Epitaph is pleased to welcome This Wild Life to the roster. This Wild Life will release their debut album Clouded on May 27. This Wild Life will also perform all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour. Listen to the first cut from the album "History" by visiting href="http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/this_wild_life_history_video_premiere">Alternative Press.
Hailing from Long Beach, CA, 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, bonding over music of their teens. The conversations were about hardcore, punk and scream bands such as Thursday, The Used, and Senses Fail. 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.
The music itself connected with fans, even as it surprised them. They take pride in making music based in hardcore and punk rock, but with wider appeal. In contrast to the harsh music that This Wild Life grew up on, Jordan finds inspiration for his vocals outside the hardcore punk world. "Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites. Maybe people wouldn't expect that. Or maybe they would," he laughs.
A big part of who they are as a band is to remain true to their DIY punk ethic. After shows are played, tweets responded to and comments acknowledged online. The band put in the work to gain the support of their fan base. Now, This Wild Life has an army of 80K YouTube subscribers with videos of over 2.75 million views.
Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. 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 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.
Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting the href="http://kingsroadmerch.com/this-wild-life/">This Wild Life Store.
WARPED TOUR DATES
June 11 Houston, TX - Reliant Park
June 14 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
June 15 Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 17 Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
June 18 Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park
June 19 Las Vegas, NV - Luxor Lot
June 20 Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
June 21 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 22 Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
June 25 Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 26 Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 28 Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
June 29 Portland, OR - Expo Center Parking Lot
July 02 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 03 Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
July 04 Toronto, Canada - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 05 Montreal, Canada - Parc Jean Drapeau
July 06 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
July 08 Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 09 Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
July 10 Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
July 11 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
July 12 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 13 Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
July 15 Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 18 Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 19 Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 20 Shakopee, MN - Canterbury Park
July 22 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 23 Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 24 Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 25 St Petersburg, FL - Vinoy Park
July 26 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 27 Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 29 Nashville, TN - Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 30 Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
July 31 Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 03 Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High