say about their newfound fame and what comes next, read more