Thursday, February 2, 2023

Wild Child - "End of the World"

Photo by Megan Buse

Austin's Wild Child have one of those sounds that's completely familiar and completely unique at the same time. Their latest single, "End of the World," was inspired by the deadly Texas freeze of 2021. Despite that, the song is an upbeat and rollicking song that borrows heavily from 90's power pop. It's filled with fuzzy guitars and has an early Fountains of Wayne style to it. What makes "End of the World" stand out is Wild Child's natural country and soul sound to the song. It could just be Kelsey Wilson's vocals giving it that sound, but it gives a song about freezing to death a warm, friendly sound.

Alexander Beggins says of the band's new song:

Amidst the chaos, ‘End Of The World’ was conceived as a reflection or means of trying to make sense of all of the unsettling events unfolding in front of us in real time and around the world. After the ice began to melt and we were able to drive to the studio in Denton, TX, 'Lean On Me' came on the radio and added a top-notch layer of levity to the surreal moment. We recorded 'End of the World' right when we got to the studio, infused with all of the cabin fever and frantic energy of the previous week." 

You can listen to "End of the World" below. End of the World, the album, is due out March 31 on Reba's Ranch Records. For more on Wild Child, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.

April 13         Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
April 14         New York, NY @ Racket
April 15         Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 16         Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
April 18         Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
April 19         Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
April 20         Nashville, TN @ Blue Room @ Thurman
April 22         Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
April 23         Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
May 5            Austin, TX @ Emo’s
May 6            Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips FTW
May 9            Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
May 11          Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
May 12          Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
May 13          Fort Collins, CO @ The Aggie Theatre
May 14          Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
May 16          Boise, ID @ The Olympic
May 18          Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 19          Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
May 20          Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
May 21          Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall

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