It's been nearly ten years since Long Beach's Cold War Kids took the indie-rock world by storm with their debut LP, Robbers & Cowards, but their fans have not forgotten it. With its soulful sensibility and soaring singalongs, that album felt like a breath of fresh air back in 2006, and vaulted the Kids on to the playlists of even the most casual indie-types.
What a lot of those casual fans might not know is that the band that recorded Robbers & Cowards is more or less gone. The group that showed up to headline a crowded show at House of Blues on Thursday night is essentially brand-new, with front man Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust the only holdovers from the band's early success. As perhaps even their most ardent supporters might admit in 2015, consistency has never quite been the Cold War Kids' strong suit.