“…[Wild Cub’s] brand of darkly-tinged new wave recalls elements of the youthful abandon of John Hughes soundtracks, the baleful allure of Greg Dulli, and the clockwork electronics of New Order’s middle period.”
Formed in early 2012 by songwriter-composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, Wild Cub’s debut LP ‘Youth’ was released last August in the US, and showcases the now five-piece band’s dexterity in seamless transitions between infectious electro-pop, tropical rhythms, and quiet washes of cinematic reflection.
PASTE has called ‘Youth’ “full of small complexities that fill songs as they unwittingly slide into each other” and The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy deemed Wild Cub one of ‘12 Acts to Watch’ at the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, while Entertainment Weekly recommended lead single “Thunder Clatter” as “clattering joyful noise.” Press attention has continued with Nylon giving their ‘Band Crush’ stamp of approval, as well as video and track premieres on noted sites such as SPIN, PASTE, IFC, RCRD LBL, Refinery29 and more. A cover of Jessie Ware’s “Running” & a remix of Atlas Genius’ “Symptoms” brought increased awareness, the band’s electrifying live show has established Wild Cub as a force.
Freshly into 2013, the band has seen the release of Youth in the UK, with notable press attention from Clash Music, The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit (“Youth relentlessly offers up huge pop songs delivered with sheer gusto & intelligence”), andTop Shop (“sweet, tropically-tinged, dance-y pop”). Not ones to rest for long, the band recently performed at designer Rebecca Minkoff’s NY Fashion Week show and burned through eight shows at this year’s SXSW festival. Wild Cub’s busy year will continue this summer with multiple festival performances – including at the Hangout Fest in May – and more touring to come.
Wild Cub is: Keegan DeWitt (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Bullock (guitar/synths), Dabney Morris (drums), Harry West (bass), and Eric Wilson (keys/synths).