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What are the three touring essentials you must have with you while on the road to survive?
Vitamin C, coffee, and headphones. When we have a few free hours between sound check and the show I love to wander around the town we're playing alone and listen to records. It's a nice way to explore.
You’re just coming off a run with Pure Bathing Culture, how do you feel it went? Maybe considering the EP is still very new?
We had a great time on tour with Pure Bathing Culture. They are not only incredibly talented musicians, but excellent individuals to spend a month with. Even though our Heatwave EP is still so new, it killed me to see people singing along to the words every night. That is the best feeling. We're looking forward to the second leg of this tour on the west coast at the end of this month.
“Heatwave” dropped really recently on August 14th. The songs for the EP, were they collected from over the years. Were they written in particular for this EP?
We had been working on this collection of songs for a year or so. We originally intended to make a full length but realized along the way that these songs deserved their own release. Since then we've been demoing new songs for our upcoming full length.
How does the band go about the songwriting process? Is it one person, more collective?
It is a very democratic process. Thomas and I had been in bands previously where there was one band leader/writer and came to see that as an unhealthy dynamic. In Wild Ones we each contribute our own parts. A song typically begins with Nick or Thomas, then me, then back to them to restructure and add details, and then to Seve to work out drums. This way we are all equally invested and proud of the work.
With this EP coming out, do you think it is a good indication of a full length to come soon or is that something that is still a while off?
We have been demoing a ton of new songs for a 2016 full length! We're very excited. I think we are learning how best to create a cohesive collection of songs that pulls us out of our comfort zone a bit.
What was the first CD/Cassette you bought as a kid? What was the first concert you went to?
Oh man, well I was raised out in the woods on 80s and 90s country music. My first CD was probably Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. I remember my first concert very well. It was The Judds at a county fair in south eastern Washington. All of my vocal training has been informal and much of it probably came from singing along to Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. I didn't start listening to pop and indie music until middle school.
What is coming up for Wild Ones within the next few months?
We'll finish the second leg of our national tour in a couple of weeks and will then be putting all of our efforts into writing and recording our full length record. With winter approaching, it's the perfect time to hibernate in the studio.