Cold War Kids, A.A. Bondy | The Vic | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Cold War Kids, A.A. Bondy All Ages Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 2008

here’s something ironic about the Cold War Kids’ position as a 21st-century blog-hype band, since they seem to be trying so dang hard to revive sounds and styles that were current when vacuum tubes were still considered cutting-edge technology. The garagey bits that pepper the up-tempo numbers on the new Loyalty to Loyalty (Downtown) may sound a little Walkmenlike, but when the Kids clearly emulate something on purpose, they stick to prewar sounds. “Golden Gate Jumpers” is all brassy, vaudevillian blues swagger, and a couple of tracks—especially the closer, “Cryptomnesia”—are basically straight-up torch songs, which Nathan Willett’s high, yelpy voice is surprisingly well suited for. —Miles Raymer

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