Based out of Fullerton, California, Cold War Kids have been nonstop since the creation of the band in 2004. They turned heads with their second album entitled “Loyalty to Loyalty”, and recently topped the Itunes charts with their most recent release “Mine is Yours”. Their unique style and insanely sophisticated musicianship sets them far beyond many of the Indie bands out today. I have recently had the pleasure of playing several shows with the group. When on stage I set-up next to Matthew, linking up with his drum parts and zoning in on his feel. After spending time with the group and paying close attention to Matt’s playing, I have become blown away by his unique drumming style. His approach is fascinating as he navigates the drums in a rather unconventional way. Matt’s precision has taken the songs and brought them to a new level. A level which most few drummers have the skill or creativity to do these days. Don’t miss Cold War Kids at Coachella this year, and make sure you pay close attention to the man behind the feel.
-By Liv Marsico
What do you do in your free time when you are on tour?
When I have the opportunity I attempt to explore the town we are in; unfortunately, I rarely have the time to get further than a record store or bar. The rest of my time is divided between reading, watching films, and listening to podcasts while I lay awake in my bunk.
It is a known fact you are also a film maker. Who is your favorite director and what is your favorite film.. and why?:
Here are a few : Bresson, Rohmer, Bergman, Kieslowski. My favorite film by each is: ( in corresponding order) Au Hasard Balthazar, My night at maud’s, persona, bleu.
Favorite LA Band?
Baths; who we have the privilege of playing with for the next couple of weeks. John Webster Johns, if they are still a band.
What drums do you play when you’re on the road?:
67 White Marine Pearl Ludwig. Late 50’s Radio King snare. Istanbul cymbals.
What’s your favorite place to go on tour?:
Paris. Tokyo. Mexico City
What was the first record you heard where you thought to yourself “Wow, I can’t believe music can sound this amazing”?:
The Velvet Underground and Nico is the first one that comes to mind. I wish i had a more original answer.
Favorite Hip Hop group?:
Clipse. Wu Tang. Madvillian.
Favorite Book?, why?:
Hard to nail down a favorite. The last great book I read was Kundera’s “Life is Elsewhere”.
Coke, Pepsi, or Squirt?:
Who’s your favorite girl drummer in LA? :
Liv Marsico, of course.