Photos: Elliot Moss and Cold War Kids at The Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA)

Elliot Moss (NY) and Cold War Kids (CA)
February 25th, 2015
The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA

The evening began with the group Elliot Moss taking the stage at the beautiful North Park Theatre.  The venue was already almost full when the openers came on and immediately grabbed the attention of the crowd.  Their smooth, synthesized sound topped off with powerful percussion made for a new and unique experience for my ears.  What stood out the most for me about their set was the drumming and unfortunately I was unable to recover the name of the drummer, but he was without a doubt the life and energy of the performance.  With a smile that could be seen from the back, it was easily detectable that he was having the time of his life.  That man was meant be hitting the drums as hard as he possibly can.

At a few minutes past 9 o’clock, Cold War Kids emerged from backstage taking the venue by storm with bassist Matt Maust jumping to the front of the stage, toes hanging of the edge.  By the start of the second song, Miracle Mile, the crowd was swaying left and right at an exciting pace.  And the movement didn’t stop; the entire set was filled with all band members moving all over the stage.  Even with all the movement it didn’t take away from the quality of their sound, especially in the exceptional vocals of frontman Nathan Willett.  Being my second time seeing Cold War Kids live, I was proven once again that they are a band that has to be seen live to be fully appreciated.  While I own all of their records, there is just something about the full experience of their live performance that sets this band apart from the others.  Check to see if they will be in a town near you, dates are here.

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