The Wild has played one gig in Savannah — they opened for The Queers almost two years ago at The Wormhole. And I’ve been a fan ever since.
I sure hope we’ll get a chance to experience more of The Wild’s DIY/folk/punk sensibility soon.
The Wild, which was formed in Atlanta, has now been chosen as The Blue Indian’s Band of the Month for December.
From TBI’s interview with singer and guitarist Witt:
It is the nature of a lot of folk musicians to ‘observe’ the world around them and then use their music to try and help themselves and their audience make sense of it. A lot of my own commentary on politics in my songwriting is really based on myself trying to work out something that I can’t quite stomach. We all play music, because we want to have some kind of positive impact on the world. Offering people a little 30 minute recess from their jobs and anxieties, so that they can sweat and dance with their friends is an extremely political thing in my book. It creates a space where people can kind of transcend the things that hold them down in their day-to-day lives and it’s kind of like saying, ‘If we can do this together, then what can’t we do?’ The society we’ve created can be really isolating, and when we see strangers interacting and dancing together and sharing ideas at our shows, it feels really good.
The band hasn’t been playing much in the Southeast since Dianna went to San Francisco to finish school, but The Wild will be back in Atlanta on January 6 at Under the Couch and then will be making their way back out west with The Front Bottoms and You Blew It! The full lineup is in the TBI feature.
I love The Wild’s first album Set Ourselves Free and supported the Kickstarter for their latest album Dreams are Maps. It was one of those cases when a band maybe didn’t know how much support they have out there — they more than doubled the original campaign fundraising goal.
Some photos on The Wild’s Facebook page give a great sense of the energy of their live sets. Click on through for more and to “like” the band (or click here if embed isn’t working):
Yes, I know that the Facebook embed is extending into the sidebar with galleries, but that’s how it is. Facebook has not figured out how to allow embedded posts to be modified for width (something easy to do with YouTube, Vimeo, and other sites) and the embedded posts are not responsive like Soundcloud and other embeds. So there you have it.