This Wild Life

The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Presents...

This Wild Life

A Will Away, Dryjacket

Fri, July 28, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

This Wild Life
This Wild Life
This Wild Life have only been around since 2010 but they've already had multiple lives. The duo of Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso met as outcast drummers in their hometown of Long Beach, California, and eventually formed a well-received punk act. However, they eventually started to notice that their fans seemed to gravitate toward the duo's acoustic material, which inspired them to form This Wild Life six years ago. Correspondingly if 2014's Epitaph Records debut album Clouded saw them transitioning from stage dives to sing-alongs, their new album Low Tides shows the duo taking their songwriting to the next level by fleshing out these ten tracks with expanded arrangements and inventive instrumentation. In other words, it isn't as much a reinvention as it is a progression and one that's as memorable as they come.
In the same way that Clouded saw This Wild Life transitioning into the acoustic
realm, Low Tides sees them continuing that fearless process of evolution... although it wasn't an easy decision from the start. “A big part of what helped us make this record was the encouragement of Brett Gurewitz,” Jordan explains, referencing the label's owner and guitarist for Bad Religion. “He sat us down and said, 'Most bands don't change enough, so if you guys are proud of these songs don't be shy about trying new things and just go for it,” he continues. “Once we heard that our label owner was on board we knew we could make the record we wanted to make instead of just writing songs that we thought people wanted to hear.” That spirit of liberation is dripping all over Low Tides from the ominous aura of “Let Go” to the falsetto-friendly finale “Brick Wall”
“We went into this album much more open-minded than we did on the last one because we've listened to so much new music over the past three years,” Jordan explains, adding that the fact that they had more time to write and record their music this time around is another reason why Low Tidesfeels more fully formed. Additionally, splitting the
recording duties between two producers—Copeland's Aaron Marsh and their friend Sir Sly's Jason Suwito—allowed the band to play to their strengths in a way they never have before. “Aaron is so great with organic instrumentation like strings and harmonies which we really wanted to shine through on this album,” Del Grosso explains. “Alternately Jason is a really modern producer who dove more into the moody electronic and ambient elements.” The result is the best of both sonic worlds, a fact that's evident in every note of Low Tides.
Another thing that's endeared This Wild Life to their fans is the intensely personal nature of their lyrics and the band don't pull any punches in that regard this time around. “The songs that scare me the most tend to be the ones that people connect to the most so I felt like I had to be completely open when we were writing this album,” Jordan explains. “There are some lyrics on the album that were really uncomfortable for me to write but since they were coming from such an honest place I hope that people will perceive it in a good way.” This is especially notable on “Break Down” which is a love song that's as messy as relationships are in real life and proves that you don't need metaphors and fancy wordplay in order to write a song that's relatable on a raw, emotional level. In some ways This Wild Life's direct approach makes it more real-sounding.
In other words, when the duo sing “I'm learning when to let go” over shimmering synths and crashing drums on “Let Go,” they mean it and in that spirit they've also embraced their past as a conduit for helping them become the band they are today.
When you consider the way the songs on Low Tides themselves to like performances it seems inevitable that this is the moment that takes This Wild Life out of the background and propels them into the spotlight. “For the first time in our career I think we have the production and the live show to take our performances to the next level and the songs on this album really embody that leap forward as well,” Jordan summarizes. But don't take our word for it, check out This Wild Life when they come through your city and witness their power and beauty firsthand.
A Will Away
A Will Away
Imagine for a second that you live in Connecticut and you’re into punk rock—there really aren’t two things further apart from one another. While much has been written over the years about vibrant scenes in nearby Brooklyn, Boston and various locales in New Jersey, the Constitution State lacks a strong musical identity and is frequently overlooked. But if you ask Matt Carlson, that’s how he discovered his musical voice.

“There’s no community in Connecticut,” says the frontman of A Will Away. “When we first started,, we were playing maybe 50 scene kids, and they’re all in bands or each other’s merch people, and it’s all pay-to-play. It was a good time for us when we were starting, but we realized we didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. I think we developed our sound completely independently of the state.”

That sound has developed wildly throughout A Will Away’s first four years as a band, first starting off as admittedly cookie-cutter pop-punk but maturing into something special and unique on their new EP, Bliss, out Oct. TK on Triple Crown Records. The five-song EP, originally released in March on Quiet Fire Media (a label run by members of Head North), is emotionally resonant and musically powerful, with fully realized rock songs that sit comfortably between underground guitar rock stalwarts like Balance And Composure and Transit without feeling derivative of either. What’s more impressive is that Bliss almost never existed in its current form—the EP was born out of unfulfilling writing sessions for a full-length that the band was less than happy with.

“It took us three weeks to write Bliss—the songs just kind of exploded out of the band,” Carlson remembers. We knew we had to write a record and we knew we only had three weeks before we were supposed to be in the studio, and we’d been writing this full-length—and we scrapped it. We started from scratch and just started playing. It was a new and unique writing process for us, but it has come to be the only way that we write now. We bring small pieces of ideas to the table, and everybody’s in a similar headspace. [Guitarist] Collin [Waldron] and I do the majority of our lyrical work, but we don’t do it without having widespread conversation across our band to get everybody on the same page of what the song’s about.”

While Carlson personally resonates the most with “Be Easy” and “Cheap Wine” (“‘Cheap Wine’ was an absolute mountain of a song to conquer,” he beams), he thinks all five songs can appeal to just about anyone, if they just take the time to listen. “We want to play a role in peoples’ lives,” he says. “We are constantly pushing ourselves to be more innovative and be better. If people are influenced by that, that is absolutely incredible.”

But at the end of the day, A Will Away didn’t write Bliss for anyone but themselves—a lesson they never could have learned without the past four years of trial and error. “We had reached this point where we had made all these previous records and we really tried to cater and direct those to an audience when we made them,” the singer admits. “I think we found over time that what we were missing and what we were losing throughout that process was playing music for ourselves—the reason we started playing to begin with. We wanted to bring out the best of ourselves as musicians.”
Hailing from Marlton, New Jersey, indie rock band Dryjacket draw on emo, punk-pop, and math rock with less weighty results. Formed in 2014 by lead singer/guitarist Joe Junod, who had some songs in hand, guitarists Brad Wyllner and Ian Foley, and drummer Adam Cerdan, the band made an impression quickly. After some rehearsing and a few house shows, they opened multiple shows for Somos, and were contacted by Hopeless Records within months of forming. The label released the quartet's debut EP, Lights, Locks, & Faucets, in 2015. The band did a short headlining tour of the Great Lakes region in early 2016 before hitting the road in support of Yellowcard. Dryjacket's first full-length album, For Posterity, arrived in January 2017. ~ Marcy Donelson
Venue Information:
The Vanguard
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103