Cold War Kids In Covers

By Stereogum / October 26, 2006 - 4:00 pm

Roll over, Johansson. Between Hollywood starlets and blog buzz bands, Tom Waits is getting serious cover love these days. This time, it’s CWK paying respect, with a raw, guitar-voice-drums take on “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up,” as part of the free six-song web EP Benefit At The District. Here, Nathan avoids Waits’s gravely affectation, but ends up sounding a little like Bobcat Goldthwait.

Cold War Kids – “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” (MP3)

But even if he doesn’t know all of the changes, Nate’s pipes shine on this Fiona Apple tune. The way he’s working those vocal turns, it sounds like he’s sung along to When The Pawn … once or twice in his day.

Cold War Kids – “Fast As You Can” (MP3)

For similarly stripped takes on Elvis Costello, Dr. Dog, The Littlest Birds, and Lawrence Welk, hit the band’s webste. And if you’re in Europe, get ready, ’cause V2 is releasing the We Used To Vacation EP on 11/27, featuring the title track, “Expensive Tastes,” “Harmony In Silver,” and “Quiet Please.” Guess it’ll take more than an off-base review to keep the Kids down.