GIG REVIEW: COLD WAR KIDS | HI-FI MELB | 5.1.14

(Photograph by Kristy Smolcic)

Cold War Kids kicked off the night with 'All This Could Be Yours' from their latest LP. 
With already five albums in their catalogue, it must be tough for the boys from California to choose a setlist that will please everyone. In conjunction with 'All This Could Be Yours', they also played 'First', 'Hotel Anywhere', 'Flower Drum Song', 'Hot Coals', 'Hold My Home' and 'Drive Desperate' from their latest release.

Even though the audience showed lots of love for the new tracks, they couldn't hide their excitement when the Cold War Kids played some of everyone's old favourites. Arguably one of their most popular songs 'Hang Me Out To Dry' received a roaring reception from the crowd the moment the track started,  one person couldn't be spotted not singing along. Once they got to the chorus, they were all screaming with fists in the air. The crowd and the band didn't miss a beat when 'Hospital Beds' was played also. This old favourite received an out-of-this-world reception. At the end of the track, they disappeared from the stage, leaving the crowd wanting more. The party continued when they returned for a well earned encore.

Nate Willett's vocals were on point for the whole night. Not only that, his energy was incredible, and his ability to hold an audience has in no means diminished over the years. Bass guitarist Matt Maust can also be commended for his ability to get the crowd going. Whether it was his dance moves that only he could get away with, or his grooving with his fellow band mates, his confidence helped the rest of the band maintain that electrifying energy.

The gig was a sure sign that even after their many years as a band, their ability to perform gigs with high levels of excitement isn't only contagious, but also guarantees that they won't be disappearing anytime soon.

Review written by Amy Maree

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