It’s not up for debate: Cold War Kids are one of the most crucial bands of the 2000s. They’re a band that has constantly challenged themselves while also remaining true to who they are. Their latest album, LA Divine, is their most direct record and yet it shines as a case study of the various emotions one can feel within a city. Los Angeles, the band's home, plays as a backdrop to the album but it really does tap into experiences of love, confusion, anger, and just being a human being.

For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the band about the arc of their discography, why they're more than just an indie band, how LA Divine came to be, and working with Bishop Briggs. Check out their conversation below, along with the video for 'So Tied Up'.

“This is the first record we’ve done where I asked myself ‘what is the sound of this band, when we’re at our best?’”

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