The indie rock band, Wildling, is currently on tour supporting Young The Giant’s fall U.S. tour. While they’re on this tour, they will be doing an exclusive blog for us. You can check out the fifth entry about the recent terrorist attack in Paris, after the break.
In our blog posts, we’ve been saying all the shows on our tour with Young the Giant have been amazing. Often increasingly so. It may come across as hyperbole, but it’s the truth. Every show WAS amazing (tour’s over now). We worked really, really hard in the lead-up to this tour so that we were ready from the outset to play the biggest rooms of our lives. We nailed it from the beginning, and from then on it’s just been a process of learning how to keep turning it up. Every crowd we’ve played for has played a part in helping us grow, get comfortable on stage, and expand our show.
Keep in mind we still haven’t played 50 shows as a band.
We credit our second night in Urbana as the one where we made a big breakthrough. The crowd was as energetic and excited as most all the other shows, but we, the band, all brought it to the next level, somehow. Maybe it just had to do with being so comfortable with our material at that point that we no longer have to think about what we were doing; the performance becomes the vehicle for us to transcend. Like a meditation.
The night we played Oklahoma City was another breakthrough. That was the night of the Paris attacks. And as you might have read in our prior entry, our performance took on a new meaning that night. It was no longer just about us, or the room—we started playing for love, with the spirit and memories of people who’s lives have been inflicted or lost due to violence. Everywhere. But for that night, it was for Paris.
After OKC, we only had three shows left: one in Tulsa, and two nights in Boulder. Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa was a blast. We learned something important on this trip: Okies, in general, really love and appreciate music. We will ALWAYS make playing in Oklahoma a priority, whenever we can. We love the fans, we love the food, and we love the coffee.
The day after the show at Cain’s Ballroom, we hit the road and drove straight to Boulder, CO. It took all day to get there, but when we showed up at our friend Asa’s hotel, Adventure Lodge, we were greeted with beers and an open fire by the Young the Giant boys and other friends who flew out to Colorado for the back-to-back shows.
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the tour. We got to spend two days running around Boulder with our friends and play two amazing sold out shows. To top it off, we received our first offer for a record label deal (you’ll have to stay tuned for updates on that)!
The morning after the last show, we slept in, got brunch, and started the long drive back to Los Angeles. We passed through snow and ice in the Rockies at dark and made it to Utah to sleep. Had lunch in Las Vegas the next day, and pulled into Los Angeles as the sun was setting.
This tour couldn’t have gone better for us. We met so many amazing people, had the most fun of our lives playing shows, and got to spend time on the road with our friends Young the Giant. We’re very grateful to them for this incredible opportunity. It’s already helped us grow and develop so much as a band.
The PledgeMusic campaign, which we were running throughout the tour, concluded two weeks after we got back to LA. We’re very happy and proud to say we met our goal, and thus, we raised the funds that enabled us to self-release our debut EP. It’s now available everywhere.
Thanks for following us on the road. We wish you a happy holiday and New Year, and we hope you’ll stay in touch with us as we continue to chart our journey!