Austin-based band Wild Child found their way to Woodstock in the Catskills of New York for Radio Woodstock 100.1 Lunch Lounge. Van break-downs and ice aside, on Friday, January 22, the Indie Rock band took over the stage with a plethora of instruments and a spirited energy.
Promoting their third album ‘Fools‘ (Dualtone), they kicked off the mini-concert with Bullets, a song showcasing their ability to turn the saddest story into an upbeat lyrical therapy session. Matt Bradshaw’s optimistic trumpet solo lifted the entire mood.
Moving on to the title track, Fools, barefoot Kelsey Wilson’s repetition of “If you have to go, I’ll play the fool,” became a mantra of acceptance and positivity that accompanied Sadie Wolfe’s artful cello. Along with the chorus, bassist Jay Goodman mades sure this song stays in your head and in your heart. (Note: bass recorded by Chris D’Annunzio on the album itself).
Their third song, Meadows, actually #5 on the new album, highlighted the incredible writing team that is Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins (uke & lead vocals). Wilson and Beggins co-wrote every song on this album, with the exception of Fools and The Cracks, of which the entire band contributed.
Then came Break Bones, a “fight-fair” song with a dramatic introduction by keyboardist Evan Magers and Alex Beckmann on drums (note: Drew Brunetti recorded the drums for the album itself.) Incredible lyrics with meaningful harmonies: “There is more breaking here then we could ever mend.” Just a stellar line, highlighting the power our words can have on our loved ones. This crew does not fear digging deep, and sharing their lessons.
Reno, mellow and reminiscent, pleases us with solid strings. Towards the end of the song there was a dance between the purposeful picking of the ukulele and an almost melancholy cello. A stunning juxtaposition.
Ending the concert with the #4 track Stones, we were treated to the harmonious vocal duo of Wilson and Beggins.
All are encouraged to visit Wild Child’s website and get their hands and ears on this album. The listener will undeniably be reminded of the vocalizations that branded the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries. Each track is a song-writing gem of its own merit, and each instrument finds a perfect home in this wild family of buoyant diversity.