It's 10:15 and we're sitting front and center, waiting for Cold War Kids to begin like nothing has happened. What looks like the band's continued sound check, suddenly turns into a lamenting piano ballad - the train's left the station. The band quickly picks up pace with a slew of Up in Rags favorites, refusing to give the audience a moment's breath. Cold War Kids is a bullet train.
I really enjoyed the band's EPs prior to the show; however, since the 16th of June, I have developed an obsession. When "Hospital Beds" comes through my speakers, I now hear the energized live version. I spoke to Whiskas (guitarist from Forward Russia) after their set the next day, and he couldn't picture CWK playing a rockin set. It's nothing I can explain, but if you see them live you will understand.
[mp3] Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds
Tapes n' Tapes are ready to begin their first song, and it's clear they have a lot to live up to. Not only do they have a bombardment of internet press to justify, they are also following up a 10.0 performance by Cold War Kids. Without a hint of doubt, Tapes jammed out an exciting, guitar heavy set.
While the song arrangements are generally simple, the band's full-bodied sound and addictive melodies left me more than satisfied. It was the type of show that puts a big smile on my face. I didn't look behind me much, but I can assume everyone was having a blast. Tapes covered most of The Loon, and dove into some new material as well. Don't ask me for a setlist, because I don't even know where to begin.
[mp3] Tapes n' Tapes - Cowbell
Thank you to Braedon for taking some of the best photos this site has ever seen.