Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cold War Kids Review - Stubb's Austin

The Gospel: CWK 
Having seen Cold War Kids twice before in Austin (Emos and Auditorium Shores), I was very excited to see them for a third time. The set started on a warm Austin night, with a duo of new songs "Royal Blue" and "Finally" from their new album Mine is Yours. The old piano was upgraded to a modern keyboard, and the show sounded cleaner than ever.

The crowd was dancing uncontrollably to "Audience" and "Louder Than Ever", and it seemed as if Willett was preaching to a school of Austin hipsters who were reading him loud and clear. Granted their gospel does have a religious like undertone (I couldn't stop doing a Jazz Hands type move myself). At one point Willett saw a bunch of people "not being good to each other" in the pit, and said "if you don't be good to each other, you will have to come sit up here with me". It kind of felt like we were in high school again (Willett used to be a high school English teacher when he started the band). They closed out the set (as per the norm) with St. John, and so closed the sermon on a warm sticky night under the Texas stars at Stubb's BBQ. On a side note, the bouncers at Stubb's were awesome in a way that is hard to explain, but they did a great job and were enjoying the show as well! Never have met such a friendly do good bouncer staff.  Cheers to Cold War Kids! Live Happily Ever Now!

"Royal Blue"

"Louder Than Ever"

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