Acoustic punk duo This Wild Life made their national TV debut last night on an episode of The Bachelorette. They performed their song “Roots and Branches (Meant to Be Alone)” at a private concert for the couple on a one-on-one date. This Wild Life’s debut album Clouded is out today on Epitaph.
This Wild Life is duo Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Jordan and Del Gross grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store. Soon enough, they started their own pop-punk band and made music together as This Wild Life. They played fast, they played loud and they didn’t stand out from the crowd until they did the least “punk” thing possible. It was also bolder than anything in the punk rock rulebook: they got quiet and played acoustically.
Jordan finds inspiration for his vocals outside the heavy world. “Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites. Maybe people wouldn’t expect that. Or maybe they would,” he laughs. Clouded 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 their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland.
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. Catch the band all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour.
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