Nashville's Wild Cub are no strangers to Austin, but this evening marked their first appearance on the stage at Stubb's.
"We've been waiting a long time for this," said frontman Keegan DeWitt. "We love Austin, and Stubb's is our favorite."
The five-piece worked up a sweat rushing to get the most out of their short, polished set of tropical '80s rock, keeping chat to a minimum and saving time for an extended jam on fan favorite and pop-rock gem "Thunder Clatter," which got a solid clap-along going in the audience, and a subtle cover of Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers."
But the performance wasn't entirely without stage banter. DeWitt had some harsh words for music bloggers — or at least one unnamed blogger — after a review of Wild Cub from this week that said they were "trying too hard."
"You guys are choosy listeners, and it means a lot to us that you're here," DeWitt said. "I want you to know we're working our asses off for you."
That work must be paying off. Wild Cub will be back in Austin and at Stubb's in April for two sold-out shows with Vampire Weekend.