"Rarely does a young band emerge with a combination of skills, talents and vision fully developed. But the LA-based quintet The Lonely Wild is that true gem who’s writing and arranging talents are only surpassed by its members’ ability to work seamlessly as a singular, dynamic voice.
Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans such as Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Chris Douridas (KCRW) and Kevin Bronson (BuzzBands LA) on board. and opening for John Doe, Damien Rice, Phosphorescent, The Elected, Laura Marling and Lord Huron in addition to their highly successful residency at Silverlake’s famed Satellite.
The Lonely Wild’s The Sun As It Comes is a record that reflects upon the times in which we live while taking the listener on a sonic journey of impressive heights.”
Someone said we have a Laurel Canyon vibe with the intensity of a big city. I think that fits.
I’m inspired by people and their stories. Most songs I write are about people I know, or experiences I’ve had, but I’m also inspired by what I read in the news, social injustice, and how we as a society react to these things. The origins of our songs are usually very simple, often just starting with voice and guitar. Sometimes the melody comes first, sometimes the words, and sometimes the chords come first and the melody is constructed afterward. Some songs come all at once, and I have to stop what I’m doing and just try to keep up with myself to get it all out before it’s lost. Other songs are labored over and take months to complete. There’s no one perfect formula. But in order to make them Lonely Wild songs, I pull bits and pieces, from a large pallet for the arrangements. I take from rock music, folk, impressionism, minimalism, choral music, old film scores—whatever will best serve the mood of the song, in the most unique way I can imagine. I demo the tune, and bring it to the group where it continues to morph and coalesce as we work out the parts.
Right now, I’d really like to collaborate with John McEntire. Tortoise is one of my favorite bands, and he’s produced a slew of fantastic records. I love his ability to take what could be a very simple or boring arrangement and freak it out, and take it to new, uncharted sonic territory. I also love the way drums sound on his records. I would love to get in a studio with him and hear what comes out.
We’re currently working on our next record. We’ve got lots of new material and more coming every day. In the next few months, you can expect another video to roll out from
The Sun As It Comes
album, and a lot more touring in 2014.
-Andrew Carroll (Lonely Wild’s lead vocals)
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