EIGHT Questions

Nathan Willett

Although not exactly the talkative type in our interview, Nathan Willett is the frontman, guitarist and pianist for the California-born indie rock band Cold War Kids. With a teaching credential under his belt, Willett was on a path to standing in front of kids in an English classroom. Nowadays, he stands on the stage before crowds of thousands of kids. Since debuting their first album in 2006, Cold War Kids have been on fire. They are currently on tour after releasing their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, in April. You can see Nathan and the rest of the Cold War Kids at the Rialto on Friday, Sept. 20.

Tatiana Tomich, mailbag@tucsonweekly.com

What was the first concert you attended?

(A show by the) ska punk (band), the Voodoo Glow Skulls.

 What are you listening to these days?

Clinic's Free Reign II, Frank Ocean, Tina Turner. 

What was the first album you owned?

Kriss Kross.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Billie Holiday.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I think I might like Lorde.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Lay Me Low," by Nick Cave.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Fugazi taught me the power of a live show. 

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Fugazi's Red Medicine.