reppin: queens & brooklyn, usa // tiny engines // 2015 - present
sounds like: the 2002 oakland a’s but for music (referencing the team from the movie, Moneyball staring the handsome Brad Pitt)
last album drop: wild pink (feb 2017)
featuring: john // tc // dan
In the boroughs of New York, Wild Pink was once upon a time ago a electronic pop group called Challenger. At some point they said fuck it, stripped the electronic and got a bit more power poppy and shoegazey. After a few EPs in 2015, they quickly took notice of some smaller indie labels and have been touring like crazy to get their name out there. Some would call it a “mid-fi” sound because it is the middle something. Maybe? Either way, these dudes give you a lovely sort of vibe as if you are floating down the river in a kayak and then bam, time to handle those rapids in front of you. Whatever you come up with, John, TC and Dan have channeled their inner 90s alternative/indie sound with a modern twist that keeps your ears peaked.
Wild Pink is full of energy and for every darker moment in their music that comes across, you are kind of followed with this warm and cuddly one. It is this cycle that keeps you intrigued and wanting to find out what story they will tell next. I love how John’s voice meshes with the music as it is super mellow and fitting for the constant push and pull they give you. And that voice puts out some lyrics that make you think as they offer thoughts and experiences on love and life.
I had the chance to catch them at Chicago’s Empty Bottle to a decent size crowd on a cold night this past week. These guys do little talking as they let their instruments speak throughout their set. Their simple setup mimics their vibe as they want to give it to their audience straight with the simple goal of just enjoying yourself. Whether that gets you moving on your feet or you find yourself staring into space thinking about how this music impacts you, you leave feeling rewarded. I had a few minutes to get some one liner responses to a few questions. Catch them next time they are in your city.
Y’all have been a group for only a few short years. What do you attribute to finding your groove and your sound?
TC and I have been playing together since 2014. Dan started playing with us in 2016 and that's when things started to click.
When you are playing live, what is your mission? When you make eye contact with that fan out there, what do you want them to experience?
I hope people watching enjoy themselves! That's the mission..
What do you want people to get out of your lyrics? Has there been a defined path to how you want those to take in the words and stories?
If the lyrics resonate with someone then that's really awesome. I want people to interpret the words how they wish.
Do you have any corky rituals for pre/post show?
I drink Malort when we're in Chicago
I like to use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?
We're the 2002 Oakland A's but for music.
suggested listening experience: mellow weekday night with a few brews // long road trips // convincing friends who only listen to 90s music to branch out a bit