Cold War Kids' "transitional" period has been a success according to frontman Nathan Willett.
After its 2011 album "Mine Is Yours" performed "beneath our expectations of how we hoped it would be received," the group brought in former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann [cq] Gallucci, who also produced Cold War Kids' latest album, "Dear Miss Lonleyhearts" and helped jump-start things again, according to Willett.
"We definitely needed to reawaken ourselves, reawaken our audience, look forward again," says Willett, 33. "A band spends so much time on tour and everything that by record four you're going to start to say, 'Is it still vital? How do we make this vital? If this isn't fresh we shouldn't be doing it. Let's kind of examine ourselves a little more.'
"So we did that, and I think we made it really fresh and exciting again."
Willett reports that the group -- which recently released an EP, "Tuxedo," of outtakes from the "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts sessions" -- is so fired up that it plans to make its next album in a hurry, hopefully for release during mid-2014. The songwriting is in its early stages, but Willett is confident the group will have no problems working quickly when the time comes to record.
"We feel like it's a time when we have to keep putting new music out and keep kind of digging into whatever we're gonna do next," Willett explains. "I think the process will be similar as far as doing it in our own studio and with Dann working on it, but I think it'll be a little more focused and kind of the best version of ourselves.
"We've taken different approaches and wandered around with different things. But after ('Dear Miss Lonelyhearts') I think whatever we do next will be much more focused, which we're happy about."
Cold War Kids and Papa perform Saturday, Sept. 28, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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