Cold War Kids Open Up About "Can We Hang On"

May 12, 2018

Cold War Kids (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for KROQ)


By Scott T. Sterling

Local heroes Cold War Kids have returned to the airwaves in a big way.

“Can We Hang On?,” the second single from the band’s 2017 album, L.A. Divine, has been in strong rotation on KROQ, with Stryker calling it his favorite track from the full-length.

“That song has been around forever as this little riff, this little idea. I tried writing it a hundred ways,” frontman Nathan Willet revealed to Stryker during an interview at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast. “It was a guitar thing, but it sound almost weirdly like country—in a bad way. And then I did it on piano, and it was like, ‘oh, here it is.’ And then lyrically, it became this thing that’s just like way more heart-on-sleeve, relationship thing instead of what it was before.”

Cold War Kids are touring extensively this summer, dropping in on the festival circuit with shows at the Hangout (Alabama) and Firefly (Delaware) festivals along the way.