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- Posted on Apr 16th 2011 3:45PM by Charley Rogulewski
"This is such a beautiful thing right now, with the sun just going down ..." announced Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett in awe. "We played Coachella before, and we played this song, and it seemed to go over pretty well," he continued. The band then launched into their biggest hit to date, 'Hang Me Up to Dry,' where Willett wailed, clenching the mic stand like an indie rock version of Bono and guitars echoed with 'Joshua Tree' reverb.
Willett showed off his brilliant voice again playing the keys on another one of the band's early hits 'Hospital Beds,' off their 2006 debut 'Robbers & Cowards.' Since then, the group have released two other albums -- 2008's 'Loyalty to Loyalty' and 2011's 'Mine Is Yours.'
"This is another of our new songs called 'Bulldozer," Willett told the crowd after already sampling the new efforts title track and 'Louder Than Ever.' "It's one of my favorites." A bit more operatic than anything Cold War Kids have done in the past, the group relied on the crowd's handclapping to segue into the second part of the track. Before closing things out, Cold War Kids would go gospel playing their debut's hidden track 'Sermons vs. the Gospel' and closing out the set with the White Stripe-y swag of 'Saint John.'
"Go watch the Black Keys," Willet told the crowd afterwards. "Go have blast. We'll be right there with you."