Complainer Fine Fine Fine Waiting for Your Love Beyond the Pale Dirt in my Eyes 4th of July Calm Your Nerves Tricky Devil
In 2018, Cold War Kids were on tour at the same time Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music was dropping projects with alarming frequencyKid Cudi and Kanyes KIDS SEE GHOSTS, Teyana Taylors K.T.S.E., and Pusha Ts DAYTONA, among others. Those short, sharp albumsaround eight songs eachbecame the soundtrack of the Cold War Kids tour bus and inspired the bands own three-volume set, beginning with New Age Norms 1. Every week or two another one would come out, guitarist and lead vocalist Nathan Willett tells Apple Musics Zane Lowe. That feeling of digesting that amount of music in that form felt like the freshest, funnest thing to me.
New Age Norms finds the California indie pop band warming to new ideas and sounds in a compact eight-song space. Check out the Farfisa organ and jump beat on Fine Fine Fine. The coastline comes into view on the upbeat love song Waiting for Your Love. They explore soul on Dirt in My Eyes and the silky 4th of July. Cold War Kids show they can make a tour bus anthem akin to Bon Jovis Wanted Dead of Alive on Beyond the Pale. The album opener Complainer sets the tone of this new era. The midtempo proto-disco dance beat and Willetts near-falsetto draws you in, and the crucial line You say you want to change this world, dont sit around and complain about it keeps you locked in. Its not a political message but a simple message, Willett says. Its a slap on the behind to get out and do something.