SXSW 2015 Interview: The Lonely Wild

By on Monday, 23rd March 2015 at 11:00 am

Folk / pop / rock band The Lonely Wild are based in the creative hotbed of music in Los Angeles known as the Silverlake area. Tuesday afternoon at SXSW 2015, the five member strong band – comprised of frontman Andrew Carroll (vocals / guitar), Jessi Williams (synth, guitar, bass, trumpet), Andrew Schneider (bass), Ryan Ross (keys and trumpet) and Dave Farina (drums) – performed on one of the earliest afternoon showcases of the week, as part of the first day of bands put on at the StubHub Experience / Culture Collide event at Clive Bar, located in the heart of what us SXSW regulars call the Rainey Street area. I grabbed a chat with them after their performance in front of what was clearly an audience raring to go for the week.

The band have recorded a new album ‘Chasing White Light’, which is due out later this year (its official release date yet to be announced). In this interview, they tell me about the recording of the album in a new way and on analogue equipment with producer John Vanderslice, owner of the legendary Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco’s Mission District. The group also provide insight into one of their new songs on the album, ‘Free from Harm’, which has been inspired by the two Andrews’ own marches towards fatherhood later this year, and we discuss the ever moving target for what an indie band is supposed to sound like. Listen to the interview in full below.

Thanks very much to The Lonely Wild for hanging around after their set to chat with me at Clive Bar. If you’re keen on reading my SXSW 2015 bands to watch preview I wrote on them that posted on TGTF back in January, go here; you can also read multi-instrumentalist Jessi Williams’ answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions as well.

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