Cold War Kids
By Cory Weaver
The Cold War Kids bring their distinctive brand of indie rock to St. Louis this weekend, touring in support of their sixth studio album L.A. Divine. This is the band’s second stop through town in a little under four months. The difference this time? They’re headlining the Pageant, a venue far more intimate than Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, where they performed in August.
The band, which clearly has classic rock, alternative and blues influences, has seen some turnover the past few years. Nathan Willet (vocals) and Matt Maust (bass) are the mainstays, while Joe Plummer (drums, percussion), Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals and percussion) and David Quon (guitar and backing vocals) are the relative newcomers. But they haven’t lost their touch. If anything, they’re stronger than ever—and that soulful essence the band is known for remains.
L.A. Divine is a departure from the band’s indie rock label Downtown, becoming their first major release on powerhouse label Capitol Records. Their 11 years’ worth of EPs and full-length albums has produced a number of gems, including “Miracle Mile,” “Hang Me Up to Dry,” “Hospital Beds,” “First” and L.A. Divine’s “Love Is Mystical,” which the band will likely perform on Sunday night (and one can only hope they’ll sneak in “Saint John”). “All This Could Be Yours” on Sunday, December 3rd at the Pageant.
Sir Sly opens (see preview below).
The show is HoHo Show #2, presented by 105.7 the Point.
General admission tickets are $29.50 in advance and $31 day of show
Reserved balcony available at $35 (21+)
Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m.
All ages (with a $2 minor surcharge at door)
The Pageant • Dec. 3rd
Photo: Dan Monick