By Zak Johnson
April 26th, 2018
VANCOUVER – Wild Child, a six-piece indie-pop folk band from Austin TX, returned to Vancouver to put on an entertaining and intimate show at the Fox Cabaret on April 26th, 2018. The show was part of an extensive tour to promote their new album, “Expectations”. With the stage located at the back of the modest Fox Cabaret, results in a show that provides the ideal opportunity for a band to connect with its fans.
Wild Child took the stage at 10:00 PM and smiled warmly at their fans as they began setting up their instruments. It was impossible to ignore the immediate connection formed between band and audience as Kelsey Wilson, the band’s primary vocalist and fiddler, addressed and welcomed the eager crowd (including Wilson’s mother). The band then jumped right into “Fools” to kick off their set. Wild Child played with energy, grace, and synchronicity through an array of songs from all of their albums, including “Alex”, “The Tale of You & Me”, “Trillo Talk” and “Bullets”. While Vancouver marked Wild Child’s 40th city on the Expectations Tour, the band revealed no signs of fatigue or indifference after playing so many shows. Rather, Wild Child appeared more dedicated and invested than ever.
Wild Child then slowed down their pace as Wilson and the band’s second vocalist and ukulele player, Alexander Beggins, performed an exclusive duet of “The One” and “Break Bones”. While the songs are both about love (both blossoming and failed), the intimate duet turned into comic reprieve as the two joked about their pretend romance (which, new coming fans often suspect is real, until they see the duo’s true dynamic). Both Beggins and Wilson promptly clarified that such a relationship would be “gross” and would “never happen”.
The second half of the set spanned all four of their albums, most notably featuring “Break You Down”, “Bad Girl”, “Sinking Ship” and “Expectations”. Wild Child then came back on stage for encore performances of “Someone Else” and “Crazy Bird”. It was evident how crushed the fans were when Wild Child concluded their hour and a half set.
Two things became clear by the end of the night. First, Wild Child loves performing together. The Expectations Tour alone has 49 stops. However, Wild Child demonstrates during their live shows why they love performing so much. The band was enthusiastic throughout the performance. All members were able to showcase their talents at one point or another and in the interim sound like a fine-tuned indie-pop orchestra. The band clearly loves playing together. Second, Wild Child plays not only because they love their music, but because they also love their fans. The band consistently connected with the audience in different ways throughout the set; from making meaningful eye contact with individual fans, to bantering with people in the crowd, to walking into the middle of the audience to collectively sing “Pillow Talk”. Wild Child’s reputation continues to gain momentum, and the band’s love of their music, their performances and of their fans will only drive the group to further success as time goes on.