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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cold War Kids

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2017 07:00pm | Post a Comment

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We were excited to have Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids at Amoeba Hollywood to show us what they picked up on their most recent visit. "To come into Amoeba was the biggest deal in the world," says lead vocalist/guitarist Willett about the opening of the LA location in 2001. "I think we came opening day; I know I did," adds Maust.

Indie rock five-piece Cold War Kids formed in Fullerton in 2004 while the members were students at Biola University. The band took their name from an experience Matt Maust had while traveling in Budapest, visiting a park with a children's playground and several missing statues from the Cold War era. The band released their debut EP, Mulberry Street in 2005; the release drew its name from a Cold War Kids LA Divine Amoeba Musicrestaurant below multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jonnie Russell's apartment where the group would regularly meet. In 2006, Cold War Kids signed to Downtown Records and released their first full-length, Robbers & Cowards. They embarked on an extensive North American tour to promote the album, joining the White Stripes on their summer 2007 tour.

In 2008, the band moved to Long Beach and began work on their second LP, Loyalty to Loyalty. Cold War Kids toured for much of the next couple years, both on their own headlining dates and as openers for Death Cab for Cutie. Ever prolific, the band used their downtime from touring to record what would become their seventh EP, Behave Yourself. The indie rockers continued to tour tirelessly and work on new material, releasing a string of well-received full-lengths: Mine Is Yours (2011), Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (2013), Hold My Home (2014), and L.A. Divine (2017).

Willett grabbed some cool electronic LPs by BadBadNotGood and Jamie xx, whose sound he calls "very restrained and very minimal." Willett also found the CD box set of Nina Simone's Phillips label recordings, which includes her albums I Put a Spell On You, Wild Is The Wind, and High Priestess of Soul. Maust is an avid t-shirt collector and expanded his collection with tees from the Gun Club and Depeche Mode.

But which member of BadBadNotGood did Nathan Willett want to have play on the band's latest album? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Cold War Kids - What's In My Bag?
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