Wild Child hail from Austin, Texas, USA. The sextet are known for their breezy, ukulele led indie pop and have released two studio albums since their debut in 2011.
Is anyone else surprised that these guys are the first band to ever make an impact with the name Wild Child? There must be some long forgotten glam metal band that had a minor hit in 1987 with that name; it’s just way too good to pass up! However, any good name must have a good band to go with them, and with these Austin natives, they have a truly excellent one.
The band was formed around the songwriting partnership of Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins. They were both struggling musicians on the Austin indie scene and they met while touring with another act, called The Migrant. Beggins, despite being an accordion player by trade, had bought a ukulele with him because he could pass it around the tour van with ease and when he and Wilson realized that they’d just been through nasty breakups, they began writing songs together
They realized they had some real chemistry and by the end of that tour they pretty much immediately started recording the albums worth of songs they had. They got some friends of theirs in to fill out the sound and Wild Child were born. The album was released independently in 2010 and it immediately got the attention of blogs like The Hype Machine while the band started to tour.
By 2013 the band had got the attention of indie rock icon Ben Kweller, who ended up produced their second effort “The Runaround” after he left the band a voice mail asking their permission to do so. The album was received very well, allowing them to tour with the John Butler Trio and play Bonnaroo festival for the very first time to a crowd of over 5000.
This is a band nearing the top of their game. They’re going to do some incredible stuff in their time and it’s going to be worth sticking around to see it. Highly recommended.