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Cold War Kids: From Mellow to Reckless

Cold War Kids.
Cold War Kids.

Cold War Kids' music seems almost haphazard, but a closer listen reveals the intricacy that gives the California band its distinctive sound. Piano and guitars set each song's mood, ranging from mellow to reckless, and the bass jacks up the intensity at just the right moments.

Cold War Kids' members put themselves on the indie-rock map the hard way: through constant touring, intense live shows, a few EPs and, most importantly, word of mouth. But while many industrious bands slip through the cracks, Cold War Kids stuck it out, ultimately snagging a label deal with the label home of Gnarls Barkley and Eagles of Death Metal, among others. The Cold War Kids' first full-length album, Robbers & Cowards, contains a number of songs re-recorded from earlier EPs, including fan favorites "Hang Me Up To Dry" and "Hospital Beds."

This segment originally aired on Jan. 25, 2007.

Copyright 2007 XPN

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.