Cold War Kids, Maudlin Strangers, and Kinsey at Toad's Place 10/23 By Susan McLean
Edited 10/28 for new links
Toad's place is a great fairly tight venue to see shows, so I jumped at the chance to see Cold War Kids up close. A substantial drive from Willimantic, we came to New Haven early for food, so we ended up catching all the openers as well.
Kinsey was the first. They weren't anything spectacular, but not particularly offensive either. Follow Kinsey on Twitter and check out their bandcamp.
This was the first any of us had heard of Maudlin Strangers but we were quick converts. With lots of energy and great lyrics, we were jamming in no time. Check out their Overdose EP, as well as their new single Gingerale below. I really like Stay Young, Overdose, and Gingerale. Culture Collide says:
"The project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Hays, Maudlin Strangers released his debut EP Overdose this year. Recorded at home in his bedroom in Agoura Hills, California, Hays’ sound morphed through his demos, bringing him to this latest phase of his sound, which he describes as 'dark disco.'"
Cold War Kids put on a great show. They played enthusiastically and sang with feeling, and seemed happy to be there. They describe themselves as Rock/Soul/Punk, but I see them more as alt rock. I really liked their 2011 album Mine Is Yours, especially Skip the Charades, but hadn't kept up with them since. Their newest album is Hold My Home, and they've grown during my lapse of attention. First, Go Quietly, and Hotel Anywhere are favorites off the new album, but I also suggest checking out All This Could Be Yours, Mexican Dogs, St. John, and Hospital Beds.
Catch the East Coast tour until 10/29.
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