Review :: The Lonely Wild’s The Sun As It Comes
Los Angeles-based Western-inspired indie rock band The Lonely Wild stand out from the mass of faux-Western thrift-store wearing, stylized-facial hair toting bands, by having built a reputation for their authentic, fiery, and passionate live performances. On their first full-length LP The Sun As It Comes (Release: April 2 - buy it here), the band have drawn on these characteristics to boldly paint a hyper-realist portrait of a raw and thrilling journey through an unforgiving, scorching desert landscape.
The journey starts with the album’s title track, ‘The Sun As It Comes’, stirring in the suspenseful pre-dawn moments before the song crests in a brilliant burst of searing guitar flurries and radiant cymbal bursts. In the desert wilderness, the sun is not only a warm source of invigoration but also an unrelenting, volatile force and our leaders are racing onward onto the scorched terrain, weary and wrought but ever-optimistic of the horizons ahead.
‘Everything You Need’ is a harrowing song, churning at a restless pace with an arrangement confidently teetering on clangorous tumult. The track indulges the Southwestern instrumentation that the band have become renowned for, featuring driving, strummed guitar, thunderous drums, and sonorous trumpet melodies. Lead singer Andrew Carroll’s plaintive roaring vocals are laced by the soaring, emotive female vocals of band multi-instrumentalist Jessi Williams.
Torches’ When You Gonna?
Torches are an LA indie rock band that I had the pleasure to work with during our summer Sunday music series, Everything Under the Sunday, and it was apparent that this trio were really onto something. On their first LP, they affixed their new name to their sound and with the first track off of the upcoming EP ‘If the People Stare’, they’re proving that they are continually evolving and maturing that sound.
‘When You Gonna’ is a stirring track that starts with boisterous drums and a driving bass, charged by melody-laden guitar riffs and arpeggiated synths fluttering in and out. The pace picks up on the chorus where Eric Fabbro (drums) adds hi-hat flashes as Azad (guitar/singer) deftly traces his soft-spoken vocals with his guitar hooks and Braeden Henderson (bass) echos the inquisitive lyrics with her own haunting vocals.
Stream/download ‘When You Gonna’ above and keep your eyes and ear on Torches for the release of their new EP!
Everything Under the Sunday
Summer Sunday Afternoons
at Villain’s Tavern
This Sunday July 22nd, we’ll be celebrating the end to another exciting free live music Bloom Festival over at Villain’s Tavern as part of our Everything Under the Sunday series and we’ve got some great bands to keep the rocking weekend going including indie acoustic blues rockers King Devil and Americana indie folk rock band Brown & Blue!
Plus we’ll be joining DowntownLobby.com’s DJ Stage at Bloom Fest on Saturday July 21st with a full offering of summery tunes so drop by and say ‘hi’
This event is free and strictly 21+