I’m a newfound fan of The Lonely Wild, but I have to say the band is instantly addicting and I haven’t stopped devouring their tunes since I started. The group is based in L.A. but luckily for San Diego fans they’re making Soda Bar they’re temporary home on Tuesday nights in January (Note: they also have a residency on Wednesdays this month at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa).
“Soda Bar is definitely one of our favorite spots in town,” lead singer Andrew Carroll tells Sound in San Diego. “We’ve had some really enthusiastic audiences in San Diego, and we’ve met a lot of cool people here, so we’re excited to be coming back every week in January.”
Like most good bands The Lonely Wild’s sound is a bit hard to define. The songs on their album The Sun As It Comes are a varied collection featuring elements of folk, rock, and even some country-western sounds. The title track presents a beautiful soundscape that builds to a fever pitch at the climax of the tune – something heard on several of their songs. “Closer Than The Needle” features a more stripped down sound with acoustic guitar and aching vocals at the forefront. The sound of some songs is reminiscent of Gomez and Blind Pilot– both of whom I love, but this band definitely has a unique identity as well. Yet another favorite “Buried in the Murder” is haunting with its layers of instruments and harmonies giving it a cinematic feel – this bitchen video doesn’t hurt either:
“We’ve got a few surprises in store for the month ahead,” Carroll says. “We definitely want to use this residency as an opportunity to try out new material. We’ll also be rotating in some fun covers and pulling out some early, never-recorded material.”
And of course they’ll be sharing the Soda Bar stage with some great local bands with three bands in all each week.
“We’re excited to be sharing the stage with a lot of great local SD acts this month, and we’re excited to get to know the SD music scene better.”
If all that weren’t enough to perk your ears up here are the individual line-ups for The Lonely Wild‘s residency and tickets are only $5.
January 7 with Creature and the Woods and The Heavy Guilt: Creature and the Woods is a new project comprised of the wildly talented Shelbi Bennett (The Midnight Pine), Leanna Patterson (The Whiskey Circle) and Roger Molina (formerly of Leanna May and The Matadors). And of course The Heavy Guilt always bring a healthy dose of rocktastic fun. Lots of talent right out of the gate!
January 14 with The Palace Ballroom and Low Volts: This will be an eclectic night of music with alt-rockers The Palace Ballroom and blues-rock one-man-band Low Volts. If you need an excuse to party on a Tuesday- this is surely it.
January 21 with Soda Pants and Nena Anderson & The Mules. Soda Pants are the group that surprised the pants off folks when they took home the SDMA for Best New Artist (see what I did there?) They sound a bit folky and a bit funky with both male and female vocalists- looking forward to checking them out live. Nena Anderson is one of my favorite lady singers in town. While her stripped down solo sets are terrific tastes of Americana goodness, it’s extra great to see her backed by her band of rogue gentlemen.
January 28 with Adams & Eves and The Whiskey Circle. The Lonely Wild is finishing up their residency in a big way with this one. Adams & Eves bring a lot to the stage with diverse instruments from banjo to vibraphone. They’re a quirky mixture of alt-rock and pop-folk. The Whiskey Circle was one of my picks for bands to go see in 2014 so clearly- I’m a fan. They’re more on the country end of the folk spectrum with a classic rock edge. I’m a sucker for Leanna Patterson’s powerful lead vocals- and when she covers Patsy Cline? Get outta here!