EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Cold War Kids Rebound After Losing Their Guitarist With Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

by (@Lacezilla)

Around the same time Nathan was reading Nathanael, Cold War Kids’ long-time guitar player Jonnie Russell quit the group- a decision that the band explained on the News section of ColdWarKids.com in early February 2012.

Jonnie felt he needed to pursue school and stop touring. We mutually agreed that it was his time to leave and he passed the baton to our friend Dann Gallucci. Jonnie’s talents will be missed. Cold War Kids has always been about the communal feel of the members, the music, the art, and the experience, so we couldn’t just replace him with anyone.

Former guitarist for Modest Mouse and garage punk band Murder City Devils, Dann Galluci was already Cold War Kids’ sound engineer when the opportunity to become a band member alongside Willett, Maust and drummer Matt Aveiro came knocking.

“It didn’t seem like there was an actual time where it happened,” Maust explains of the transition in personnel. Already working with the band to assemble their own private 3-room studio in San Pedro, California, Galluci was organically helping cultivate the sound for Dear Miss Lonelyhearts before he formally participated in a 3-city, 9-show, intimate venue tour that added “guitar player” to his already-robust title of producer, mixer and engineer.

Steering clear of more electronic, Pink Floyd-feeling cuts on the album, lead single “Miracle Mile” (watch the video above) delivers the soulful rock sound Cold War Kids are historically known for. Shot in their new, all-digital studio, the video for the piano-heavy single was born after the band invited 30-40 friends over to feast on tacos and booze while they played two short sets.