Cold War Kids – “What You Say”: DJ Pick of the Week


“What You Say,” a new single from Cold War Kids, is unapologetically itself and has us all wanting more. The track is off their new record New Age Norms 3, the final piece of their New Age Norms triology. Pulsing with energy, the track preaches a relatable message to all listeners: the desire for acceptance. “What You Say” speaks to our core and is Dan’s DJ Pick of the Week!

Based out of Long Beach, California, Cold War Kids is known for their upbeat, indie-rock tempo. The band keeps their sound fresh with varying sound arrangements, while implementing mixtures of blues and rock. A hand-clapping beat and rhythmic keyboard sound create an almost concert-like visual for the new single. The instrumentation in “What You Say” perfectly aligns with the lyrics, therefore directly connecting to listeners. With lyrics like “I’m waiting ’til I find the one. Someone who will take me as I am,” Cold War Kids seeks acceptance from others. The line, “I fight for what I love ’cause I’m worthy,” shows they know their own worth, and are now wanting others to see it. A mixture of vulnerability and optimism, “What You Say” puts into words our deepest thoughts and emotions.

Vocalist Nathan Willett says, “I think all of us want to reveal ‘our full selves’ to someone who truly understands.” This message encapsulates the song’s meaning, and listeners are sure to relate to this longing for acceptance. We readily await the release of New Age Norms 3, set to release on September 24, 2021!

Get up close and personal with Cold War Kids in their new video for “What You Say.” Watch below!

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