Epitaph is pleased to welcome This Wild Life to the roster. This Wild Life will release their debut album Clouded in the UK on May 25. This Wild Life will also perform all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour US. Listen to the first cut from the album and watch the video for ‘History’ here.
Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life is duo Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Jordan and Del Grosso grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens – predominantly hardcore and punk. Soon enough, they started their own pop-punk band and made music together as This Wild Life. They played fast and they played loud, blending fully into the scene until they did something that set them apart from the pack: they got quiet and played acoustically.
The music itself connected with fans, even as it surprised them. This Wild Life take pride in making music based in hardcore and punk rock, but with the scope to appeal across genre lines. 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,” he laughs.
A big part of who they are as a band is to remain true to their DIY punk ethic. Aftershows are played, tweets responded to and comments acknowledged online. The band put in the work to gain the support of their fan base. Now, This Wild Life has an army of 80K YouTube subscribers with videos of over 2.75 million views.
Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. The album 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 they’ve earned.
Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting: http://eu.kingsroadmerch.com/this-wild-life/
CLOUDED TRACK LIST
01. Concrete // 02. Over It // 03. No More Bad Days // 04. History // 05. Roots and Branches (Meant To Be Alone) // 06. Bound to Break // 07. Better With You // 08. Looking Back // 09. Don’t Say // 10. 405