CHICAGO (AP) — Like so many tennis fans around the world, Nathan Willett was captivated by
Carlos Alcaraz's five-set victory over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final this summer. All the twists and turns, spectacular shots and impressive rallies.
Only Willett was on the road with the Cold War Kids, opening for Tears for Fears on a North America tour.
"It was just phenomenal," Willett said. "And we were screaming in catering at breakfast, just like hanging out for three hours, and it's the best."
Tennis has become a regular pastime for Willett, especially when he goes on the road with his California band. There are 30 more dates on his schedule after Cold War Kids announced a tour on Tuesday in support of its self-titled 10th album — 12 songs that touch on everything from breaking up with a therapist to gender norms to confronting a toxic past.
After releasing a trilogy of albums over three straight years and mulling over a more dramatic departure from the band's indie rock sound, Willett said Cold War Kids' new music is more about what it does best — leading to the eponymous title.