Wild Ones have unveiled the latest music video from their stunning debut album Keep It Safe. The music video for “From Nothing” was filmed in the ghost town of Shaniko, OR by accomplished director Judah Switzer; known for his work with Cut Copy, Yacht, and Kanye West. In the video Danielle Sullivan, the lead singer of Wild Ones, walks defiantly through town towards an unknown terror as everybody else runs the other direction.
“[Keep It Safe] is filled with impeccable arrangements and a mature pop sensibility that hits you from the first note. …a grandiose and melancholy pop sound that is both novel and retro, innovative and comfortable.”
– TIME “14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014”
This summer the Portland, OR based five-piece released their debut album Keep It Safe on local indie Party Damage Records. Since then they’ve steadily won over converts to their blend of peppy yet slightly morose electro pop while touring along side and sharing the stage with bands like Surfer Blood, The Flaming Lips, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. “The melodic grace of singer Danielle Sullivan is undeniable,” writes SPIN, “while the band’s mix of buoyant synth-pop and familiar indie-rock keeps things moving ever forward.”
The release of the music video for “From Nothing” follows a string of west-coast tour dates including gigs with Au Revoir Simone, Tim Kasher, and local Portland peers Typhoon. As well as their recent signing with the esteemed Windish booking agency, and their inclusion in TIMEmagazine’s list of “Musical Acts To Watch in 2014”. All in all, a great end to 2013 for a band that was on the verge of collapse a year prior.
In late 2012 when guitarist Clayton Knapp had blown out an eardrum, the band’s original drummer left the group and his replacement, Seve Sheldon, was in the hospital with a punctured lung, practicing songs on a drum pad with a tube sticking out of his chest. The band’s members had funneled all of their money into a debut record, Keep It Safe, that had taken a year to write and nine months to record and mix. It was make-or-break time. Wild Ones made.
The album that finally emerged after well over a year of gestation, is bigger than the sum of its meticulously gathered parts. Wild Ones’ members come from vastly disparate musical backgrounds-guitarist Nick Vicario was a Portland punk icon long before he turned 18; bassist Max Stein is a classical composer-and all of their 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.