Get wild with top indie band at FTC

Expect a fresh new sound from Wild Child. The Austin, Texas-based indie-pop band brings a new dimension to its music in Expectations, its fourth full-length studio album. Working with diverse producers and musicians makes this album different, yet the band maintains its unique fusion of folk, indie, pop, and Americana with a feel-good vibe.

The band consists of Kelsey Wilson, Alexander Beggins, Sadie Wolfe, Matt Bradshaw, Tom Myers, Cody Ackors, and Tyler Osmond. Since its inception eight years ago, Wild Child has developed a huge fan base, performed at major music festivals, including South by Southwest,  Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza, and experienced many viral hits. The band was voted Best Indie Band and Best Folk Band at the Austin Music Awards. Its Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube streams surpass 10 million listens, and its song Meadows was featured in an episode of Jane the Virgin.     

Wild Child is bringing its show to The Warehouse at the Fairfield Theater Company on March 28 with special guests The Wild Reeds. We spoke with Alexander Beggins about the upcoming show.

Pamela Brown: How is Expectations different from previous albums?

Alexander Beggins: We decided early on not to have a deadline to finish it and take as long as we needed to make it feel right and complete. We worked with a number of different producers over a period of a year and let their creative processes influence ours. We also added a guitar player to our lineup, which we had, for whatever reason, been against for our entire career.

PB: What is the meaning of the title, Expectations?

AB: It has a dual meaning. Lyrically, this record dives into our personal lives over the past few years. It addresses the state of our relationships with our partners at the time and the aftermath, feelings and questions left after their demise. This is also our fourth studio record, and we felt a certain amount of pressure to make it great and different. We set certain expectations for ourselves, if you will.

PB: Why do you have a child’s voice say, “Don’t think that way” at the start of the song Alex?

AB: The song tries to capture the inner dialogue you have with yourself when you’re going through something heavy, when your mind turns a mile a minute trying to figure out what is the right thing to do. We thought [there was] no better way to do that than to juxtapose a child’s playful tone to set up the story of the song. The voice is actually Kelsey’s 3-year-old niece, Avery.  

PB: Do you feel it’s important for musicians to challenge themselves?

AB: If you don’t, you’ll lose your passion. You should learn new instruments, write different styles of songs, and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. It’s the only way to grow.

PB: How did you bring all the ideas of the band members and producers together to present a cohesive album?

AB: We made it a priority to give the songs up to the song gods and let them find their own path. All ideas were explored — good and bad — and compromises were made by all. The end was to make something together that we all were proud of.

PB: What sets you apart from other indie-pop bands?

AB: We make honest music that isn’t too formulaic or sugar-coated.

PB: Do all seven band members get along?

AB: We all love each other very much. It’s like a big family. We argue and we fight like all real relationships, but at the end of the day, it’s all out of love. Sometimes we joke about how we spend more time sleeping in hotel beds together than with our significant others back home. Well, we joke about that. They probably don’t.

PB: How did the name Wild Child come about?

AB: On the tour that we met we took an incredibly cheesy photo together in the woods and started making jokes about what our band name would be. Wild Child stuck.  

PB: What can the audience expect at your upcoming concert at FTC?

AB: We try and bring our best to every show. It doesn’t matter how big the crowd is or how it sounds. We are there to have fun and connect with people. Let’s sing songs and dance around together and leave our worries at the door.