Words and photography by Ryan McKeeman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We made it down for The Wild Now's EP release party at Stubb's last Thursday. Tides dropped on Friday, April 15 and features six tracks that all sound great. Taylor Baker's vocals are crystal clear on the recording and the guitar work by Drew Walker is precise, supporting the sound when needed and confidently taking lead when things get sparse. There's great space in the recording - it feels like the band is all around you as you listen. Fans will feel right at home with "Gold Dust" and "Salt," which have been on Spotify now for several months.
The EP release party featured opening sets by Emily Bell and Say Girl Say at Stubb's Indoor stage. Both opening bands were met with warm reception from a crowd that continued to swell with each passing song. They even attracted tech visitors to Austin who happened to be walking down Red River after their Thursday program at the hotel let out.
Emily Bell really got the crowd warmed up with a straightforward rock-and-roll sound and even matched Taylor's white pants. She wasn't afraid to get down with the music, belting powerful lyrics from her knees reminiscent of classic rockers from the 60's and 70's.
The Wild Now
Fans enjoyed a special treat for guitarist Drew Walker's birthday - besides watching him play guitar and trumpet at the same time. Friends brought out a cake and Taylor got the audience started on a rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" that would make anyone's birthday memorable. The Wild Now played every track of the EP and even brought a special guest to the stage to join in the festivities.