"I've Seen Enough"
Walking into the COLD WAR KIDS show at the House of Blues last night initially felt a bit like finding
oneself privy to an awkward first date -- where neither party knows the other
particularly well (some well-meaning friends thought they might hit it off) and
they're not quite convinced the whole thing wasn't a big mistake. [A side note:
this writer suggests a bit of liberal lubrication for either of the above
occasions. And you can take that to mean whatever you want.]
The 'Kids were doing their best to impress,
kicking it off with a track off 2011's Mine Is Yours to let their date know
they were hip, and following it up with a series of old chestnuts that this
third wheel is pleased to report were as solid live as they are on the albums.
The audience, being a bit of frigid bitch, played hard to get.
I caught the Cold War Kids last time they were
in town, when they played the Paradise back in
2008. The (sold out) crowd that night put the kids milling around sulkily last
night to shame. Methinks part of the problem might be that the 'Kids haven't
quite stepped it up to HoB status yet- though they've
Luckily, Nathan Willett and his crew have been
in the game long enough to know a thing or two about proper foreplay. Giving
the crowd what they clearly wanted, CWK launched into a series of new songs.
And, wouldn't you know it, the panties started slipping. After a particularly
rousing rendition of "Sensitive Kid," a guy nursing his PBR to my right yelled
"play more that sound like that!" And so they did.
The 'Kids hit their stride somewhere around
mid-show, sneaking darker favorites ("We Used to Vacation") in between
their poppier new material so seamlessly the crowd forgot they had decided to
play it cool that night. I'm not saying the 'Kids got laid last night; but I'd
say a second date is securely within their reach.