PICS: Cold War Kids at the Observatory North Park

Hang us up to dry: Cold War Kids had their indie-rock way with a packed Observatory North Park on Jan. 27.

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As usual, the Long Beach-based band was on top of their indie-rock game and the crowd ate it up.
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From left to right, the group consists of bassist Matt Maust, drummer Joe Plummer, vocalist/pianist/guitarist Nathan Willett, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Schwartz, and guitarist David Quon (not pictured).
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Cold War Kids formed in 2004 in Fullerton, California and released their early material through the Monarchy Music record label. Two years later, the band signed with Downtown/V2 and released their major label debut "Robbers & Cowards" to both critical and fan acclaim.
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Maust came up with the band's name during his travels in Eastern Europe with his brother in Budapest, where they found a park with statues that had been dumped there after Communism fell.
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Seeing that there was a playground in that park, the bass player said: "[So] being in that environment just made the phrase 'Cold War Kids' pop into my head. I may have heard it before. I'm a cold war kid, too -- I was born in 1979."
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The band's second album, "Loyalty to Loyalty," was released on Sept. 23, 2008 to even more positive reviews. By then, the band was one of the biggest players in the indie-rock scene.
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The band spent the end of 2008 and most of 2009 on the road touring for the album, highlighted by a national tour with Death Cab for Cutie. Their third studio album, "Mine Is Yours," was released on Jan. 25, 2011, and they played Bonnaroo and Coachella that year in support.
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Cold War Kids would make their triumphant return to Coachella last year and played one of the most talked-about sets of the fest.
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The group's fourth album, "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts," was released on April 2013, with a digital-only EP titled, "Tuxedos," released just a few months later.
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Their latest album, "Hold My Home," came out in October of 2014, with “All This Could Be Yours” as the leadoff single.
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They followed that with their massively successful single, “First,” which went on to chart at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart – the band’s highest charting single ever.
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On Oct. 31 last year, the group released a single called “Locker Room Talk,” as part of the 30 Days, 50 Songs project protesting Donald Trump’s presidential run.
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