Wild Adriatic has all the vivaciousness that an up-and-coming band should. Since their official conception just two years ago, they have been in nonstop production mode.
What started as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Travis Gray and guitarist Shane Gilman in 2009 (then named Travis Gray and the Frontiers), the four member band we now call Wild Adriatic was in the studio just a year later recording its first EP, The Lion. Surging off the album’s single, “Love and Loss,” the East Coast rock band took to the road to support their debut, receiving critical acclaim and sharing sold-out venues with artists such as Third Eye Blind and Saving Abel.
Doing what bands with a growing fan base should do, Wild Adriatic hasn’t skipped a beat. At the end of the tour and the start of the new year, they were back in the studio to record their second EP, Lock & Key. The six-song album is aimed at producing a more classic, soulful sound with a high-hat-nod to vintage blues and rock ‘n roll. Lock & Key is scheduled for an April 27th release, a minor detail among the band’s commitment to live performances and music video releases throughout the year.
For the EP’s first video, the group asked their followers to submit clips of themselves dancing, singing, and shredding their air guitars to the catchy melody and rhythmic bass line of “Bound to Let You Go.” As a result, we get a wonderful blend of self-depreciation and down-to-earth endearment both from and to the fans. The compilation varies, of course, from convincing lip-syncing and choreographed dance routines to poetic walkabouts with sunglasses. I think I saw a few dogs in there too. The settings are just as interesting as the subjects. While most of the fans are expectantly getting-down safely inside their bedrooms or kitchens, some of the bolder submissions are recorded from crosswalks, in stores, and (I’m pretty sure) while on the clock at work.
Don’t let these potentially viral clips distract from the music, though. Wild Adriatic delivers their promised mix of blues, rock, and soul. Although the melody itself leans toward a catchy pop hit, it isn’t hard to imagine the lyrics aching out of the mouth of a Muddy Waters or a Johnny Winter either. The guitar riff is reminiscent of a Led Zeppelin hook, and from there the bass line and steady beat provide all the soul needed to make the world get up, dance, record themselves, and click “Submit.”
Wild Adriatic, per usual, will continue their highly productive routine of recording, touring, and filming. I’m sure the high-energy fans from the video are looking forward to an LP release to accompany a longer dance session. From more information on the band, click here.
Lock & Key tracklisting:
3)Bound To Let You Go
4)Make Like A Ghost
5)Lock + Key
6)New Sun Rising
Wild Adriatic Tour Dates:
04/06: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
04/20: Potsdam, NY @ Cheel Arena (w/ All American Rejects + Rocket to the Moon)
04/21: Albany, NY @ MOVE Festival (w/ The Wombats + Paranoid Social Club)
04/27: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den (Lock & Key CD Release Show)
05/09: Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill (w/ Zac Clark Young Volcanoes)
06/22: Pattersonville, NY @ Harley Rendezvous 2012