Saturday, July 22

Sound Team, Cold War Kids, and The Preakness 7-20-2006 @ The EARL

I don't know if there's a backlash coming soon (see CYHSY, Tapes 'N Tapes, etc.) but when it comes to Cold War Kids, I have to say -- believe the hype. On Thursday night I saw them for the second time in two months, and yet again I thought they were simply great. While they weren't technically the headliner, they were clearly the biggest draw on the bill (alongside The Preakness and Sound Team) and brought the rock just as well or better than they did a month ago at the Drunken Unicorn.

The Preakness on stage at The EARL.

Bassist Tracy Clark of The Preakness.

The evening began with an impressive set by Atlanta upstarts The Preakness, who have recently been generating a solid local buzz. After starting their set with a slower (as yet untitled) new song, the band played a cover of Smog's "A Hit" before playing about a set of original songs including the "Frog Logic," "What They're Saying," and "This Drive" before closing with a rockin' version of "Don't Ask Me." The crowd was quite receptive to their indie rock/pop sound, which even inspired one individual to skank uncontrollably on the dance floor during (I believe) "Air Traffic." It was a veritable Preakness Boogaloo. Here's a snapshot of the complete setlist, as snagged from the stage:

While I very much enjoy The Preakness and did so Thursday night, the main draw for the evening was obviously Cold War Kids. While the room had been reasonably full during the Preakness set, when the L.A.-based Kids came on the size of the audience swelled and the crowd's gaze turned fully toward the stage. The band proceeded to play a 40 minute set that more than justified the attention they received.

The band began with the rollicking "We Used to Vacation" from their Up in Rags EP and continued to hold most of the crowd throughout their set. There were a handful of talkers who more than made their presence known (assholes...) but that's all too typical of Atlanta shows. The band played what already seem like old favorites in "Hang Me Up to Dry," "Saint John," and "Hospital Beds," all the while scampering all over the stage, exchanging instruments, and overall giving as much energy to the crowd as it could give back. I've rarely seen a band sweat so much on stage, although the warm room certainly contributed to the perspiration.

In addition to the material from their EP releases, Cold War Kids also played two new songs that they're working on during their current tour. The first, "Hat in Church," would fit in well on either of the recent EP's with its driving bass, spastic guitar, and Nathan Willett's distinct vocals. The other new song, titled "Make Up Your Mind," began as a slower number, picking up the tempo in its second half before peaking with a series of stop-start sections toward the end. I was told after the set that each of these songs are very much works in progress. Here's the complete setlist, as it looked at the feet of bassist Matt Maust:

Headliners Sound Team followed Cold War Kids, but played to only about half the crowd that had seen their predecessors on the stage. In a scene much like the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/The National tour last year, much of the room cleared out after the second opener. Whether as a result of disinterest or the fact the show was running late on a Thursday night, it was a little disheartening to see the audience thin out. I can only hope it had nothing to do with Pitchfork's too-harsh review of their recent album (and there's your obligatory P'fork review mention). Regardless, I have to admit that I wasn't terribly attentive during their set either -- by the time they took the stage I was already on my downward slope after three hours at the venue and two great sets. Apologies for not providing a decent run-down of the Sound Team set. It was not unlike similar recent experiences with Starlight Mints and The Spinto Band when they were the third of three bands on the bill, so perhaps there's a lesson there of some sort. I'll have to listen to the tape again in the near future. Once again, here's the setlist from the stage:

For another take on the show and more pics, see The Yellow Stereo.

As noted, I taped. Shocking, huh? You knew this would show up here...

Cold War Kids
July 20, 2006
Atlanta, GA

Taped and converted by Rich Vining

Taping: SP CMC-4's > batt box > Nomad Jukebox 3
Conversion: JB3 > Dell Inspiron 6000 > Cool Edit Pro 2.0 > CD Wav > mkwACT

01. We Used to Vacation
02. Hat in Church*
03. Hang Me Up to Dry
04. Saint John
05. banter/tech
06. Robbers
07. tuning
08. Hospital Beds
09. tuning/audience
10. Make Up Your Mind*
11. Quiet Please! intro > Quiet Please!

* second time played

Those boys are good. I'll also seed the show in .flac format tomorrow, so check back if you'd prefer it in lossless format.

UPDATE 7/22: The .flac version can be grabbed via I may be seeding intermittently through the day, but stick with it. If you do download it, please help seed.


Blogger Amy said...

I was hoping i wasn't one of those assholes you mentioned, haha. It was my first time out in a long while and i was very happy to be there...and i consumed half my weight in i was a bit worried when i read your review.

Upon listening to the recording i can't hear myself though, (except for once cheering like a maniac after a song) so maybe i didn't annoy you too much. I usually try to keep my talking to between the songs...

That being said i've really been enjoying trolling your blog, so i wanted to thank you for all the great stuff you've opened my eyes to. You and and Paul have become a daily routine for me =)

10:42 AM

Blogger Rich said...

Ha! Even if you were, I doubt I could pick you out of a lineup at this point. I was just annoyed with the few pockets of people loudly talking through the CWK set. It's evident on the tape in some quieter moments. Happens a lot around here.

10:48 AM

Blogger Paul said...

Great recording Rich :)

which even inspired one individual to skank uncontrollably on the dance floor

He was dancing his little heart out though. He accidentally touched my crotch too with his flailing, so i felt violated the rest of the night.

Wow Sound Team did play "Born To Please" according to your setlist pic as at one point during their set i had to run out and get more batteries, lame. As bad as it was that everyone fled the scene before their set, they didn't really miss anything honestly as the band didn't bring the fire that night unfortunately. But certainly brought the noise (not good!).

12:59 PM

Blogger Code Name: Ryan said...

Cold War Kids are excellent and only going to get better. I will being seeing them live with Soundteam and Midlake on Wednesday. If anyone is interested I have CWK images from when they played Boston with Tapes N Tapes in June.These appear on my myspace weblog. URL is blogger page is not ready yet.)

Ryan - ryan's smashing life

3:40 PM

Blogger Rich said...

It's cool that they're taking Midlake along for part of the tour. Hopefully ppl show up early enough to see 'em. I'm not sure how well known they are outside of the (very) insular blogosphere.

3:44 PM

Anonymous greg said...

awesome, thanks rich. wouldn't you know that thursday came and went and i totally forgot all about it.

7:28 PM

Anonymous greg said...

oh, i forgot to mention that part of lylas is playing at criminal tomorrow.

7:30 PM

Anonymous jennings said...

Thanks for the tracks and the review .. . I'm going to check these folks out in Boston this week.

7:49 PM

Anonymous Meow said...

Mr. Cable and Mr. Tweed, thanks for the show! I saw CWK twice in ten days, and I think it's safe to say they have made it past the hype. Finally going to see them headline in September.

Again - thanks for the show! And thanks for letting me host a few of the other ones ;)

8:41 PM

Anonymous brandon said...

thanks once again for the kind words and cool pics, rich. preakness boogaloo!!! (can we use that?)

it was great to play with such great bands...cwk particularly.

oh, and sorry we inspired such random crotch grabbing. we'll try and discourage that from now on.

i say guarantees.


4:25 PM

Anonymous amanda c said...

thanks for posting the CWR set Rich! :)

10:35 AM

Anonymous amanda c said...

i meant CWK-i do that a lot for some reason...

10:36 AM


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