- SPIN Rating: of 10
Breaking from tales of death row and a father's alcoholism, Cold War Kids are finally looking inward on the first-person stomper "Something is Not Right With Me" (streamable below) from their sophomore full-length, Loyalty to Loyalty, due Sept. 23 via Downtown. Initially impressing with a set of EPs that revealed a scrappy and hungry bunch, the Kids banged on broken cymbals and egg crates, slipping into onstage clapping conniption fits as they powered through jangly, tent revival indie rock, culminating in their 2006 EP-compiling longplayer, Robbers and Cowards.
But unlike scores of other blogged about bands for which backlash kicked in, Cold War Kids kicked backed... and stayed on beat. On "Something," a step-worthy, pounding bass line chugs alongside driving drums. When the Stones-styled bluesy licks pick up, they direct the groove to nestle perfectly underneath singer Nate Willett's speak-to-yell, self-aimed vocal tirade.
Now Hear This: "Something Is Not Right With Me"