Portland’s Wild Ones are quick to mention the arduous journey behind their debut album, Keep It Safe, which released earlier this year on Party Damage Records. The album took one year to write and an additional nine months to master, halting some of the band’s momentum. Due to their democratic approach to songwriting, they account for endless tweaks and adjustments before the album could unanimously be deemed ‘finished’.
Since their creation in 2010, Wild Ones have put everything through a band-wide vote – songwriting, mastering, logos – in order to give each member a stake in their creative process, something they felt was lacking in their previous bands. Given the breezy, easygoingness of the album, their method seems to be working at maximum capacity. Keep It Safe is immediately engaging and possesses an accessibility that makes it easy to play on repeat.
Though Wild Ones’ future was uncertain during the creation of Keep It Safe due to lineup changes and personal strain, the success of their album seems to have rejuvenated the group. They’re embarking on a winter tour throughout the west coast and released an addictive cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” to tide us over until Timbrrr Fest.
Nada Mucho: Have you been to Leavenworth?
Wild Ones’ guitarist, Nick Vicario: I don’t think any of us have ever been to Leavenworth but after a quick Google search, I have discovered that the town is modeled after a Bavarian village. This is pretty exciting.
NM: What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
NV: I don’t have a New Year’s resolution yet but our drummer Seve wants to try and gain some weight next year. He is feeling a little frail and honestly is worried about staying warm at Timbrrr.
NM: Timbrrr! advertises hot toddies. What are some of your favorite recipes?
NV: We are more of a dirty martini band. Would that be gross warm?
NM: The festival features snowshoeing and other winter-related activities. Do you have a favorite snow sport?
NV: Just the classics; skiing, snowball fights, snow angels, and scraping the ice off of my windshield.
NM: Which of your songs would you recommend listening to on a brisk winter day?
NV: I would say that our song “Nina” off of Keep it Safe has some chilly vibes but if you’re looking for a song to warm you up, I would snuggle up to “From Nothing”.
Timbrrr Fest! takes place January 10-12 in Leavenworth, Washington.
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- Kevin Long
- Barna Howard
- Lotte Kestner
- Joseph Giant
- The Moondoggies
- Full Lineup Announced
- You Me and Apollo
- Radiation City
- Hey Marseilles
- The Lonely Forest
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