Long Beach indie rock outfit Cold War Kids previewed tracks from their upcoming album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts during a SXSW show for Filter Magazine on Wednesday night at the Clive Bar in Austin.
Audio issues with the sampler caused a slight delay for the closing act, and with a shortened window to make an impression, the band kept the chit-chat to a minimum as they blazed through a mix of material covering their entire discography.
“Cold Toes on the Cold Floor” and set closer “Hospital Beds” off their 2006 debut proved to be fan favorites and crowd sing-a-longs, but new single “Miracle Mile” is a radio-friendly piano-driven cut with expansive guitar hooks that also got the audience bouncing.
The band, featuring a new member in former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci, also showcased new songs “Jailbirds” and the danceable electro-rock tune “Loner Phase.” The latter fit in perfectly with the pink and purple stage lights that bathed the outside patio stage.
The poppy soul groove of “Audience Of One” was another set standout, highlighted by singer Nate Willet’s falsetto “ooos.”
It’s rare that a bass player steals the stage but Matt Maust and his Fender Custom Shop Relic Precision Bass did just that as he relentlessly intensely stalked the intimate stage.
Following “Hospital Beds” the audience begged for “one more.” Unfortunately, bar owners and SXSW security were not willing to bend. Fans will have to wait instead to hear more from Cold War Kids when the new album drops on April 2.
“Louder Than Ever”
Audience of One”
“Cold Toes on the Cold Floor”