Listen: Cold War Kids Share “Saint John” Featuring Yasiin Bey

An unreleased version from 'Robbers & Cowards'

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their debut album, Robbers & Cowards Cold War Kids have shared an unreleased version of their track “Saint John”, that features rapper Yassin Bey (known as Mos Def at the time).

The band took to Facebook to share some thoughts about the song’s origins, and while the concept is a grim one, it seems rather fitting considering Donald Trump’s statements where he bragged about sexually assaulting women.

See the note here:

I haven’t really stopped to think about what “Saint John” is about in 10 years, even though we play it every night. Here’s the gist of it – a bunch of wasted frat guys assault a woman and the brother of the woman throws a brick at one frat guy and maybe kills him.

So, our hero, Saint John is on death row waiting for a pardon. Not the most uplifting story and yet over the years this song has become the inevitable show closer – an ever evolving bottled aggression loose spastic minimal blues jam that could just keep going forever. You can’t try to set out and write a song like this, it just happens.

I was thrilled, 10 years ago, when I heard MOS DEF’s version but it never came out. Excited to finally have it be heard ! Can we get Yasiin to come out of retirement and perform it with us? Hopefully won’t take another 10 years.

Let off a bit of steam and listen to “Saint John” (Feat. Mos Def) below: