You know that feeling when you’re in love with someone so much that you just can’t stop talking about them? You can tell that the people around you are getting annoyed and you try to stop, but everything just seems like a great opportunity to bring them up again. Well that is how I felt about the band Wild Child when I first heard them a few months ago. Everywhere I went, everyone I met, I tried to make them love this band as much as I did. Since then I have calmed down, but it is still fitting that for my first Consider blog I gush about this band.
Wild Child is an indie-folk band from Austin, TX that started in 2010. It is comprised of 7 members playing instruments from the baritone ukulele, violin, cello, bass, banjo and your expected drums, keyboards, vocals. They released their debut album “Pillow Talk” in October of 2011 (for you super hip music fans, yes it has been over a year, and no I don’t feel lame for being a little late). It caught the ears of music blogs such as Indie Shuffle and Tune Love who predicted that Wild Child would be “without a doubt one of the emerging indie-folk bands of the next few years”, and proclaiming that the, “album is one of anthemic proportions; it’s impossible to not sing along”. They have been compared to Zooey Deschanel’s band She & Him, Fruit Bats, Feist, The Avett Brothers, and The Lumineers.
Their intricate melodies weave in and out of each other, pulling at your heart as they dance past, meanwhile keeping your foot occupied tapping along to that catchy folky beat. Everything about the first album has a very vintage feel. The first song that captured my heart was Darling Divine, which every time I hear it still makes me regret not learning how to play that guitar standing in my closet at home.
The good news is that Wild Child is currently working on a second album which they are calling “The Runaround”. By liking Wild Child on Facebook I get to see their updates, which is how I became one of the 641 backers of this second album. Through kickstarter.com they pre-sold the second album for $5, or both a download of “Pillow Talk” and the pre-sale of “The Runaround” for $10. This came with the risk that if they did not meet their goal and raise enough money to record a second album, the people who pre-ordered “The Runaround” would be down $5. Luckily, Wild Child was able to reach their $40,000 goal and is currently working on the second album.
By: Sara Yufa
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