Fiercely independent road warriors Wild Child, an “indie powerhouse,” has spent the past year stepping into that spotlight, playing stages as major as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wakarusa, Firefly Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, and Savannah Stopover.
Behind their second album, The Runaround, the premiere release on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, the Austin six piece earned NPR’s Top Ten Songs of 2013 honors for the song “Living Tree,” and saw five additional songs hit number 1 on Hype Machine’s Popular chart. Their Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube streams have eclipsed ten million listens, and they’ve appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and an airing of eTown Radio. The lead single from The Runaround, “Crazy Bird,” debuted on Specialty Radio at number one fueled by an electrifying performance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Together since 2010, the band has been hailed as one of the top acts in music-rich Austin since the release of debut album Pillow Talk; their mix of folk, pop, and gypsy melodies make them sound like little else. Kelsey Wilson has “the voice of a Jazz Age Broadway baby,” writes NPR, “all coos and hiccups and shivers.” Among unanimously illustrious praise from the likes of Paste Magazine, Relix Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Indie Shuffle, The Austin Chronicle, and American Songwriter, the Austin AmericanStatesman has anointed Wild Child as “Austin’s next national breakout act.” Countless sold-out shows across the US suggest that that foretold future may in fact already be upon us.
Incorporating violin, ukulele, cello, piano, bass, banjo, and horns in ways that few bands could conceive of today, Wild Child has broken through as one of the preeminent bands in one of the most storied music cities in the world, winning back-to-back honors as the city’s Best Indie Band at the Austin Music Awards.
“Music defines us,” says Wild Child’s co-frontman Alexander Beggins. “We get up every day to stomp, clap, whoop, holler, and dance with our family on stage and our friends in the crowd. We’re always looking for ways to expand our sound and push our boundaries musically, and we’re always looking for the next thing, the next sound, the next song. But in the meantime, it just blows our mind to stand on stage and look out into the crowd and see people singing along.”
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