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Lollapalooza 2014 OEB Spotlight: Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Holloway (Hey Love)”

 

Pairs Well With… Passion Pit, Alt-J, M-83

 

Wildcat! Wildcat!’s lead singles from their upcoming debut full-length No Moon at All (due 8/5) are the real deal.  “Hero” is a pulsing synth-rock track has a hushed, yet epic nature.  “Holloway (Hey Love)” is an even more accomplished track, spaced out melodies twisting through a joyous march.  Wildcat! Wildcat! take a huge pop sound and then cut it in half, pulling back to not be abrasive to an indie ear.  Sick stuff.  Wildcat! Wildcat! have an early afternoon slot at Lollapalooza, Saturday at 1:30 on the Lake Shore stage, one of many reasons to spot up early at these big tent festivals. 

2013 Review: With only a triplet of released tracks floating around the web, Wildcat! Wildcat! are brimming with potential leading into SXSW.  The Los Angeles based trio builds their songs both organically and electronically, reaching towards a pulsing pop sound.  This isn’t quite radio-friendly material, rather Wildcat! Wildcat! focuses on inventive melodies and diversions with an experimental eye towards songwriting.  Their introverted style is similar to Passion Pit – you could beat your head to the beat or take a closer listen to discover a fully formed composition.  Dance pop, reggae, ambience and indie rock all take their turns within each track.  Wildcat! Wildcat! is the most interesting electronic-based artist I’ve reviewed so far (note: Lucas covers many of these), so I’m really hoping they can translate this well to the stage at SXSW.

Wildcat! Wildcat! – “Mr. Quiche”

 

Pairs Well With… Passion Pit, Grouplove, Alt-J

 

With only a triplet of released tracks floating around the web, Wildcat! Wildcat! are brimming with potential leading into SXSW.  The Los Angeles based trio builds their songs both organically and electronically, reaching towards a pulsing pop sound.  This isn’t quite radio-friendly material, rather Wildcat! Wildcat! focuses on inventive melodies and diversions with an experimental eye towards songwriting.  Their introverted style is similar to Passion Pit – you could beat your head to the beat or take a closer listen to discover a fully formed composition.  Dance pop, reggae, ambience and indie rock all take their turns within each track.  Wildcat! Wildcat! is the most interesting electronic-based artist I’ve reviewed so far (note: Lucas covers many of these), so I’m really hoping they can translate this well to the stage at SXSW.      

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 56:

Both new acts and returning OEB favorites make up this latest set, with eight bands scoring a “5” or above.  Highlights:

The Whigs (10) - Songs like “Gospel” and “Waiting” exhibit a tied-in rhythm section that is often overlooked with bands focusing on instrumental dynamics so much these last couple of years.
Wildcat! Wildcat! (9) - This isn’t quite radio-friendly material, rather Wildcat! Wildcat! focuses on inventive melodies and diversions with an experimental eye towards songwriting.
Whitehorse (8) - The vocal back-and-forth they display on tracks like “Mismatched Eyes” and “Achilles’ Desire” is enchanting, an interplay that continues musically throughout the bluesy record.
Wild Child (8) - On the opposite side, Wild Child has a, well, wild side to them.  “The Tale of You & Me” builds into a rambunctious sing-a-long, like Edward Sharpe for a woodsier crowd.
Wheeler Brothers (6) – Austin’s Wheeler Brothers are a passionate outfit, which is displayed through raucous acoustic strums and soul-searching vocals on their 2011 LP.  Their strongest track is the laid back “Portraits”, which sounds to be an updated take on “Friend of the Devil”.
The Wellspring (5) – Indie folk pop duo The Wellspring have ‘mainstream’ written all over them, so look for some breakout potential at SXSW.  The band aims for sugary melodies with a soft rock edge, but there’s tenderness to their songwriting and vocals that warrants a mention.
Wet Nuns (5) – Musically, I’m really digging on Wet Nuns’ heavy, pounding blues-rock riffs.  Their vocalist knowingly screams through his lyrics, which surprisingly doesn’t really mesh well with the loose grooves of the band.
White Violet (5) - Athens, Georgia indie rock band White Violet sounds like a gritty, dark version of Wilco on their latest record Hiding, Mingling.  Most of the tracks hit at most a mid-tempo beat, creating a sadness that resides over the whole album.

SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 56:


Both new acts and returning OEB favorites make up this latest set, with eight bands scoring a “5” or above.  Highlights:


The Whigs (10) - Songs like “Gospel” and “Waiting” exhibit a tied-in rhythm section that is often overlooked with bands focusing on instrumental dynamics so much these last couple of years.

Wildcat! Wildcat! (9) - This isn’t quite radio-friendly material, rather Wildcat! Wildcat! focuses on inventive melodies and diversions with an experimental eye towards songwriting.

Whitehorse (8) - The vocal back-and-forth they display on tracks like “Mismatched Eyes” and “Achilles’ Desire” is enchanting, an interplay that continues musically throughout the bluesy record.

Wild Child (8) - On the opposite side, Wild Child has a, well, wild side to them.  “The Tale of You & Me” builds into a rambunctious sing-a-long, like Edward Sharpe for a woodsier crowd.

Wheeler Brothers (6) – Austin’s Wheeler Brothers are a passionate outfit, which is displayed through raucous acoustic strums and soul-searching vocals on their 2011 LP.  Their strongest track is the laid back “Portraits”, which sounds to be an updated take on “Friend of the Devil”.

The Wellspring (5) – Indie folk pop duo The Wellspring have ‘mainstream’ written all over them, so look for some breakout potential at SXSW.  The band aims for sugary melodies with a soft rock edge, but there’s tenderness to their songwriting and vocals that warrants a mention.

Wet Nuns (5) – Musically, I’m really digging on Wet Nuns’ heavy, pounding blues-rock riffs.  Their vocalist knowingly screams through his lyrics, which surprisingly doesn’t really mesh well with the loose grooves of the band.

White Violet (5) - Athens, Georgia indie rock band White Violet sounds like a gritty, dark version of Wilco on their latest record Hiding, Mingling.  Most of the tracks hit at most a mid-tempo beat, creating a sadness that resides over the whole album.