Monday, September 15, 2014

Cold War Kids

      The two of us recently got to see Cold War Kids live as part of George Washington University's annual Fall Fest, which was on August 30th. Read about our experiences:

Alana’s take on CWK: The interesting thing about seeing CWK with Virali was that we had two different takes on them going into the concert. Virali was really into them, whereas I liked only two songs by them (yes, “Hang Me Up To Dry” is one of them). It’s not that I didn’t like or know about CWK, I just never got into them when I first heard them. 7th grade me was too occupied by Paramore and Panic! At The Disco at the time, no doubt.
      When the band first came out, they totally weren’t what I expected. They were five mid-30s-looking guys. They looked like a group of friends going through a delayed quarter life crisis together. And it took a while for me to warm up to them, honestly. I didn’t know many of the songs, and neither did most of the crowd.
{the band performing "I've Seen Enough"}
      That didn’t mean that they didn’t give an exciting performance, though. The band jumped around and danced with each other on stage, bombarding the crowd with angry garage rock guitars. Playing music was a thing CWK were obviously brought together on this earth to do, and their showmanship proved this countless times over the course of their set. Frontman Nathan Willett especially – his voice is so uniquely abrasive, it’s addictive to listen to and it works for him.
      I flipped when the band played “Hang Me Up To Dry” and “Something Is Not Right With Me.” 7th grade me felt so fulfilled; both songs practically defined the angsty middle schooler phase of my life.
{a quick shot taken during the performance of "Mexican Dogs"}
      Not being a fan, I was pleasantly surprised by the whole thing, and was definitely happy when Virali and I nabbed the setlists at the end of the night. Overall, I’d give the experience a 6 out of 10 stars. 

Virali’s take on CWK: Unlike Alana, I am a pretty big fan of Cold War Kids. I only discovered them about three years ago, but they were definitely a big part of my junior year (of high school) soundtrack. I love Willett's voice, I love their lyrics, and I love how their music make you want to dance. My roommates and I actually had tickets to see the band in October, so when I found out that they were headlining Fall Fest – which GW students and their guests attend for free – I was pretty excited.
{"Royal Blue"}
      I'm not sure what I was expecting from the performance, but I was definitely satisfied. I'm betting that most of the audience didn't know the band. Cold War Kids have an awesome stage presence and the members interacted with each other and the audience very well. 
      The best part of the performance was when Alana and I snagged setlists after the performance. After all the concerts I've been to, I have tried (and repeatedly failed) to get my first setlist and I can finally say I have one. The setlist now hangs on the wall next to my desk, as a reminder of yet another awesome concert with one of my best friends.
{"Hospital Beds"}
      I love attending concerts for any band that I know well, and to see a band I like so much for free and just a block from my dorm was awesome. I'd give the experience an 8 out of 10 stars. Cold War Kids are still on tour, so check them out if you get the chance!

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