Despite being saddled with the unwanted and toxic rock and roll label of being a "christian" band by the music press, Cold War Kids proved they could draw a strong crowd even in Austin by headlining a sold out show at Stubb's BarbQ on Friday.
The Long Beach, California band fronted by Nathan Willett are no Austin rookies though, having brought Cold War Kids through town for SXSW often enough to establish a core following among local music fans. In fact they were just here for SXSW 2011 playing the Filter party, on a much smaller stage which probably made for an interesting experiment in crowd control.
Playing a long, strong set the band covered songs from across their library, including their latest album, with guitarist Jonnie Russell, Willet, and bassist Matt Maust working together onstage like a well oiled machine.
Touring in suppoort of their January release "Mine Is Yours", the third album from the band, they only have a few more U.S. dates before launching a European tour, returning the the states in time for Bonaroo.
This show was part of a T-Moblile media effort called "Live Rising" where the whole show was streamed live on the web.