Wild Ones Debut Full-Length Keep It Safe Out NOW Via Topshelf Records Currently on US Spring Tour with Typhoon

April 2, 2014
Savannah Mark

Savannah Mark


Yesterday (April 1st) marked the release date for the debut full-length Keep It Safe from Portland’s Wild Ones on Topshelf Records.  The band is currently on a full US tour supporting Typhoon  (all tour dates below).

It seems as though Keep It Safe, the debut album from Portland, Oregon’s dreamy electro-pop band Wild Ones keeps getting a new lease on life.  It’s only appropriate, given the record’s make-or-break origin story.  On the verge of collapse in 2012, facing a barrage of health issues that ranged from a blown-out eardrum to a punctured lung, the band made the decision to funnel all their resources into the creation of Keep It Safe.  A risky choice given the tenuous health of many of the band’s members at that point in time, but one that has proven again and again to have paid off in spades.

Purchase Keep It Safe
Recorded and mixed by the band themselves (with help from engineer David Pollock) who operate as a DIY collective, Keep It Safe is bigger than the sum of its meticulously gathered parts. All the members’ experiences inform pop music that is influenced by everything from German techno to American R&B. These are sounds that don’t usually come packaged together, but in the able hands of Wild Ones, they seem a perfectly natural fit, and critics agree.
Listen to Wild Ones’ Daytrotter Session
SPIN said “The melodic grace of singer Danielle Sullivan is undeniable, while the band’s mix of buoyant synth-pop and familiar indie-rock keeps things moving ever forward.”  Time Magazine hailed Wild Ones as a Band to Watch in 2014, saying of the album”Keep It Safe is filled with impeccable arrangements and a mature pop sensibility that hits you from the first note. The songs are anchored by Danielle Sullivan’s distinct voice, which brings to mind both The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan and Harriet Wheeler from The Sundays. Her mesmerizing vocal melodies work well with the inventive synthesizer compositions of Thomas Himes — fused with supple guitar and bass work you get a grandiose and melancholy pop sound that is both novel and retro, innovative and comfortable. “

01) Golden Twin
02) Curse Over Me
03) Rivals
04) 18 Mile Island
05) It’s Real
06) Row
07) Nina
08) From Nothing
09) Lion Heart
10) Paia
11) Keep It Safe
Tour Dates:
04/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall%
04/03 – Chicago, IL @ Metro%
04/04 – Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s
04/05 – Madison, WI @ UW Madison%
04/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04/07 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose%
04/08 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room%
04/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird%
04/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge%
04/12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory%
04/19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
% = w/ Typhoon

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