Sunday, 6 October 2013

Wild Child - Crazy Bird/Rillo Talk

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On Tuesday (8th October), Texan septet Wild Child will be giving the world their new album 'The Runaround', well, they'll be giving it to North America predominantly, but import purchase options are already available on Amazon for UK fans, and ahead of release we thought we'd give the album's two singles so far a good coat of listening to. Wild Child, should you be unfamiliar with their work, are an indie-folk collective. Yes they have banjos and ukuleles and so on, but before you go running for the hills, stop and listen. This isn't the derivative, bandwagon-hopping dross you're thinking it is.

No, these guys aren't interested in that, they're focused on making good songs, and doing so their own way. With time-honoured instruments and so on, comparisons are inevitable, but we'll leave those up to you. 'Crazy Bird' is the most upbeat of the two and has some charming boy/girl vocals and melodies that are designed for easy public consumption but not for stadium sing-alongs like some more corporate-minded acts. Lower in pace but not quality, 'Rillo Talk' makes use of a ticking metronomic beat and a maudlin vibe for the most part; it's the sound of feeling a little let down, perhaps disappointed, but it builds to become something positive, and as its spirits raise and it looks to future prospects, your spirits will join them. Two contrasting songs from a band who are doing their own thing.

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Catch them live:

Oct 10 Good Records, Dallas, TX
Oct 10 The Prophet Bar, Dallas, TX
Oct 11 Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX
Oct 12 The Treaty Oak Collective, Houston, TX
Oct 13 Cactus Music, Houston, TX
Oct 17 Tammany Hall, New York, NY
Oct 18 North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 19 Thunderbird CafĂ©, Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 20 The Basement, Columbus, OH
Oct 22 Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 23 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Oct 24 The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
Oct 25 Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada  
Oct 29 Ice House, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 30 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Oct 31 Frequency, Madison, WI
Nov 10 Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
Nov 15 Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Nov 17 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 19 Brick and Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 22 Belly Up, Aspen, CO
Dec 10 The High Watt, Nashville, TN
Dec 11 The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
Dec 12 The Black Cat, Washington, DC
Dec 13 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Dec 14 Fairfield Theater, Fairfield, CT  
Dec 15 Great Scott, Boston, MA

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