This Wild Life Clouded on LP + CD
Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life is the duo of Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso who grew up in the city's tightknit DIY punk scene. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens. The conversations were about hardcore, punk and scream bands such as Thursday, The Used, and Senses Fail. Soon enough, they started their own pop-punk band and made music together as This Wild Life.
They played fast, they played loud and they didn't stand out from the crowd until they did the least “punk” thing possible. It was also bolder than anything in the punk rock rulebook: they got quiet and played acoustically. The music itself connected with fans, even as it surprised them. They take pride in making music based in hardcore and punk rock, but with wider appeal. In contrast to the harsh music that This Wild Life grew up on, Jordan finds inspiration for his vocals outside the hardcore punk world, “Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites. Maybe people wouldn’t expect that. Or maybe they would.”
Clouded is their debut full-length for Epitpah Records, recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Clouded maintains the core attributes of their sound – Jordan’s vulnerable, expressive lyrics, DelGrosso’s nimble fingerpicking – while pushing themselves towards more ambitious sounds. “We tried out a string section, pianos, different kinds of guitars, we didn't want to limit ourselves,” Jordan notes. Clouded is the triumphant result of years marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing This Wild Life’s heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience that they've certainly earned along the way.
This Wild Life Clouded Track Listing:
2. Over It
3. No More Bad Days
4. Roots and Branches (Meant To Be Alone)
5. Bound to Break
6. Better With You
7. Looking Back
8. Don't Say