Cold War Kids' Nathan Willet Discusses Hit Song 'First'

09/29/2015
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(Radio.com) Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willet spoke with Radio.com about their new hit single "First," a song that, Willet says almost didn't make the album. The track is currently No. 3 on Billboard's Alternative Chart.

Radio.com: We're talking about "First" because it's so huge. There are so many interpretations of the lyrics, because you use so many metaphors. Does the video depict the real story, or just one interpretation?

Yeah, I think it's another interpretation. It definitely is not--I think the story, or whatever there is to be interpreted, is an interesting one because it truly is one of those songs that came out so fast and so kind of stream-of-conscious style, and very unlike so many of our other songs we've done.

But then in a way I think it's got something in common with probably a large number of Cold War Kids songs, kind of overcoming some doubt. There's a story there where there's like somebody just kind of burning out and needs to get their life back together. There are some very clear things in there; it's just the idea of like waking up in somebody's front lawn with the sprinklers turning on and not knowing where you are.

Radio.com: What is it about the song that connected so quickly with fans?

Probably simplicity is a lot of it. It's one where we just kinda let it be what it was. There's not a lot of major changes, a lot of kinetic movement or explosive sound happening. It's just something that kind of like, it sets in, and it does--I think it lets the vocal be very up front.

It was I think as surprising to us that so many people connected to it. It was literally just the last, last, last song for the record where we were thinking it was just maybe a B-side or something, and we thought, 'Okay, we'll finish this one." And the minute that we were sending these songs in to the label and management and said, 'Okay, these are all done," and people freaked out the minute they heard that song. And we were shocked. And they were like, 'This is gonna be a great single," and we were like, 'Wow, okay. So we'll put it on the record, we won't just let it be a B-side." Read the rest of the interview here.

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