Cold War Kids release two new songs 'Complainer' & '4th of July'

New album 'New Age Norms' due out this autumn


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Cold War Kids have released two new songs -- ‘Complainer’ and ‘4th of July’ -- the first new music from the Los Angeles, CA-based band in more than two years. The songs will be part of an album called ‘New Age Norms’ due for release this autumn; more details to follow soon. ‘Complainer’ and ‘4th of July’ are available now via CWKTWO/AWAL at all DSPs and streaming services.

Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), ‘Complainer’ marks Cold War Kids’s first co-write with multi-platinum songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Rita Ora) and Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone.

‘Complainer,’ the first song written for ‘New Age Norms’, is a call to transcend and do something constructive rather than dwell on all the things that might drag us down. Its message inspired vocalist Nathan Willett throughout the recording process. ‘4th of July,’ with Willett’s falsetto delivering a laid-back but withering chorus as the beat pops smoothly around him, is a song about the mixed feelings Americans can encounter on patriotic holidays spent in celebration but without a context of appreciation.

“For me, the songs are always the most important piece of Cold War Kids,” Willett says. “And in them, having a strong message and maintaining a positive energy and output—and not just rage and conflict—is so important, and what can set us apart. But at the same time, we’re doing an old thing: rock ‘n’ roll! I don’t want to completely intellectualize it, because we don’t have this liberal, politically correct agenda. We set out to make a rock and roll record. But, the person that I am, the band that we are, the values that we have are in these songs. They’re not tropes of rock and roll urges; they’re in pursuit of a new value, a better world. And it’s not so clear cut what those are, but these are the new age norms.”

Cold War Kids will embark on a major U.S. headline tour, with the dates beginning October 4 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT. They will then travel through to late November (see attached itinerary). Additional dates will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please see

As if all that weren’t enough, Cold War Kids have slated a summer festival schedule that includes Louisville, KY’s Forecastle (July 12), West Linn, OR’s Polo Noir (July 27), Long Beach, CA’s ALT 98.7 Summer Camp (August 3), Waynesville, OH’s Bellwether Festival (August 9), and Glen Ellen, CA’s Sonoma Harvest Music Festival (September 22). Furthermore, Cold War Kids will join AJR for “Jeep On The Rocks,” a very special one-off concert event, set for October 5 at Morrison, CO’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

U.S. TOUR 2019

12 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival *
27 - West Linn, OR - Polo Noir *

3 - Long Beach, CA - Alt 98.7 Summer Camp *
9 - Waynesville, OH - Bellwether Festival *

22 - Glen Ellen, CA - Sonoma Harvest Music Festival *

4 - Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
5 - Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
8 - Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly
9 - Dallas, TX – The Rustic
10 - Houston, TX – The Rustic
11 - San Antonio, TX – The Rustic
12 - El Paso, TX – El Paso Forever ***
14 - Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

14 - Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
15 - San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
16 - Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
17 - San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
18 - Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
20 - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
22 - Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
* Festival Performance
** Jeep On The Rocks w/AJR
*** Benefit Concert


Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar)
Matt Maust (bass guitar)
David Quon (guitar, backing vocals)
Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, percussion)
Joe Plummer (drums, percussion)

Source Major PR

June 24, 2019 7:40am ET by Major PR  

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