Wild Ones

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It’s always encouraging to see people pelted with life’s lemons emerge with a fresh pitcher of lemonade, and Wild Ones have a story that makes you want to root for them. It took the band about nine months to record and mix their debut, Keep it Safe, and in the past couple years, they’ve experienced some serious setbacks—guitarist Clayton Knapp’s blown-out eardrum and drummer Seve Sheldon’s punctured lung among them. But this crew’s got determination. And though they’ve all been in bands before, this one’s particularly democratic; they all preach the egalitarian nature of each member of their sextet.

Still, let’s be clear: It’s Danielle Sullivan’s butter-soft and perfectly airy vocals that tie up the Wild Ones package particularly nicely. She embodies notes of Emily Haines, Jenny Lewis, the Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman and even a little bit of the Cardigans’ Nina Persson. The vehicle, though, is just as pleasant: a deliciously retro and yet simultaneously modern combination of synths, airy atmospherics, percussive grace and twee indie charms. And they’re not exactly wild, but a fondness for Rilo Kiley, Metric or Beach House will turn you into a Wild Ones cheerleader.

Despite the hindrances of health woes and empty pockets, there’s no shortage of delicacy and beauty on this Portland-born collective’s only LP. They recorded around that city’s greats, like Quasi and the Thermals, so maybe a little professionalism and fight rubbed off. Sure sounds like it. // BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $10. With Weekender + Geology. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com

 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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The Boot & Saddle , 1131 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
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