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Q&A with Wild Ones about gear and creative process - "Heatwave" EP out now

Led by Danielle Sullivan's gentle and compassionate voice, Portland's indie pop outfit Wild Ones sounds anything but wild, although they do enjoy experimenting with sounds, which - in a sense - is kind of wild! Their music has the ability to sound at once warmly intimate and somewhat cerebral. This is must be the product of the fusion of the creative minds and talents of Danielle and keyboardist Thomas Himes. Our sister blog Delicious Audio asked them a few questions about their gear and compositional process. Link to the interview below. The band just released a new EP entitled "Heatwave," they'll be playing Mississippi Studio tonight (08.14).

LINK: Delicious Audio's Interview with Wild Ones.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging Portland artists - check it out!

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Album of the Month: Wild Ones 'Keep It Safe'

After having overcome some recent life challenges, last month Wild Ones re-released their debut album Keep It Safe through Topshelf Records.

Danielle Sullivan’s writing reflects some of the tensions leading to growth, tapping into lucid thoughts of pure connection and how letting go is easier for some than others. Her vocals are high and clear, and the formula of each song is still sweet and synthy. But what stands out most from the instrumentation of their previous EP, You’re A Winner, is the breadth of electronics, the new drumming of Seve Sheldon, and the guitar styling of Nick Vicario who transitioned from bassist to guitarist in the band. 

This album is bound to narrate upcoming summer excursions. Slower songs like “18 Mile Island” carry intricate guitar solos behind breezy soundscapes and lyrics of “make believin’ is the only thing i do.” “Lion Heart” begins beefed up with a heavy riff over drum beats, then hops and skips lightly into pop and intricate keyboard, before finishing with a rock guitar wail. There is a lot of crystalline electronic looping as well on tracks such as “Row,” and the final, title track “Keep It Safe,” which is perhaps a promise to stay wild, stay strong, and let all that hard work pay off.

Brandy Crowe

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  After having overcome some recent life challenges, last month Wild Ones re-released their debut album Keep It Safe through Topshelf Records.

  Danielle Sullivan’s writing reflects some of the tensions leading to growth, tapping into lucid thoughts of pure connection and how letting go is easier for some than others. Her vocals are high and clear, and the formula of each song is still sweet and synthy. But what stands out most from the instrumentation of their previous EP, You’re A Winner, is the breadth of electronics, the new drumming of Seve Sheldon, and the guitar styling of Nick Vicario who transitioned from bassist to guitarist in the band. 

  This album is bound to narrate upcoming summer excursions. Slower songs like “18 Mile Island” carry intricate guitar solos behind breezy soundscapes and lyrics of “make believin’ is the only thing i do.” “Lion Heart” begins beefed up with a heavy riff over drum beats, then hops and skips lightly into pop and intricate keyboard, before finishing with a rock guitar wail. There is a lot of crystalline electronic looping as well on tracks such as “Row,” and the final, title track “Keep It Safe,” which is perhaps a promise  to stay wild, stay strong, and let all that hard work pay off. Listen to the album here.

- Brandy Crowe

 

 

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Fisherman's Village Music Festival: May 16-17 in Everett, WA

Lying within 25 miles of Seattle, the resurgence of a music scene is inevitable, though building any community is a slow process. Led by the Everett Music Initiative, the Fisherman's Village Music Festival is finally bringing recognition to Everett, Washington as being part of the thriving music culture in the region. The event features an intriguing lineup over the course of two days, Friday May 16th through Saturday May 17th. Performances will be at four venues: the Historic Everett Theatre, an outdoor theater called the Shipyard, the Cannery and the Bait shop at Kroakers. The bands listed cover all genres, providing a one size fits all for sound preference while maintaining an authentic Pacific Northwest flair. General admission for the weekend is under $70 and well worth the investment. 

Portland has etched its way into the event's lineup including pop favorites Radiation City, Wild Ones, Pure Bathing Culture and Aan, who are spread out through both days to allow for minimal conflicting performance times. Heavier jamming from The We Shared Milk, Animal Eyes and Hobosexual are showcased at appropriate hours early enough in the day to provide energy for explorations through the charming city. Experimental and always mind-expanding Nurses rarely perform in the rose city, so missing their performance at the outdoor theatre is not an option. 
 
There is an overwhelming amount of fine acts from the Seattle area as well. Don't miss La Luz, who is known to incite amusing dance moves amongst their audiences. Be swooned by three part vocal harmonies of Everett locals the Moondoggies. Psych rockers Night Beats are destined to become your new favorite. Looking for more electronic waves? Vox Mod is there for you.
 
For this being the first year for the Everett Music Initiative to put on the Fisherman's Village Music Fest, there is no doubt they are doing something right. This festival will be one to either constantly remind you of how lucky it is to reside in the Pacific Northwest, or persuade you towards relocation if you're only visiting. 
 
- Colette Pomerleau
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Best of 2013 Poll for Emerging Portland Artists: FINAL RESULTS!

Deli Nation,

Our Year End Poll for Emerging Portland Artists was - as usual - a painstaking (and somewhat excruciating) process, but we pulled it of with remarkable flair!

Kudos to nocturnal psych-rockers Genders (pictured) for winning it! Thumbs up to ethereal dream poppers WL and to sugary indie pop maestros Wild Ones.

Here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Portland scene expert (our jury, list at the bottom) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each. Then we polled our writers, then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Portland produced in the year 2013, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

BEST OF 2013 POLL FOR EMERGING PORTLAND ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS ******
 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Genders
9
2
0.012
 
11.012
2
WL
9
1
0.006
 
10.006
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3
Wild Ones
9
 
0.002
 
9.002
icon
4
Sama Dams
5
2
0.022
1
8.022
icon
5
The Ghost Ease
6
2
0.004
 
8.004
icon
6
Grammies
5
2
0.003
 
7.003
icon
7
Your Rival
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
8
Fanno Creek
5
 
0.007
 
5.007
icon
9
Rags and Ribbons
4
 
0.5
 
4.5
icon
10
Tango Alpha Tango
3
1
0.039
 
4.039
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11

Wooden Indian Burial Ground
2
2
0.007
 
4.007
12
Natasha Kmeto
3
1
0.004
 
4.004
icon
13
Adam Brock
 
 
1
3
4
icon
14
Bearcubbin
3
 
0.027
 
3.027
icon
15
A Volcano
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
16
Bevelers
2
1
0.008
 
3.008
icon
17
Magic Mouth
2
1
0.005
 
3.005
icon
 
The Autonomics
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
19
Sun Angle
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
20
Holy Grove
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
21
Modern Kin
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
22
Magic Fades
3
 
0
 
3
icon
 
She's Not Dead
1
 
2
 
3
icon
24
Just Lions
 
 
1.5
1
2.5
icon
 
Manx
2
 
0.5
 
2.5
icon
26
Adventure Galley
 
 
0.051
2
2.051
icon
27
The Cabin Project
2
 
0.035
 
2.035
icon
28
Grandhorse
2
 
0.016
 
2.016
icon
29
Melville
2
 
0.012
 
2.012
icon
 
Souvenir Driver
1
1
0.012
 
2.012
icon
31
Hungers
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
 
Grandparents
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
33
The Ecstatics
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
34
The Moonshine
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
35
Dresses
2
 
0
 
2
icon
 
The People Electric
1
1
0
 
2
icon
37
Coma Serfs
 
 
0.025
1.5
1.525
icon
 
Shy Girls
1
 
0.015
 
1.015
icon
39
Mister Tang
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
Summer Cannibals
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
41
Big Haunt
1
 
0.005
 
1.005
icon
42
Rare Monk
 
 
0.004
1
1.004
icon
43
Litanic Mask
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The Suicide Notes
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The We Shared Milk
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
46
Soft Shadows
 
 
0.002
1
1.002
icon
47
There Is No Mountain
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
The Last 45's
1
 
0
 
1
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

 

List of jurors: Matt King (Mississippi Studios) James Dineen (Sessions From the Box) Rochelle Hunter (PDX Pop Now!) Nick Gattman (Alhambra Theatre) Chris Young (Oregon Music News) Cassandra Bryant (Lippop Booking) Theo Craig (Smoke Signals Booking) Louie Herr and Aaron Colter (Banana Stand Media) Michele Motta (Club 21) Nalin Silva (Kelly’s Olympian) Chris Cantino (Into the Woods) Mark Dilson (PDX Pick) Hollister Dixon and Yousef Hatlani (Faces on the Radio) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder (Party Boyz) Dennise Kowalczyk (KZME) Gustav (94.7 too) Ashley Jocz ( RIP City Review) Jared Amon (KINK)

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

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