First Album: Matt Maust Cold War Kids

Editor's Note: This is the third installment of our new "First Album" column. As the name suggests, it's an opportunity for some of our favorite artists to tell you in their own words about the first album they ever dropped the needle on. Each week we'll offer up another musician's "First Album" experience.

First Album: Matt Maust / Cold War Kids

Out of Time by R.E.M., I got it when it first came out which was probably like sixth grade. It was the first album that I was really like, "Wow, I have no idea what kind of style this is!" KRS-One was on the first track with Michael Stipe, the girl from the B-52's is on there, they got country music on there, they had everything on there. They had a lot of mandolin and I'm like, "This is country!" A lot of my friends were like, "This is stupid, this is like college rock or something," but it's like no, it's kind of punk at times. I remember that album was the first kind of crunch genre album I got. Like they are doing a whole different thing here and these photographers who were brothers did their artwork.

The Cold War Kids released Loyalty To Loyalty last year, our review is available here. Cold War Kids on tour now, dates here.

[Published on: 1/26/09]

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nickname starstarstar Mon 1/26/2009 09:42AM
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Cold War Kids' first album was so much better than their first... kind of a let down... however the bad press they get from second rate music sites (I am pointing a finger to Pitchfork right now) is absurd... these guys are great musicians and I can not wait for them to get back to the style of their debut album

JBL Mon 1/26/2009 01:10PM
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I like LtL just as much as the first album... Keep making good music.

Jukebox Hero Mon 1/26/2009 10:20PM
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Jukebox Hero

Like, this dude from Cold war Kids sounds, like, totally like a high school girl. Like, it's like he can't even like say two words like without saying like. Seriously, 7 times in that very short quote. I won't knock their music for I haven't had a chance to listen to it, but sure hope he doesn't write their lyrics.

sschaffner Tue 1/27/2009 12:23PM
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^ ha! that's hilarious... i love it :) like, i remember when i was like in the 6th grade, and i was totally like whooooaaahhh! this album is totally like a weird style... like country, no! like crunchy, no! like college rock! yes! it's like soooo fun to like make fun of stuff. i kid, i don't mean anything by it matt. really, i dig the Cold War Kids