(Photo credit: Allen Alcantara)
Cold War Kids have announced today’s premiere of their excellent new single, “Somewhere,“ available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
“I love this song,” says Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett. “It’s very uplifting, but it has a sadness to it, a rock-iness that’s almost feminine and soulful. The line, I knew you were crazy/The night you shaved your head, my wife had this long, long hair and then shaved her head really short. Sometimes when you’re writing, little things pop up and you think, is that going to make sense? That’s to me the great thing about writing, when you can do something that’s very much based on a real thing but can be interpreted however by the listener.”
The single is accompanied by an official visualizer, shot by acclaimed filmmaker Mezzy (Lil Peep: Everybody’s Everything, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboy Carti), who has teamed up with the band to shoot visuals for all 8 tracks on the album, including a compelling official music video for album opening “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now”, and two separate cuts for the song “You Already Know”.
“Somewhere” heralds the eagerly awaited release of NEW AGE NORMS 2, the second installment of a three-album trilogy begun with last year’s acclaimed NEW AGE NORMS 1. Produced and mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs) and written by all five members of Cold War Kids, NEW AGE NORMS 2 arrives via CWKTWO/AWAL on Friday, August 21; pre-orders are available now.
Cold War Kids are preceding the arrival of NEW AGE NORMS 2 with exclusive “Track by Track” commentaries from the band members. Behind-the-scenes looks at “Somewhere” and “You Already Know” can be viewed now at YouTube; additional commentaries will be rolled out in the weeks leading up the album’s release.
Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), NEW AGE NORMS 1 includes such hit singles as “Beyond The Pale,” “4th of July,” and “Complainer,” the latter of which proved a multi-format radio favorite, reaching the top 5 at Triple A and the top 20 at Alternative outlets across America. The album – which features cover art by the Los Angeles-based band’s bassist, acclaimed artist Matt Maust – was also met by wide-ranging international applause, with Ireland’s Hot Press simply declaring, “Cold War Kids are a band at the peak of their powers…NEW AGE NORMS 1 is a shiny, slinky salvo of funk-pop, but if you dig a little deeper, it’s also a cerebral, politically charged powderkeg.” “The eight-track album features themes on the new age norms of class, gender, race and power that shape the world today,” wrote The Skinny, adding, “Beyond the sweet melodies and striking instrumentals, NEW AGE NORMS 1 is a project with a message.”
Furthermore, Cold War Kids recently made history when “First,” their RIAA gold certified 2015 single, was named by BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) for earning the most spins at Alternative radio outlets nationwide over the last decade. The track topped BDS’ “Alternative Top-500 Airplay For Decade (January 1, 2010-December 31, 2019)” with 214,342 spins in less than five years, besting blockbuster hits by AWOLNATION, Arctic Monkeys, Portugal. The Man, and Milky Chance, among others. “First” follows the previous decade’s most played Alternative track, The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”
Cold War Kids is: Nathan Willett (vocals, piano, guitar), Matt Maust (bass guitar), David Quon (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew Schwartz (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, percussion), and Joe Plummer (drums, percussion).
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COLD WAR KIDS
NEW AGE NORMS 2
RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now
You Already Know
Across The Divide
Catch Me Falling
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