Those who perused the up-and-coming section of SXSW may remember a foursome called the Cold War Kids, a band that has been gaining plenty of attention for their concurrent release of noteworthy EPs, With Our Wallets Full and Up in Rags. In addition, Spin.com recently named the group Band of the Day, comparing the lead, Nathan Willett, to the likes of Jack White and Jeff Buckley. Currently unsigned, Cold War Kids, (originally from Fullerton, California) are set to join Saddle Creek's Two Gallants (San Francisco) on tour. With a name emanating from an era of global tension, Up in Rags expresses a new calling from a past generation that pulls from an assortment of influences, including Bob Dylan. "Hang Me Up To Dry" unleashes a distilled caption of unrest, while "Hospital Beds" bleeds heartily between "joy and misery". The song builds over drum and bass with lamenting vocals steadily protesting, "Put out the fire on us" before injecting, "I got one friend laying across from me/I did not choose him, he did not choose me/We got no chance of recovering". Spirited in its off-beat euphemism, Up in Rags reaches ambitiously towards achievement and classically colors worn palettes with "Robbers", a saunter into ethereal motive. "Saint John" then stomps with a frisk tambourine marching towards progressive church sessions sprung and undone. Cold War Kids uproots old stones with their latest EP, which if any indication of the full-length, is definitely worth checking out.