Review: Cold War Kids and Superhumanoids at Columbia City Theater

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Cold War Kids, Photo by Melissa Hurst

With a set of three sold out shows at the Columbia City Theater, Cold War Kids and their opener Superhumanoids knew that their fans were expecting an incredible show each and every night. While I may not have been in attendance at the shows on Thursday and Saturday, I can attest to the performance the bands delivered on Friday night. And deliver they did.

A band like Superhumanoids was the perfect opener for Cold War Kids. Coming to Seattle from LA, they brought some sunshine to the start of the evening. Their brand of music is, as they describe it, “music to help kiss the doldrums away.” With dreamy harmonies and a touch of synth to accompany their guitars, this band was a true joy to listen to and watch. It’s hard to narrow down what exactly their sound was – it was chilled out and soft sometimes, and then the next song would be electronically inspired and made the audience want to dance. They were sort of all over the place, and I mean that in a good way. With such an eclectic sound, it seems to me that they would appeal to most audiences.

They also really wanted to connect with the crowd, something which is often overlooked by opening acts. Their female vocalist/keyboard player had an incredible voice and their band was overall just incredibly easy to fall in love with. What is more, upon going up to the merch table after their set and meeting two of the band members, they were genuinely nice guys and really wanted to get to know their fans. While I wasn’t a fan before, I walked away looking forward to seeing them when they come back play Seattle again.

It was obvious how excited the crowd was to see Cold War Kids; as soon as Superhumanoids left the stage the energy in the room had a definite buzz of anticipation. After speaking to someone who had seen their performance the previous night, it was clear that they had performed an incredible show Thursday and the expectations were set high for them to have another great show.

From the first song, ‘Minimum Day,’ to the last of the encore, ‘St John,’ this was a show that impressed their newest fans to their oldest. The band managed to play so many fan favorites it was next to impossible to keep track. Their opener, ‘Minimum Day,’ is one of their newest songs and the crowd knew every lyric and danced right along with lead singer/guitar player/pianist Nathan Willett. Willett had an incredible voice and sang his lyrics with such an intensity that it was impossible to look away. He was captivating, as was the band as a whole.

Featuring a new band member, Seattle’s own Dann Gallucci, I wasn’t sure what the dynamic would be now. I’m happy to say that they KILLED it as a group. They chemistry between every single member of the band was impossible to ignore. Something that is so often missing from rock and roll is a sense of playfulness, but that was the last thing lacking at this show. With each member interacting and roaming around the stage (with the exception of their drummer, of course), it’s just apparent that this group of men really enjoy playing music together.

While I can’t compare Friday’s show to the other nights Cold War Kids spent in Seattle, I can say that I think the show was fierce in terms of performance. The audience ate up every song they performed, singing along and dancing in the packed theater.  The Minimum Day tour was full of hit songs and a few surprises along the way. This show proved that while they may have a new band member, this group of musicians is still the same talented group as they were before, and dare I say, maybe even better.

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