And now here they are—backlit by the noon sun in a little independent restaurant just a few days from the release of an EP that isn’t so much bizarre as happily familiar, made by a band remembering what they loved about first being a band. If that’s not specific enough to count as growth, they’re feeling stronger than ever, anyway, maintains Willett. And now, he says, “we’re gonna set out to have our message heard.”

What did I forget?
What did I forget?

Cold War Kids at the Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 380-5005; Fri., 7:30 p.m. $19.50-$25. All ages.

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