The first breath of true autumn weather lingered in the atmosphere. Crisp air and sharp winds were worth braving for the Wild Child CD-Release Party. The show was endorsed by the Austin Edition of Nylon Daily, and the album had reached No.4 on The Hype Machine; The Parish was certainly the place to be in Austin, Texas on that cool Thursday evening.
Kicking off the evening was Shakey Graves strumming a guitar as he sat on top of an interesting music contraption—some sort of bass drum embedded in a suitcase, with exposed symbols triggered by his left heel, and the bass drum beaten by the right—there he sat, wearing ankle boots, and skinny jeans and a side-swept curl. Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s voice carried on a rich southern tone as he sang a modern hybrid of the blues and folk. The solo artist, appearing as a music producing machine, sounded particularly remarkable in The Parish. Notoriously, nothing holds light to the brilliant acoustic value that The Parish, and Shakey Graves’ voice resonated firmly and flawless throughout the venue. Raising his can of PBR and timidly sipping—Shakey Graves performed “Word Of Mouth”. The track ended amusingly with Garcia holding a long, silly pitch as he tried to unravel the wires from his bass-drum-kicking ankles. From his latest album, Roll the Bones, Shakey Graves showcased “City in a Bottle” and “Unlucky Skin”. Before performing “Roll the Bones”, Rose-Garcia put on a bright red cape in honor of Cherry Bomb. After winning over the audience with laughter and charm, the full-house moved closer and closed the gap in front of the stage to sway and stare in awe for the final track, “Built to Roam”. After enamoring the audience, Rose-Garcia stood up said his goodbyes and introduced a local favorite, Little Lo.
After tuning to “My Girl”, Little Lo took the stage with a demanding presence. Little Lo performed tracks primarily from A Poison Tree with attitude showcasing their mastered indie-folk-rock style. With incredible compositions featuring strings, percussion, keyboard, horns and sax, Little Lo sounded crisp– complementing the poetic lyrics sung by delicate voices. Beneath the milky blue lights, the band’s charming style harnessed the essence of the venue. The band captivated the audience with “Roots, Trees, and Wires”—the track features a voice that drips like molasses, lyrics that taste sour to the heart, a soul-warming harmony, and a crescendo that builds to a soothing suspension. Little Lo closed their performance with “Broken Skin”, a track that begins with what sounds like the faint cries of ghosts, which are silenced by the delicate voice of the front-man, and later accompanied with a sorrowful, but beautiful harmony.
Finally, the honorary band of the evening, Wild Child, took the stage. Their warm personalities and genuine laughter beamed from the stage into a crowded venue full of eager fans as they thanked everyone for attending. There, the strings, the banjo, the violins, the cello—were to be played, were to be used—were to recreate their debut album, Pillow Talk. They began with the first track listed on the album, “The Escape”. Their rich voices were complemented by the sonorous sounds of the banjo and the strings. They followed by “Whiskey Dreams” and “Silly Things”. Despite the somewhat morbid lyrics in “Cocaine Hurricane”, the crowd was dancing and smiling along to the endorphin-triggering rhythm and upbeat style. Hushing the rowdy crowd, lead female vocalist, Kelsey Wilson explains that the cellist, Sadie Wolfe, “needs to hear the sniff so that she knows when to begin.” With that being said, Wilson sniffed into the microphone and thus began the waltz-like track, “I’ll Figure You Out”. The evening continued with humorous events—during “That’s What She Say” an audience member lifted and lit a lighter while swaying to the rhythm to the playful, folky track. Inevitably, there were multiple sets of lighters in the audience—which resulted in about a dozen fans swaying with their lighters—to which Wilson and lead male-vocalist, Alexander Beggins could not help but to giggle and laugh. Their performance ended with the last track from their album, “The Tale of You & Me”. Despite hoping for an encore, the evening still had one performer remaining for the evening. Regardless, Wild Child’s performance was satisfying and fulfilling.
The evening closed with a highly-spoken of band, Agent Ribbons. The band opened with “I Was Born to Sing the Blues” and carried on into the dark hours of the night performing tracks from their large discography.
Wild Child’s CD Release Party featured some of Austin’s most hyped about musicians, all presenting folk aspects, but in vast and flawless ways. They all carried different presences, different demeanors, and different sense of humors— but all equivalently enchanting. The night was cold, but that music was absorbed like a warm glass of milk—the perfect concoction for dreaming.
(Wild Child performed at The Parish in Austin, Texas on October 27, 2011)