Cold War Kids bring live show to Signal

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­free or 423-757-6354.

You often hear fans of a band or per­former say that their live shows sound “just like the record.” It’s often meant as a com­pli­ment, and for many fans, that is their ex­pec­ta­tion. That the song they fell for hear­ing it on the record is per­formed the same way live.

Nearly s i nce t heir be­gin­ning in 2004, the Cold War Kids have ap­proached their live shows and their stu­dio record­ings as two dif­fer­ent things. That’s partly be­cause they try to repli­cate their stage shows in the stu­dio — not the other way around — and they come up short, says Nathan Wil­lett.

And, when you con­sider they have a rel­a­tively short time to de­velop a song dur­ing a record­ing ses­sion in com­par­i­son to play­ing it hun­dreds of times live over many years, it’s easy to see how a song might change over the years. Which is what has hap­pened with many of their older songs and which ex­plains why The Cold War Kids will per­form tonight at The Signal. they wanted to make a live al­bum fea­tur­ing the cur­rent it­er­a­tions of fan fa­vorites from their live sets.

“Au­di­ence” was re­leased in April and con­tains 16 songs recorded live at The Ge­or­gia Theatre in Athens in Septem­ber 2017. Among the record­ings are “All This Could Be Yours” and the Gold-cer­ti­fied, Al­ter­na­tive Songs chart-top­per “First” from 2014’ s “Hold My Home” plus “So Tied Up,” “Rest­less” and “Can We Hang On?” from last year’s stu­dio al­bum, “LA Di­vine.”

“We had been want­ing to do a live al­bum for a long time ac­tu­ally,” Wil­lett says.

“The im­pe­tus for me was that the songs were recorded very quickly and, over years, they have evolved into a dif­fer­ent thing. The thing that we do live is us at our best. In the stu­dio, we try to repli­cate that and often times we don’t achieve it.

” The live songs have so much life and vibe. It’s five guys that have re­ally spent years learn­ing lit­tle tricks and fun ways of per­form­ing that make it bet­ter.”

He men­tions “Hos­pi­tal Beds” as an ex­am­ple of a song that is com­pletely dif­fer­ent live than the orig­i­nal stu­dio record­ing, which was slower and re­strained.

Wil­lett said the band had been talk­ing about do­ing a live record­ing for years, but were aware of the chal­lenges of mak­ing a live record. First of all, it can be ex­pen­sive and the re­sults are not al­ways good.

“It gets in your head,” he says. “You think about it and it re­flects in the music. There is no way around it.”

“Au­di­ence” was a bit of a sur­prise be­cause the live record­ing, which they do for many of their shows, ended up be­ing just what they’d been look­ing for.

In ad­di­tion to Wil­lett, Cold War Kids are Matt Maust, Joe Plum­mer, Matthew Schwartz and David Quon. The band was formed in 2004 in Fuller­ton, Cal­i­for­nia. They have sold more than 800,000 ad­justed al­bums, over 2 mil­lion sin­gles and racked up over 329 mil­lion streams to date.


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