Cold War Kids Release Alternative Version of “Complainer”

Cold War Kids have released “Complainer (Strings & Keys),” a powerful acoustic version of their acclaimed latest single, “Complainer.” Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), ‘Complainer’ marks Cold War Kids’s first co-write with multi-platinum songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Rita Ora) and Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone. ‘Complainer’ is currently top 25 on the alternative radio charts in the US. The first new music from Cold War Kids in more than two years, the song arrived earlier this summer alongside ‘4th of July’.

‘Complainer’ is a call to transcend and do something constructive rather than dwell on all the things that might drag us down; its message inspired vocalist Nathan Willett throughout the recording process. ‘4th of July,’ with Willett’s falsetto delivering a laid-back but withering chorus as the beat pops smoothly around him, is a song about the mixed feelings Americans can encounter on patriotic holidays spent in celebration but without a context of appreciation.

Cold War Kids will head out on a major U.S. headline tour, with dates beginning October 04 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT and then travelling through late November. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit

In the meantime, Cold War Kids is continuing on a busy North American summer festival schedule that includes a headline performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Made In LA (August 31), London, ON’s Parkjam Music Festival (September 05), Atlanta, GA’s Music Midtown (September 15), and Glen Ellen, CA’s Sonoma Harvest Music Festival (September 22). Cold War Kids will also join AJR for “Jeep On The Rocks,” a very special one-off concert event, set for October 05 at Morrison, CO’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Furthermore, October 12 will see the band headlining El Paso, TX’s “El Paso Forever Fall Benefit,” an annual event benefiting the El Paso Community Foundation.


31 – Los Angeles, CA – Made In LA *
05 – London, ON – Parkjam Music Festival *
15 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown *
22 – Glen Ellen, CA – Sonoma Harvest Music Festival *
04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
06 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
08 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly
09 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic
10 – Houston, TX – The Rustic
11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rustic
12 – El Paso, TX – El Paso Forever Fall Benefit ***
14 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf – SOLD OUT
14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
15 – San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre
16 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
17 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
22 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
* Festival Performance
** Jeep On The Rocks w/AJR
*** Benefit Concert