"We've been fortunate to record in some of the greatest studios around, and I don't regret that," Willett says. "But being able to make the last record totally digital with a limited budget, all in our own space is such a rad experience. It kinda feels like we went to doing things the way of the past, but a way that works for us."

No matter how long they've been on tour or how far away they've been, nostalgia and affection still abound when Cold War Kids' boots hit home soil. Even the drive over the bridge from San Pedro into Long Beach triggers the not-so-long-ago memories of lingering around Fingerprints, sweaty Solo cup house parties and an undeniable sense of excitement around them that stretched from OC to LA, pushing them to go bigger. Now that they have, all the traveling and endless work of being a well-oiled machine seems to pay off twice as much whenever they look into the faces of the first audience to lend them their ears, their cheers and, especially, their silence.

Spotlight on the local boys
Cara Robbins
Spotlight on the local boys
No smiling!
No smiling!

Location Info


The Observatory

3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Music Venues

Region: Santa Ana


Cold War Kids perform with Hindu Pirates at the Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc.com. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. All ages.

For more info on Cold War Kids, visit www.coldwarkids.com.

"When I think back to those people who did come see us at Detroit Bar seven years ago and knowing that a lot of newer fans are there, it's special," Willett says. "Whether it's hanging out and meeting people or hearing the audience banter, there's this home energy that makes things really cool onstage."

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