With a name like Wild Pink, it's only right if you're wild, right?....WRONG. Wild Pink is totally opposite from wild. They sound a little like Phil Collins, well an Indie Phil Collins for that matter. In other words, they're totally chill. Another great shoegaze and dream pop band, like Hatchie and Turnover who've we talked about before on First State Studios.
Wild Pink is the sort of band that gets overlooked often, but doesn't really mind if that happens. And that's exactly what happened to the band. According to Pitchfork, by the end of 2017, Wild Pink’s self-titled debut was being celebrated as one of the year’s overlooked gems. That's definitely better than just being overlooked. It's like they're supposed to be overlooked as much as possible, just so people can say, "hey this is the most overlooked band" and it's actually the truth at that point.
This designation would’ve had the ring of faint praise if the band’s music hadn’t sounded like it was made to be stumbled upon. John Ross sang fully formed, footnoted sentences at a conversational volume. The hooks never gave you a hard sell—they were just phrases that rattled around on repeat, lodging themselves in your short-term memory. Wild Pink could kick up enough distortion to get loud, occasionally even bordering on rude, but Ross’ pose remained the same, staring off into the distance amid the ambient clatter of New York City. Listening to him sing felt like eavesdropping on someone muttering something to himself that he should’ve said an hour ago.
So to answer the question above...Wild Pink is not wild. Case closed.
Author: Kyle Sobieski
Kyle Sobieski is a digital content producer and founder of First State Studios. With a background in music and songwriting under the pseudonym Pierce Frolic, Kyle personally knows the amount of work and determination that goes into becoming an artist of any medium. Towards the end of high school, Kyle realized the lack of support in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware for the arts and underground talents. So he began digging deeper into the lives of local artists, and thus, First State Studios was born. Sobieski has a diverse musical palette and loves nothing more in life than seeing people who are passionate and courageous with what they do. "It's these people who make the world a more colorful, intimate place for everybody."