Cold War Kids & The Vaccines
20 Market Place
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Cold War Kids
Los Angeles four-piece Cold War Kids elevate their passionate take on indie rock with their emotionally-raw fourth album Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.
Formed in 2004, the band's breakthrough debut Robbers & Cowards was released to considerable acclaim in 2006. The darker Loyalty To Loyalty followed two years later, and 2011's Mine Is Yours introduced deeper anthemic qualities to the eclectic group's catalog.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, which features the rollicking, energetic single "Miracle Mile," is Cold War Kids' first release with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci, who also handled its production alongside Lars Stalfors.
"We were shaken up, ready to let certain songs go further than before by trying new styles and arrangements, while keeping others sparse and caring more about the finished product and less about how we got there," explains frontman Nathan Willet about the ten-track album, which was recorded at the band's private studio in San Pedro, CA.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is out now via Downtown Records.
The Vaccines is an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010, consisting of Justin Young (guitar/vocals; formerly Stiff Records solo artist "Jay Jay Pistolet"), Árni Arnason (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar and younger brother of Tom Cowan from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums).
The band's debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached #4 in the UK Album Chart, making it the best-selling debut album of 2011. The band was compared to the Ramones, The Strokes, Interpol and The Jesus And Mary Chain. The band has explained that its influences range from "'50s rock 'n' roll to '80s American hardcore and good pop music". The band has opened for The Walkmen, The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arcade Fire. Their second studio album Come of Age was released in the United Kingdom (UK) on 3 September 2012 and reached #1 on the UK Album Chart.
The Drowners formed in 2011 when singer Matt Hitt moved to New York from Wales with a backlog of songs recorded through the in-built mic of his computer. Shortly thereafter, Jack Ridley, David Rubin and Erik Snyder joined in and made it loud.
Musically, they are influenced by Marr-esque guitar lines and post-punk drum patterns. Otherwise, they concern themselves with the troubles of Billy Fisher, the works of Gregory Corso and Richard Burton's love life. Their songs are born out of the frustration and spite experienced by the British New Wave of angry young men. The Drowners bash out short, economic pop songs.
Their first double A-side single for Long Hair/Unzip Your Harrington is released later this month