The Lonely Wild
Yellow Red Sparks, Metropolis America
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Lonely Wild
Rarely does a young band emerge with a combination of skills, talents and vision fully developed. But the LA-based quintet The Lonely Wild is that true gem who's writing and arranging talents are only surpassed by its members' ability to work seamlessly as a singular, dynamic voice.
Formed in 2010, The Lonely Wild is the brainchild of Andrew Carroll who had moved to Los Angeles to study writing, music and film. Carroll and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Ross met in school and quickly discovered that their skills as composers and arrangers complimented one another's abilities. The two added lead guitarist Andrew Schneider, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jessi Williams and drummer Dave Farina to round out the mix – each a friend or fellow LA performer bringing their own unique background and talent.
Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans such as Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Chris Douridas (KCRW) and Kevin Bronson (BuzzBands LA) on board. The band continued to hone their dynamic live performance through a series of high-profile shows opening for John Doe, Damien Rice, The Elected, Laura Marling and Lord Huron in addition to their highly successful residency at Silverlake's famed Satellite.
In early 2012, the band holed up in The Hangar in Sacramento for a weeklong recording session. Working through consecutive 16, 18 and 24 hour days to produce what would ultimately become The Sun As It Comes, an album filled with gut-wrenching emotion, fragile beauty, and explosive energy. "It was a true labor of love," Carroll says, "and a sheer force of will, that allowed us to
finish this record. We all knew it was the most important artistic statement we had ever made, so we had to pull out all the stops."
The title-track kicks things off, opening with sparse guitar and dual male/female vocals of parents imparting a lesson to a child. As the arrangement expands to multiple layers and textures, the lyrics transition to a more global scope with the second verse questioning how long someone can
ignore the sound of one drum being played by "the hands of millions."
"The song was inspired by the Arab Spring," explains Carroll. Despite the arguably polarizing subject matter, the lyrical nuance and cinematic arrangement ascend to an emotional climax, bringing the listener closer to the beauty that can lie in unsettling chaos.
Heavily influenced by Matt Taibi's The Griftopia, "Banks and Ballrooms" explores the idea of success being defined solely by monetary wealth. Drums pulse and persist, almost as if leading the charge of the common-man marching to confront the 1% head-on.
The album's up-tempo "Everything You Need" hits the ground running with thumping guitars and rhythm section before the mariachi-influenced two-part trumpet line interjects. Sung in tandem by Carroll and Williams, the narrator professes that they will be the constant in the listener's life, singing, "I will beat your heart," a line that recurs throughout the album – a subtle beacon of hope.
The epic track "Buried In The Murder" is a sonic voyage that perhaps best showcases The Lonely Wild's unique and genre-defying sound. Carroll's lyrics act almost as a confession of guilt for playing a part in corruption, greed and entitlement. With an arrangement reminiscent of a classic western, the song allows The Lonely Wild to truly showcase their unique ability to perform each
part with bombastic confidence as a singular unit. No one voice outshines the other; no member more important – collaboration rarely found in a developing band.
Slated for an April 2, 2013 release via their own Ursa Major Recordings (distributed and marketed by Thirty Tigers/RED), The Lonely Wild's The Sun As It Comes is a record that reflects upon the times in which we live while taking the listener on a sonic journey of impressive heights.
Yellow Red Sparks
All of us struggle. All of us experience pain. All of us feel frustration and confusion. Every single one of us carries the weight of fear, hope and loss. As a result, many of us become living, breathing, overloaded, counterweight backpacks. This is the daily thought process of songwriter Joshua Hanson, son of a lounge-singing mother and a theatrically trained father, who in turn became the genetic catalyst of their combined melancholia. Hanson compels us to look within ourselves for the truth, guiding us as we navigate through our own deepest personal relationships while allowing us to relate to the complexity of where he's coming from.
Growing up in Yellow Pine, Idaho and eventually relocating to Southern California, Joshua began writing and performing under the solo acoustic moniker, Yellow Red Sparks. He quickly grew a passionate local following and self released an EP on iTunes entitled, "Simply Put ME In YOUR Place". Since then he has added Goldy (drums and vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals and banjo) as full time members and together, they take Hanson's songs of heartache and make us want to fall in love.
The band has recently completed their first full-length record and released an introductory EP entitled, "Four Steps In Corsets" in June through ORG Music. The upcoming full-length, which includes three tracks from their debut EP, was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly), mixed by Grammy award winner, Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Colbie Caillat), and mastered by multi-Grammy award winner, Brian Lucey (The Shins, Sigur Rós, The Black Keys). On record, the trio successfully weaves the bare roots of songwriting, the rich harmonies of choir and the symphonic arrangements of old film to create a cinematic texture of their own.
With a strong emphasis on lyrical content, Yellow Red Sparks create music with a timeless feel and continues the tradition of providing an open and honest perspective to raw universal emotions that come with the everyday trials of life.
"They are everything an indie band should be: melodic, rhythmic, lyrically sensitive yet positive. Oh, and extra indie points for having an introverted female cellist. Singer Josh Hanson has a voice reminiscent of the distinct Collin Meloy of the Decemberists (he has thick, black glasses and everything!). Whether Yellow Red Sparks have you singing along ("and the tickets were free"), contemplating deep lyrics or swaying with the melody, chances are you're enjoying yourself—whether it's your first or 20th listen." - OC Weekly, Best Indie Band 2012
"Hanson has an instantly recognizable style, and he finds a way to fit his, at times, wordy phrases into coherent, pleasantly constructed melodies. He then fits these phrases and melodies into the songs through experimenting with and mastering changing, complex vocal patterns. The result is very impressive and presents a seemingly effortless display of musical mastery. It is this very feature that creates the instantly recognizable quality of Yellow Red Sparks." - Music In Press
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