After catching a set from Lightning Bolt at LPR, I bolted over to Brooklyn to catch Wild Nothings’ New York live return at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The comeback show was a part of a series of show that the band are performing as a part of Converse’s always welcome Rubber Tracks series. The free show sold out pretty much instantly, and featured support from Brooklyn band Journalism.
This was Wild Nothing’s first performance in New York for some time, but they made us feel right at home, opening with their breakthrough single “Summer Holiday.” This live version of Wild Nothing featured DIIV’s synth-player Colin Caulfield (formerly known as Young Man) and EZTV’s drummer Michael Stasiak. They fit in snugly around Tatum and Wild Nothing’s returning members: bassist Jeff Haley and guitarist Nathan Goodman.
The night featured all of the songs you’d want and expect to hear from their two great records, but the night also served as a chance for them to taste out material from their upcoming new album for the first time in New York. This included new songs such as “Adore,” “Lady Blue,” “Alien,” “TV Queen,” and “To Know You.” These songs maintained the very 80’s sound that the band perfectly emulate, with a few twists and turns into something a bit darker and even more mature. This is somewhat similar of their Captured Tracks label mates DIIV.
Like DIIV, Wild Nothing are a band that I know will return to form with their new release, even if that means taking their sound to a new destination. Based on the small samplings that I heard from Tatum’s band, we are in for a real treat when the record is released. I can’t wait to hear this songs again with the new record as a bit of context.
Find the setlist posted below, along with a video of Wild Nothing performing new song “Adore”:
Wild Nothing – “Adore” (New Song)
Wild Nothing Setlist:
1. Summer Holiday
3. Adore (New Song)
4. Only Heather
5. Lady Blue (New Song)
6. Live In Dreams
7. The Blue Dress
9. The Witching Hour
10. TV Queen (New Song)
11. To Know You